How to AirDrop from Mac to iPhone 12/11/XS/XR/8/7/6

AirDrop is a feature that was specially designed for Apple products, i.e. MacOS and other iOS devices. The AirDrop enables the users to transfer files from one device to another. It works via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. You will be able to transfer the media files without using the mail or some other massive storage device. But the question is how can you AirDrop from Mac to iPhone?

The process sounds easy to carry out, but a single mistake and the transfer will fail abundantly. So, in this article, we are going to learn what is AirDrop and how to AirDrop for the transfer of files.

Part 1. Requirements for Using AirDrop

The AirDrop has its own functioning and features and hence the requirements also differ from other sharing and transfer apps. The important requirements for using AirDrop are given below:

  • At least iPhone 5 model, a fifth-generation iPod, iPad Mini, or a 4th generation iPad.
  • The iOS version must be iOS 7 or higher.
  • Mac PC released in 2012 or after.
  • Mac running on the Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10) or later.
  • An extra Mac or iOS user with AirDrop compatibility.
  • Bluetooth must be turned on.
  • Wi-Fi network connection must be established.
  • The users with whom you want to share the content must be in the range of the device.

Once you have learned about the requirements of using AirDrop, it is time to learn how to turn on AirDrop on Mac.

Part 2. How to AirDrop from Mac to iPhone 12/11/XS/XR/8/7/6

To use AirDrop, you have to perform very simple steps. But you must first turn on the AirDrop on your iPhone. Follow the steps below to know how to turn on AirDrop on iPhone:

Step 1. Open Settings app and go to General Settings. In the settings, you will see AirDrop settings.

enable airdrop

Step 2. From the AirDrop options, choose the appropriate settings, i.e. Receiving Off, Contacts Only, or Everyone.

You can also enable the AirDrop option from the Swipe Up menu and tapping on the option to turn it on.

To set up AirDrop on your Mac, click on the Go button in the Finder Menu and tap on the AirDrop option. An AirDrop window will appear and your Wi-Fi or Bluetooth will turn on automatically. At the bottom of the AirDrop window, you will see the options same as iPhone.

To share data via AirDrop from Mac to iPhone, follow the steps below:

Step 1. You first choose to receive files from Contacts only or from everyone. Then the available devices or AirDrop users will be displayed on the screen. Select the user with whom you want to share the files.

select device for sharing

Step 2. Drag the files to the AirDrop screen and drop it there. Or you can directly drag the files to the name of the user from the options.

Step 3. This will prompt the target iPhone to accept the sharing. When the user accepts the transfer the files will be saved on the device and will appear in its compatible space.

Such as the images or videos will appear in the photo library, the PDF and word document will ask you to save the files on the iCloud drive or directly open them with AirDrop, etc. Thus, now you know how to AirDrop from Mac to iPhone in quick and simple steps.

Part 3. AirDrop on Mac Not Working

Sometimes, the AirDrop on Mac doesn't work properly and the sharing keeps failing again and again. There are some reasons behind this problem that be fixed with easy solutions but sometimes, the problem can't be identified. Some of the most common issues arise in using AirDrop on Mac are given below:

  • The device is not being discovered by Mac.
  • Sending or Receiving Failed.
  • AirDrop hasn't enabled Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
  • The device is out of range.
  • The target device is in Airplane or Do Not Disturb mode.
  • The device might not be compatible with AirDrop.

All these issues will result in failure of sharing the files. So, instead of using the AirDrop, you must try out other options to share files among iOS devices and MacOS.

Part 4. Transfer Files from Mac to iPhone 12/11/XS/XR/8/7/6 without AirDrop

Transferring files via AirDrop from Mac to iPhone often fails due to some unknown errors. So, you must choose an alternative that can provide you with better sharing option without resulting in failure.

That's why UltFone iOS Data Manager is a much better choice for the users as compared to AirDrop. Whether you need to share data among iOS devices, or having some trouble operating them, this all-in-one iOS data manager tool will resolve all the issues and provide you the best and most amazing option with other utility tools.

Here is the guide to allow you to transfer iTunes media files to iOS devices via iOS Data Manager:

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Step 1. Download and install UltFone software on your system and when the installation finishes, launch the software and connect your device with it. If you are prompted to "Trust This Computer", then enter the passcode and enable your iPhone to connect with the system.

Step 2. From the main screen, select the "Transfer iTunes Media to Device" option.

select transfer iTunes media to device option

Step 3. Then in the next screen, all the media files will be displayed. Choose the media files that you downloaded or purchased via iTunes and select them to add them to your device.

select media files

Step 4. Once you have selected the files, tap on the Transfer option and the software will start syncing and all the files will be imported to your iPhone.

transfer files to your iPhone

Isn't the process simple and easy? The AirDrop method requires enabling multiple settings and going through a hefty process. The iOS Transfer tool will prevent you from using AirDrop on Mac and still, you will be able to transfer media files among the MacOS and iPhone.


Thus, now you know how to AirDrop from Mac to iPhone. Apart from the traditional AirDrop method, we have also provided a far better method to share the media files between Mac and iPhone.

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