How Do You Use AirDrop?


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AirDrop can be used as a file or page-sharing option when a compatible device is in close proximity to the transmitting device. As of 2014, sharing through the AirDrop function can be done through a button on the page or file being shared. When the button is pressed, the device begins searching for compatible devices within range. Once the device is found, a button denoting the device can be pressed.

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AirDrop is used to share whatever a user is viewing on his device, including videos, websites, images and links to applications on the Apple app store. On an iPad, iPhone or Mac interface, the AirDrop button is built into the Share menu alongside social media options, such as Facebook or Twitter.

AirDrop uses Bluetooth to create a private Wi-Fi network between two compatible Apple devices. Files sent through this connection are encrypted and protected behind a firewall. Because a Wi-Fi connection is used, file transfer speeds when using AirDrop are generally faster than comparable file-sharing applications that operate only via a Bluetooth connection.

Once you have shared the content, the receiving device receives a notification and a preview of the file. The user of the receiving device can then choose to accept or decline the content shared through AirDrop. Content shared through this method opens in a compatible application, such as the Photos app for picture files or Safari for websites.

AirDrop allows users of Apple devices to share files between them without having to connect to the same network. AirDrop creates an adHoc network between the two devices provided they are within a certain distance from each other.

The AirDrop application was first introduced on the Mac with the OS X Lion on July 20, 2011. It was later made available in Apple's line of mobile products, including the iPad and iPhone, with the iOS 7 on Sept. 18, 2013.

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