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How to instantly share files with AirDrop in iOS 11

Tap Share, tap recipient's avatar

If you’re wondering what iOS 11 has in store for AirDrop, you’ve come to the right place.

AirDrop is a great way to instantly share files with other Apple devices, and that doesn’t change in iOS 11. However, there are some parts of the setup process that do change, even if the actual sharing doesn’t.

Here’s how you can share files with AirDrop in iOS 11.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That’s why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

How to turn on and manage AirDrop in iOS 11

While you’ll still manage AirDrop through Control Center in iOS 11, the process is a bit different from what you’ve come to expect.

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to launch Control Center.
  2. Press firmly (iPhone 6s or newer) or press and hold (iPads or older iPhones) on the wireless control box on the upper left side of Control Center.

    Swipe up, press firmly

  3. Tap on AirDrop.
  4. Choose who can send things to you through AirDrop by tapping Receiving Off, Contacts Only, or Everyone.

    Tap AirDrop, choose who can send things to you

How to share files with AirDrop on iOS 11

If you’re a regular user of AirDrop, you’ll find that actually sending items hasn’t changed at all from iOS 10.

  1. Open the app that you want to share something from (e.g. Photos).
  2. Select the item you want to share.

    Open app, choose item to share

  3. Tap the share button (looks like a box with an arrow pointing up, or sometimes just the word “Share”).
  4. Tap the intended recipient’s avatar when it appears in the AirDrop row.

    Tap Share, tap recipient's avatar

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