1. Chris Cook5's Avatar
    I'm trying AirDrop but doesn't seem to work well. I have Wi-Fi & Bluetooth both on. The other device has them on as well. Do you have to be right next to each other?


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    10-05-2013 08:11 PM
  2. B1ue_B1aze's Avatar
    Is the other device an iOS device or a Mac?
    10-05-2013 08:27 PM
  3. kataran's Avatar
    No it works for a distance

    Do you have it set to Everyone ?


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    10-05-2013 08:28 PM
  4. Chris Cook5's Avatar
    They're all iPhones 5. I did find out it only works right next to that person. The person doesn't show up under AirDrop from room to room. Should it?


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    10-05-2013 08:35 PM
  5. Chris Cook5's Avatar
    I have it set to contacts only


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    10-05-2013 08:36 PM
  6. kataran's Avatar
    They're all iPhones 5. I did find out it only works right next to that person. The person doesn't show up under AirDrop from room to room. Should it?


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    On Bluetooth probably not I've only used airdrop once and it was a large room with multiple users on BT and it worked fine


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    10-05-2013 08:39 PM
  7. Chris Cook5's Avatar
    does it need Bluetooth as well or just wifi? I keep trying it and it won't even pick up the person in the room next to the other room


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    10-05-2013 08:44 PM
  8. Grabber5.0's Avatar
    I believe so. If I turn BT off in the control center, the airdrop section immediately grays out.
    10-05-2013 09:23 PM
  9. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Wifi or Bluetooth. Shouldn't need both.
    10-05-2013 09:25 PM
  10. Chris Cook5's Avatar
    I tried to did turn one of em off & AirDrop is grayed out.


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    10-05-2013 09:33 PM
  11. Nolander07's Avatar
    I am pretty sure you have to have it set to everyone, unless your contacts info has the other person's email they use for their Apple ID.
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    10-05-2013 10:31 PM
  12. Chris Cook5's Avatar
    I read the manual on apple.com about it, it said approximately 30 feet. I'm within 30 feet..LOL
    10-05-2013 11:35 PM
  13. Rocket_Girl's Avatar
    I am pretty sure you have to have it set to everyone, unless your contacts info has the other person's email they use for their Apple ID.
    I have gotten it to work ONLY when set to everyone. I have used it to drop from my iphone to ipad or reverse- even for MY OWN DEVICES, it must still be set to 'Everyone'. I just shut it off when not using, so am fine w/ setting to 'Everyone' fore the two seconds it takes to transfer. It is SO COOL! Used to email random photos to myself to get them to the other device on demand. For this purpose if no other, AirDrop rocks.
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    10-06-2013 01:41 PM
  14. jsntrenkler's Avatar
    I have found that it only works if people are really close to me, it doesn't seem to work through walls for me, even if they are less than 30 feet away.
    10-06-2013 02:10 PM
  15. EpicRavensFan's Avatar
    I used it to transfer all of my pics and videos from my 5 to my 5s before I sold the 5. I used it on wifi only and didn't have Bluetooth turned on. I didn't even think to test the distance because I was only trying to get my stuff off of the old phone. I can't try it now because the wife only has a 4s and isn't due for an upgrade until December.
    10-06-2013 06:07 PM
  16. ame's Avatar
    I tried it for the first time Friday at an event and it worked as long as you were in about 20 feet. It does crush battery though.
    10-06-2013 07:01 PM
  17. Eileen89's Avatar
    I haven't even tried this feature yet as all of my iPhone 5 to 5S photos were transferred via iCloud. I would like to try it at some point to see how it works.


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    10-06-2013 07:12 PM
  18. Lamont Raccoon's Avatar
    Odd.... I used it a few times and the person I used it was in New York I live in Louisiana. o.O WAIT I take that back, I used the shared Streams... not Air Drop my bad peoples... carry on nothing to see here. - hides-
    10-07-2013 09:33 AM
  19. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I tried it for the first time Friday at an event and it worked as long as you were in about 20 feet. It does crush battery though.
    I've used AirDrop a couple of times, but didn't pay attention to its effect on the battery. I mean, I was only transferring a photo or two and it only took seconds to transfer.

    I haven't even tried this feature yet as all of my iPhone 5 to 5S photos were transferred via iCloud. I would like to try it at some point to see how it works.


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    In my opinion, it works quite well, but I still can't shake the feeling that the process should be simpler. Don't get me wrong, it's not currently difficult to use at all.
    10-07-2013 09:51 AM
  20. piranhadonna's Avatar
    I used it to transfer all of my pics and videos from my 5 to my 5s before I sold the 5. I used it on wifi only and didn't have Bluetooth turned on. I didn't even think to test the distance because I was only trying to get my stuff off of the old phone. I can't try it now because the wife only has a 4s and isn't due for an upgrade until December.
    My only option to use it is with Bluetooth turned on. I can't use it any other way.
    10-07-2013 09:54 AM
  21. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    My only option to use it is with Bluetooth turned on. I can't use it any other way.
    It is my understanding that you have to have both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled to use AirDrop and the information via the following link backs it up.

    iOS: Using AirDrop
    10-07-2013 10:02 AM
  22. piranhadonna's Avatar
    It is my understanding that you have to have both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled to use AirDrop and the information via the following link backs it up.

    iOS: Using AirDrop
    Yes that was my understanding as well. I was just curious as to how the poster was able to do it without Bluetooth on.
    10-07-2013 10:05 AM
  23. oversteer325's Avatar
    I have found in my use that both users need to have their screens on and unlocked.
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    10-07-2013 10:08 AM
  24. dmt316's Avatar
    I noticed it will not work if do not disturb is enabled.


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    10-07-2013 11:55 AM
  25. Riley2521's Avatar
    I found that if you cannot get it to recognize another device, if you reset them both and re-enable Bluetooth it will work.
    10-07-2013 12:45 PM
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