How to Use AirDrop to Send Pictures to Another iPhone or iPad


Sending photos you’ve got on your iPhone or iPad to a friends device doesn’t have to be a hassle. As long as everyone has the AirDrop feature enabled, you can share your pictures with a few quick taps. If you need help turning on AirDrop, you can click here to see my video that will show you how to enable AirDrop on your device. Alternatively, if you want to turn AirDrop off, you can click here to see my video that will show you how to do that.

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Steps to Use AirDrop to Send Pictures to Another iPhone or iPad

  1. Tap to open the “Photos” app on your iPhone or iPad. Your Photos home screen will be displayed.
  2. Tap “Select” at the top of the screen, and then tap to select the photos you want to send to another iPhone or iPad user. You’ll know a photo is selected when a blue circle with a white check mark appears in the lower right corner of that picture.

  1. Tap the “Share” icon at the bottom of the screen after selecting all of the photos you want to share with another iPhone or iPad user through AirDrop. The Sharing window pops up on the screen.

  1. It’s important at this point to make sure that you have AirDrop turned on on your iPhone or iPad, and that the user you want to share your photos with through AirDrop has their iPhone or iPad turned on and unlocked, and that they also have AirDrop turned on. Check out my video if you need help with turning on AirDrop on your Apple iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap “AirDrop” in the list of apps available for you to share your photos through. If you don’t see AirDrop in the list of apps to share through then you don’t have it turned on, and again, you can check out my linked video in the description and pinned comment for help. The AirDrop window will be displayed, and you should see your friends Apple device shown in the Other People section.

  1. Tap the name of the person’s iPhone or iPad you want to share your selected photos with.

You’ll see a message beneath that person’s name indicating you need to wait for that person to approve your request to send them pictures through AirDrop.

  1. That person will see an AirDrop request on their screen, letting them know that you would like to share photos with them. They should tap “Accept.”

The photo transfer will begin automatically, and the photos will show up on their screen to view immediately after the transfer is complete. You’ll see a “Sent” message beneath that user’s name on your device, indicating the photos have successfully been sent to the other person’s iPhone or iPad through AirDrop.

What are the Risks of Using AirDrop on Your iPhone or iPad?

1. Security Risks

Airdrop’s convenience can compromise security. Hackers may intercept files in transit, putting sensitive information at risk. To reduce security risks, only send files to trusted devices, and protect your own device with a strong password. Use Airdrop in public places with caution, as other devices in the area may be able to access your files.

2. Privacy

Airdrop’s ease-of-use can also lead to accidental information sharing. To avoid privacy breaches, be mindful of the files you send and the recipients you choose. Confirm the device before sending to reduce the chances of sending to an unintended recipient. Consider disabling Airdrop in public areas to keep your data private.

3. Malware Risks

Airdrop’s broad reach makes it a tempting target for malware distributors. Receiving an infected file from a source you don’t trust can put your device and information at risk. Stay vigilant and scan any files before opening them. Don’t open files from unknown sources and keep your device’s security software up to date.

4. Phishing Risks

Cybercriminals can use Airdrop to pose as trustworthy sources and trick users into providing personal information. To avoid falling victim to phishing scams, verify the identity of the sender before accepting any files. Don’t provide personal or financial information in response to an Airdrop request.

5. Compatibility Risks

Airdrop’s compatibility issues can disrupt the smooth flow of information. Before using Airdrop, ensure that both devices have the feature enabled and are running compatible software versions. To minimize compatibility problems, only send files to devices running the same operating system.

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