AirDrop is a convenient way to share files between all your Macs, IPHONEs, and IPADs without the need for email, Dropbox, or any other file sharing service. Even better, AirDrop doesn’t technically have any file size restrictions, and in many ways, is more secure than other options. And it’s super simple to use! Keep in mind that in order to transfer files from one Mac to another, both will need to support AirDrop. That means that both Macs need to meet the following criteria and be running OS X Lion or later. MacBook Pro (Late 2008 or newer) — except 17\ » MacBook Pro MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer) MacBook (Late 2008 or newer) — except 2008 white MacBook iMac (Early 2009 or newer) Mac Mini (Mid 2010 or newer) Mac Pro (Early 2009 with AirPort Extreme card, or Mid 2010) If you want to AirDrop files between your Mac and your IPHONE or IPAD, your Mac must be a 2012 Mac model or later. Before following the steps below, you’ll need to make sure both Macs are set up to receive AirDrop files. You can do so by opening a Finder Window and clicking on AirDrop in the left navigation. Then just make sure it’s set to accept AirDrop for either Contacts or Everyone. How to send files with AirDrop from one Mac to another Mac Find the file you’d like to share on your Mac. This can be a photo, video, Map location, and much more. Right click on the file and then choose Share. In the submenu, choose AirDrop. Choose the person you’d like to AirDrop to — they’ll need to make sure they have AirDrop enabled via Control Center. The instructions are listed above. They will receive a notification asking them to accept or decline the file. Click Done on your Mac when you’re finished. Alternately, you can also open a Finder window on your Mac and click on AirDrop in the side navigation. This way, you can drag files to your IPHONE or IPAD. Both options work pretty much the same. Note: Originally published, May 2013. Updated, November 2014.

Source: The IPhone Blog

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