How to make sure that your device supports AirDrop

For me, AirDrop is one of the most enigmatic features in OS X and iOS. Never it is impossible to say with certainty if it will work, if you suddenly have the desire to use it. Hence the desire arises infrequently. And should it work? This is also quite easy to get confused, because many devices support OS version with certain restrictions, to remember which are not so simple. Colleagues from the iDB helped to understand.

With the Mac AirDrop with OS X 10.7 Lion. In mobile devices it came with iOS 7, but only with the release of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 earned data transfer between mobile devices and computer.

To work on the Mac AirDrop feature requires a modern wireless network chip, so on older computers it may not work. How do you know that your Mac is compatible with AirDrop, we will now describe.

Step 1: make Sure Finder is active and select “About this Mac”.

Step 2: In the window that appears, click “system Report”.

Step 3: Go to the tab Wi-Fi and make sure that AirDrop is supported.

There is a faster way to access AirDrop to make sure it works. For this Finder just press the key combination Shift+Command+R.

Now that you made sure that AirDrop is supported (or not supported), enumerate a list of computers on which this function should operate.

Transfer between computers on OS X:

  • MacBook Pro late 2008 and later
  • MacBook Air late 2010 and later
  • MacBook late 2008 and newer
  • iMac early 2009 and newer
  • Mac mini mid 2010 and newer
  • Mac Pro early 2009 with AirPort Extreme card
  • Mac Pro mid 2010 and newer

Remember that 17-inch MacBook Pro late 2008 white MacBook late 2008 do not support AirDrop. Also for AirDrop must have OS X 10.7 or newer OS version.

Transfer between OS X and iOS:

  • MacBook Air 2012 or newer
  • MacBook Pro 2012 and newer
  • iMacs 2012 and later
  • Mac Pro late 2013 and newer

In this case, you must be iOS device, also released before 2012. Such devices are already equipped with a Lightning port. Your mobile device must run on iOS 8, and Mac OS X Yosemite. Both devices must be Bluetooth enabled and Wi-Fi.

Transfer between iOS devices:

  • iPhone 5 and newer
  • iPod touch 5th generation
  • iPad 4 and newer
  • iPad mini 1st generation and newer

On other devices AirDrop is not supported, even if they support new version of iOS.

According to the materials of iDownloadBlog

Clifton Nichols

Clifton Nichols

Hi! I’m Clifton and I am a full-stack engineer with a passion for building performant and scalable applications that are beautiful and easy to use.

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