Why is AirDrop not work­ing?

Mac Format - - GENIUS TIPS - by Gor­don Cham­ber­lain

Check there are no soft­ware fire­walls on your Mac block­ing all in­com­ing con­nec­tion re­quests

QAirDrop won’t work on my MacBook Pro (Mid 2012) run­ning OS X 10.11.6. The op­tion to share us­ing AirDrop ap­pears, but when I try to use it, Finder or the app I’m us­ing be­comes un­re­spon­sive. What’s wrong with my Mac?

AAirDrop is an ad hoc ser­vice that de­pends on a de­vice’s Blue­tooth and Wi-Fi hard­ware. It nor­mally ei­ther works fine, or it doesn’t work at all, no mat­ter how hard you try to fix it. Macs from 2012 or later, ex­clud­ing 2012’s Mac Pro, can share with most other Macs from 2008 or 2009 on­wards, as well as de­vices run­ning iOS 7 or higher.

Both de­vices need to have Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth turned on, and re­ceiv­ing Macs must not have any form of soft­ware fire­wall set to block all in­com­ing con­nec­tions – that ap­plies to the built-in fire­wall in Sys­tem Pref­er­ences’ Se­cu­rity pane as well as third-party prod­ucts, such as Lit­tle Snitch or NetBar­rier.

AirDrop works best with OS X 10.10 and higher, but pro­vided you open an AirDrop win­dow, it can also work with OS X 10.7 up to 10.9. How­ever, it can be even less re­li­able in those older ver­sions. Ap­ple pro­vides fur­ther in­for­ma­tion at ap­ple.co/2eaIQf9.

En­sure that both Blue­tooth and Air­Port are turned on and aren't blocked by a fire­wall, then AirDrop should just work.

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