In many cases, the problem of AirDrop Not Working on iPhone is related to AirDrop option being disabled on iPhone via Restrictions Passcode. However, there can also be various other reasons for AirDrop Not working on iPhone.
AirDrop Not Working on iPhone
AirDrop makes it really easy to transfer Files, Folders, Photos and Videos between supported iOS and macOS devices. However, many users run into a variety of problems while trying to use AirDrop for the first time on their iPhone.
Hence, we are providing below a number of ways to fix the issue of AirDrop Not Working on iPhone.
Check Device Compatibility
In order to make use of the AirDrop feature, your iOS device needs to be an iPhone 5 or later, iPad 4 or later or an iPod 5th generation or newer.
Similarly, the other device that you trying to transfer data must be an AirDrop compatible device.
For example, in case you are AirDropping from iPhone to Mac, the Mac needs to be a 2012 or later version of Mac, running OS X Yosemite or later version of macOS.
Disable Restrictions on AirDrop
In case the AirDrop option is greyed out on your iPhone, it is most likely that AirDrop feature has been disabled using Restrictions Passcode on your iPhone.
This problem can be easily fixed by accessing the Restrictions screen on your iPhone and enabling AirDrop option on the Restrictions screen. In this regard you can refer to this article: AirDrop Option Greyed Out on iPhone and Missing on Mac
Turn OFF Do Not Disturb Mode
AirDrop does not work in case your iPhone has been placed in Do Not Disturb Mode. Hence, follow the steps below to Turn OFF Do Not Disturb Mode on your iPhone.
1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
2. On the Settings screen, scroll down and tap on Do Not Disturb.
3. On the next screen, disable Do Not Disturb mode by moving the toggle to OFF position.
AirDrop provides you with the option to Share Data with Contacts Only and with Everyone. However, selecting AirDrop to share Data with “Everyone” is the best way to avoid complications associated with limiting AirDrop to Contacts only mode.
Also, you need to enable the option to Share Data with Everyone, in case you are trying to send or receive data from those who are not yet on your Contact List.
1. Tap on Settings > General > AirDrop
2. On the AirDrop screen, tap on Everyone.
Note: In case you only want to use AirDrop in Contacts Only mode, you need to make sure that both the sending and receiving devices are signed into iCloud and the Email ID or the Telephone address associated with iCloud ID is in the Contacts List of both devices
Disable Personal Hotspot
The AirDrop feature will not work on your iPhone, in case you have personal Hotspot enabled on your iPhone.
1. Tap on Settings > Personal Hotspot.
2. On the next screen, disable Personal Hotspot by moving the toggle to OFF position.
Soft Reset iPhone
The problem of AirDrop Not working on iPhone might be related to a minor technical glitch on your iPhone. Such minor glitches can often be fixed by Soft Resetting your iPhone.
1. Press and Hold the Power and Home buttons at the same time on your iPhone, until the screen turns OFF and then turns back on again, displaying the Apple logo.
2. Release both Power and Home buttons, as soon as you see the white Apple Logo appearing on the screen of your iPhone.
Note: Press Power + Volume Down buttons, in case of iPhone 7 and above models of iPhone.
Turn ON Bluetooth and WiFi
AirDrop makes use of Bluetooth technology to locate nearby devices and makes use of WiFi for wireless Data transfer between two Apple devices. Hence, make sure that both Bluetooth and WiFi are turned ON your iPhone.
1. Open the Settings App on your iPhone.
2. On the Settings screen, make sure that both WiFi and Bluetooth are turned ON.
In case Bluetooth is not turned ON, tap on the Bluetooth option (See image above).
3. On the next screen, enable Bluetooth on your iPhone by moving the toggle to ON position.
Check Distance Between Devices
AirDrop makes uses of Bluetooth technology to discover nearby devices. Hence, make sure that the device that you are trying to AirDrop Files, Photos, etc is within 30 feet (9 meters) of the device that you are AirDropping from.
In certain cases, the Bluetooth reception might be weaker than normal or blocked by obstacles (such as concrete walls). In such cases, you may have to move the devices even closer to each other in order to improve Bluetooth reception.
Check Other Devices
In case you are still unable to get AirDrop working on your iPhone, make sure that the other device that you are transferring or receiving AirDrop data from is properly setup to use AirDrop.
If you are trying to AirDrop from iPhone to Mac, make sure that your Mac is properly setup to use AirDrop. In this regard you can refer to this article: How to Fix AirDrop Not Working on Mac.