In many cases, the problem of AirDrop Not Working on Mac is related to Firewall settings, but there could also be various other reasons for this issue, as listed below in this article.
AirDrop Not Working on Mac
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 Mac.
Hence, we are providing below a number of ways to fix the problem of AirDrop not working on Mac.
Check Device Compatibility
In order to make use of Apple’s AirDrop feature, your computer needs to be a 2012 or later version of Mac. Also, the Mac needs to be running OS X Yosemite or later version of macOS.
Similarly, the other device that you are trying to AirDrop to must be an AirDrop compatible device. In case you are trying to transfer to an iOS device, it need to be an iPhone 5 or later, iPad 4 or later and iPod 5th generation or newer.
Turn OFF Do Not Disturb Mode
AirDrop does not work in case Do Not Disturb Mode is enabled. Hence, follow the steps below to disable Do Not Disturb Mode on your Mac.
1. Click on the Notifications Icon located at the top right corner of your screen and then toggle OFF the option for Do Not Disturb Mode.
In case you are AirDropping from Mac to iPhone, make sure that Do Not Disturb Mode is disabled on the receiving device (iPhone) as well.
Related: How to Use Do Not Disturb Mode On iPhone.
AirDrop provides you with the options to Share Data with Contacts only and also with Everyone. This means, that 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.
Also, selecting “Everyone” is the best way to avoid complications associated with limiting AirDrop to Contacts only mode.
1. Click on the Finder Icon located in the Dock of your Mac.
2. Next, click on AirDrop option located in the left menu bar of the Finder window and then click on Allow me to be discovered by Everyone link.
Note: In case you still want to use Contacts Only Mode, you need to make sure that both the sending and receiving device are signed in to iCloud and the Email ID or the Telephone address associated with iCloud ID is in the Contacts List of both devices.
Turn ON WiFi and Bluetooth
AirDrop makes use of Bluetooth technology to locate nearby devices and make use of WiFi for wireless Data transfer between two Apple devices. Hence, make sure that both Bluetooth and WiFi are turned ON.
1. Click on the Finder Icon located in the Dock on your Mac.
2. Next, click on the AirDrop option located in the left menu bar in Finder Window and then click on Turn ON WiFi and Bluetooth button (See image below)
In case WiFi is already enabled on your Mac, you will see Turn on Bluetooth button. Similarly, in case Bluetooth is enabled on your Mac, you will see Turn ON WiFi button.
Check FireWall Settings
AirDrop cannot work, in case the option for “Block All Incoming Communications” is turned ON in the Firewall Settings on your Mac.
1. Click on the Apple Icon from the top Menu bar on your Mac and then click on System Preferences in the drop-down menu.
2. On the System Preferences Screen, click on Security & Privacy option (See image below).
3. On the Security & Privacy screen, click on the Firewall tab and then click on Firewall Options button.
4. On the next screen, Uncheck the box next to Block all incoming connections (See image below)
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.
AirDrop Option Not Available on Mac
Sometimes, the AirDrop Icon may not be available in the Finder Window. In such a case, you need to enable AirDrop using the Preferences menu on your Mac
1. Click on the Finder Icon located in the Dock on your Mac
2. Next, click on the Finder option in the top menu-bar on your Mac and then click on Preferences… in the drop-down menu.
3. On the Finder Preferences screen, click on the Sidebar tab and then check the option for AirDrop (See image below).
AirDrop Icon Greyed Out on iPhone
In this case, your Mac is all setup and ready to transfer/receive data using AirDrop. However, your iPhone is unable to receive data from other devices due to AirDrop option being locked by a Restrictions Passcode on iPhone.
You can fix this issue by following the steps mentioned in this article: AirDrop Icon Greyed Out on iPhone and Missing on Mac.