AirDrop is a proprietary wireless ad hoc service, and it's convenient for iPhone users to AirDrop photos from iPhone to iPhone. However, sometimes you perform the AirDrop process only to find a message on your screen that says, "No People Found. There is no one nearby to share with." AirDrop is not finding anyone. If you have also encountered this issue, see the fixes to work it out!
Once AirDrop is not discovering anyone, you may consider the following causes:
If AirDrop is not detecting, you may check the distance between the recipient and sender devices. The ideal space should be limited to 30 feet (9 meters). The farther the distance, the harder it is to detect and connect the two devices.
It would help if you synced Wi-Fi and Bluetooth simultaneously to connect AirDrops to iPhone. AirDrop will not detect anyone or any other devices as long as one of them disconnects.
As long as AirDrop cannot discover anyone and displays the message "No People Found. There is no one nearby to share with.", you'd better go to Settings to check whether your Personal Hotspot is on. If it's on, you should turn it off immediately, or the issue will remain. The next part will offer you the fix in detail.
The last possible reason might be relevant to the versions of your Apple devices. Always remember to update the versions of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS as soon as possible. Otherwise, the AirDrop process will be delayed or even not functional. But if you find that your iPhone stuck on loading circle before updating, you must fix it first!
Those are possible reasons that lead to AirDrop's not recognizing anyone or any devices. If you have other issues like "Apple ID is not active" you can refer to the previous guide to deal with the specific issues. Now, let's read on to get the fixes on AirDrop not finding anyone.
The following six fixes are commonly used to solve the "No People Found" problem and with one efficient alternative; before we dive into the exact steps, we would first provide you with a chart including each fix's effectiveness in features as well as the estimated difficulty you can refer to:
|Check whether AirDrop Works Properly||Quick but sometimes may not work||Easy|
|Turn on Both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi||Quick, without data loss||Easy|
|Turn off Personal Hotspot||Less time-consuming, without data loss||Easy|
|Force Restart your iPhone or iPad||Quick but with data loss||Easy|
|Reset Network Settings||Less time-consuming but with data loss||Easy|
|Update the Version of iOS||Safe but time-consuming||Easy|
|Disable Mac's Firewall||Efficient but with security threats||Moderate|
|EaseUS MobiMover?||Secure and quick, without data loss||Easiest! 1 click to start|
If your iDevice send you the message that displays that "No People Found", you'd better first check AirDrop to see whether it has been turned on. You need to go to Settings > General > AirDrop, toggle AirDrop off, and back on.
Next, set your AirDrop preferences on both devices to "Everyone" to ensure the nearby devices could be detected.
As mentioned in the first part, you have already known that to make AirDrop work properly, both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi should be connected. To troubleshoot the issue "AirDrop's not recognizing.", you need to go to Settings > WLAN and check if it's toggled on. You need to toggle on by yourself if it's off.
Similar to the Wi-Fi operation, you should then go to Settings > Bluetooth and turn it on.
Presuming you want to AirDrop contacts from iPhone to iPhone but with the Personal Hotspot on, the transfer process would fail. Since AirDrop clashes with Personal Hotspot, you should make sure neither of your devices have Personal Hotspot enabled, and that they are both awake. Only by doing so can the issue of "AirDrop not recognizing anyone" be solved.
Switching it off will drop the internet on the connected device, but you can always find it back after your transfer.
Go to Settings > Personal Hotspot > Allow Others to Join, and swipe it to the left.
If all settings are correct, with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on and Personal Hotspot off, the issue "AirDrop not detecting anyone" still remains; you can try to force restart each device again.
Because of the different locations of the buttons on other iPhones, you can follow the steps below in terms of your model of iPhone:
If there is a Wi-Fi disconnection on your iDevice, that could undoubtedly cause an "AirDrop not discovering anyone" problem. Hence, resetting network settings is inevitable. To avoid data loss, you can first save iPhone text message to computer. The detailed steps are provided below:
Step 1. Go to Settings > General.
Step 2. Tap on Reset > Reset Network Settings button.
Check whether your iDevices are updated to the latest version, for the version of iOS (iPadOS and macOS) will influence the AirDrop operation- with the old system version, the issue "AirDrop not detecting" is likely to show up. Thus, it's of vital importance to update the system versions. Here are the tutorials for you to follow:
Step 1. Go to Settings > General > Software Update to have a check.
Step 2. If there is an available update, tap on the Download button to get it downloaded and installed.
AirDrop photos from Mac to iPhone if your Mac is around. This time, different from the fixes introduced above, you need to disable your Mac's firewall instead; Since a working firewall may be preventing the connection. Hence, the relevant tutorials are as follows:
Step 1. On your Mac, open System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Firewall tab.
Step 2. Click the lock and enter the administrator password when prompted to unlock this section.
Step 3. Choose Firewall Options, and ensure that "Block all incoming connections" is not checked.
This is a method for you to fix the issue of AirDrop not working on Mac.
Above all are the six common fixes used to cope with the issue "AirDrop fails to discover"; each of them has separate effectiveness, and some of them also have shortcomings. You can try them as you like; for other problems related to iDevices like "Face ID not working", you can check the corresponding guide.
Due to the limited and complex requirements AirDrop needs, you can choose EaseUS MobiMover to help you with the transfer process. Apart from data transfer, you can also back up essential files within one software- so there's no need to worry about data loss. The followings are the key features of this tool:
To download and install EaseUS MobiMover, you can refer to the following steps:
Step 1. Connect your iPhones to your computer, either Mac or PC. Open EaseUS MobiMover, and choose "Phone to Phone" in the main interface. Then, click on the "Next" button to move on.
Step 2. You can choose all the data or specific items to transfer to another iPhone or iPad directly.
Step 3. Click the "Transfer" button to start transferring files from one iOS device to another. When it has finished, go to your target iOS device to check and view the synced files.
No more extra installations, no complex operations. You can use this tool to help you with data transfer and backup once and for all. One thing to highlight is that you can get unlimited storage space eternally by using this excellent tool!
This part offers some frequently asked questions for you to refer to:
Both of the devices must have AirDrop turned on, with AirDrop set to either "Contacts Only" or "Everyone." Turn AirDrop on in the settings menu of your Apple device; and remember devices must have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on.
Select the Share > AirDrop button, and choose the name of the AirDrop user you want to transfer to. If that person is in your Contacts, you can see an image with their name; if not, you can merely see their name.
You should restart Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on both devices. Open Control Center and hit the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth icons to turn them off, and then select them again to turn them on. Or go to Settings > WLAN to connect to Wi-Fi, then select Bluetooth to turn it on.
If you're stuck with the issue "AirDrop not finding anyone" issue, you can try the six common fixes simultaneously. Apart from them, you can use the third-party software- EaseUS MobiMover as a substitute for AirDrop, which will surely erase your worries about data loss, and the issue of "not detecting anyone or any device" won't bother you anymore!
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