[Solved]AirDrop Not Working on Mac Sierra/Mac El Capitan? Fixes Here!

AirDrop not working on your Mac running macOS Sierra or OS X El Capitan? AirDrop iPhone to Mac not working? No worry, after reading this blog post, you will not only learn a FREE alternative way to share files between Mac and iPhone without AirDrop but also learn how to cope with the problem when AirDrop is not working on your Mac.

Myra updated on Aug 18, 2023 | Home > iOS & Mac Topics

Applies To: iMac, iMac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro

AirDrop is a built-in function on Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that helps to share files between two AirDrop-supported devices. With AirDrop, you can send photos, videos, contacts, websites, and more from one AirDrop-supported device to another nearby. For example, you can AirDrop contacts from iPhone to iPhone, AirDrop photos from iPhone to Mac or from Mac to iPhone or share locations from iPhone to iPad using AirDrop. Briefly speaking, AirDrop is a helpful feature when it comes to data sharing between iOS devices. However, convenient as it is, many users have reported issues like AirDrop not working on iOS 11 and AirDrop not working on Mac. Since the fixes to the former issue have been detailed already, this article only covers the solutions to the problem of AirDrop not working on Mac, no matter whether it's macOS Sierra or OS X El Capitan. Read on to get the details.

Method Effectiveness Difficulty
1️⃣EaseUS MobiMover High - It helps transfer files between iPhone/iPad and a Mac or PC without hassle.



2️⃣Use AirDrop on Mac correctly High - It lets you check Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on your device.



3️⃣Check AirDrop settings Moderate - It requires you to choose Everyone in AirDrop settings to make your device discoverable.



4️⃣Turn off Block all incoming communications Moderate - It lets you check whether you have turned on the option on Mac and turn it off.



Solutions to AirDrop Not working on Mac Sierra/Mac El Capitan

Solution 1. Share photos (or other files) between iPhone and Mac without AirDrop (FREE)

When it comes to sharing files between iPhone (or iPad) and Mac, using AirDrop is not the only free method. If sending photos, videos, contacts and more from your iPhone to Mac or from Mac to iPhone is your main purpose, you can get things done with EaseUS MobiMover Free, which can be used to transfer files between iPhone/iPad and computer (Mac or PC) or from one iOS device to another.

🎈What can MobiMover transfer or manage for you:

  • Photos: Camera Roll, Photo Library, Photo Stream, Photo Videos
  • Videos: Movies, TV shows, Music Videos
  • Audios: Music, Ringtones, Voice Memos, Audiobooks, Playlists
  • Others: Contacts, Notes, Messages, Voice Mails, Books, and Safari Bookmarks

Compared with AirDrop, MobiMover enables you to transfer more types of files between iPhone and Mac. In addition, MobiMover also supports data transfer between iPhone and Windows PC, which is not allowed by AirDrop. Thus, when you find AirDrop not working on your Mac or AirDrop from iPhone to Mac not working, try to transfer files with EaseUS MobiMover Free. Now, follow the steps below to learn how to send photos from iPhone to Mac without using AirDrop.

📝Notes: MobiMover is compatible with PC running Windows 7 and later or Mac running macOS 13 Ventura, macOS 12 Monterey, macOS 11 Big Sur, macOS10.14 (Mojave), 10.13 (High Sierra).

Click the button below to safely download and install EaseUS MobiMover on your Mac.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to Mac with a USB cable. Run EaseUS MobiMover, choose "Phone to Mac" and click the "Next" button to continue. 

How to transfer photos from Mac to iPad without iTunes - Step 1

Step 2. Check the category/categories you want to copy from your iPhone to Mac. As you can see, you can copy other supported files together with photos from your iPhone to Mac all at once. After that, don't forget to customize the storage path for the exported photos unless you want to save them on your desktop. 

How to transfer photos from Mac to iPad without iTunes - Step 2

Step 3. Now, click the "Transfer" button to start transferring photos or other files from your iPhone to Mac without iTunes. Exporting files from iPhone to Mac with MobiMover is the right way for backup to avoid unexpected data loss. 

How to transfer photos from Mac to iPad without iTunes - Step 3

With AirDrop, you can not share files like music. If you want to transfer music from Mac to iPhone, you are highly recommended to use EaseUS MobiMover Free, which will bring you lots of conveniences when it comes to iOS data transfer and file management.

Solution 2. Turn on and use AirDrop on Mac correctly

To use AirDrop, you need to go to Finder > Go > AirDrop and switch on BOTH Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to turn on AirDrop. As you may know, both Bluetooth connection and Wi-Fi connection are necessary to use AirDrop. Thus, when your find AirDrop not working on your Mac, you should also check Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on your device.

Solution 3. Check your AirDrop settings

After turning on AirDrop, you need to set the option Allow me to be discovered by as Contacts Only or Everyone. If you want to share files between your Mac and a new device, you should choose Everyone to make your device discoverable.

Solution 4. Turn off Block all incoming communications on Mac

If you have turned on Block all incoming communications in Firewall on your Mac, you will fail to use AirDrop on your Mac to share files, which may be the very reason why AirDrop is not working on your Mac Sierra or Mac El Capitan. Follow the steps below to check whether you have turned on the option and turn it off if it’s on.

Step 1. Click Apple Menu > System Preferences > Security & Privacy.

Step 2. Go to Firewall and tap Firewall Options.

Step 3. Make sure the checkbox next to Block all incoming communications is not selected.


AirDrop is a Bluetooth transmission feature built into the iOS system. Using AirDrop to transfer photos and other files is very convenient. But sometimes it encounters not working situation. This article provides four methods to help you fix AirDrop not working on Mac. Choose the one that suits you and try it out. And if you want to transfer files to Mac, it is recommended that you use MobiMover to transfer various types of files safely and quickly.

FAQs on AirDrop Not Working on Mac

1. Why is my AirDrop sending but not receiving?

On a device with outdated software, AirDrop might not work properly. As a result, the AirDrop not receiving problem will arise if you are not running the most recent iOS version. Updating your iPhone is advised.

2. Will AirDrop work if iCloud is full?

No, it won't. Airdrop will stop working when iCloud storage is exceeded.

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