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Six Ways to Fix Airdrop Not Working on iPhone or iPad

Myra updated on Feb 24, 2023 | Home > iOS & Mac Topics

Want to transfer data from one iPhone to another or from iPhone/iPad to Mac? Using Airdrop is always a good way that immediately comes into our minds. What if Airdrop not working when there is a need for it. If you have this problem, here a guide that presents six tips to solve the "Airdrop now working" problem is that you may find useful. Among the six tips, five of them are the tips you can try to fix AirDrop, while the last one is the tip you can try to transfer data between iOS devices in an alternative way. 

By the way, if you have other problems like "Apple ID is not active," or "Face ID is not working," you can check our previous guide to fix it.

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Matters Need Attention

There are several matters you need to pay attention to before you use Airdrop. Those matters enable you to exclude the factors that cause the issue of Airdrop not working properly. Check it with your iPhone or iPad.

1. Make sure that your devices are in iOS 7/ Mac or X lion (10.7) or later versions.

2. Before you turn on Airdrop, start-up both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on your iDevices.

3. To secure the transfer, the optimal distance between the two devices should be within 30 feet.

How to fix AirDrop not working on iPhone/iPad

The following six tips are common ways can be used to fix "Airdrop not working" problem on iPhone ranging from earliest iPhone 4s to newest iPhone 7 in iOS 7 or later versions.

Tip 1: Reset network settings

As you may know, using AirDrop requires you to turn on both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your devices. If there is a Wi-Fi connection problem on your iPhone, that could be the cause of your "AirDrop not working" problem. The method you can try to fix your Wi-Fi connection is to reset network settings on your device. The steps are shown below.

Step 1: Open "Settings" App and Click "General"

Step 2: Choose "Reset" and tap on "Reset Network Settings"

Tip 2: Restart Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

As introduced in Tip 1, turning on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth is inevitable to use AirDrop. When AirDrop can't work properly, you can try to reopen Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to have a try. The way to make it is to swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone screen and tap on the Wi-Fi icon and Bluetooth icon to turn them off, then click the icons again to switch the services on.

Tip 3: Re-sign in iCloud

In addition to restarting the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, you can re-sign into your iCloud to fix the problem. Open "Settings" App, tap on your name and then goes to "iCloud". Sign out from your iCloud first then sign in again.

Tip 4: Restart your device

The common way to restart an iOS device is to press "Home" and "Power" buttons simultaneously. By this simple way, you may not only solve the "AirDrop not working" problem but also problems like "Bluetooth not working".

Tip 5: Equip your device with the latest iOS version

When Airdrop isn't working, it might be caused by the integrate defections within the old iOS system, with the latest iOS version, some old defections might have been repaired.

Tip 6: Use iOS data transfer software to help you transfer data

As mentioned above, what's convenient with AirDrop is its data sharing feature. For example, you can transfer photos from one iPhone to another with AirDrop on. If it doesn't work properly, your intention to share data between iOS devices will fail. But don't worry, there is another option for you to choose to transfer data between two iOS devices, which is to use EaseUS MobiMover. MobiMover is a professionally designed iPhone data transfer tool for data sharing. You can transfer files between PC and iPhone/iPad or between two iOS devices with it. MobiMover can bring more conveniences for you when it comes to data transfer. The steps below will show you how to transfer, for example, photos, from iPhone to iPhone with MobiMover.

Step 1. Connect your iPhones to your computer. Open EaseUS MobiMover, then go to > Pictures > Photos. You can also use the data transfer feature to download all the photos from iPhone to iPhone at a time. 

How to move photos from iPhone to iPhone - Step 1

Step 2. Choose the photos or albums you want to move from one iPhone to another (set the source and target iPhones correctly by clicking the phone icon on the top toolbar). You can choose to transfer all the photos at once or specific images selectively.

How to move photos from iPhone to iPhone - Step 2

Step 3. Click "To Another Phone" to start transferring photos from iPhone to another. When it has done, go to your target device to check the items in the "Photos" app.

How to move photos from iPhone to iPhone - Step 3

With MobiMover, you can not only share files between two iOS devices but also do things like transferring photos from computer to iPhone, importing videos from iPhone to computer and deleting bookmarks on iPad. Equipe your PC with MobiMover and you will enjoy the conveniences it brings to you.

Also read the article on how to fix iPhone stuck on loading circle if you encounter such an issue.


1. Why does my AirDrop not work on my iPhone?

AirDrop may stop working for many reasons, such as your device doesn't support AirDrop, something goes wrong with your AirDrop settings, network or Bluetooth errors, the personal hotspot has been enabled, etc. 

2. How do I reset my Apple AirDrop?

Unfortunately, you can't reset your AirDrop. But you can reset your iPhone or iPad to fix some AirDrop problems. To reset your device: go to the Settings, tap General, tap Reset, then tap Erase All Content and Settings.

3. How do I turn on AirDrop on the iPhone 6s?

To turn on AirDrop on your iPhone 6s, you can swipe up from the bottom of your screen to access the Control Center, select and hold the center of the Connectivity section, and select AirDrop.



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