A Brief Introduction to AirDrop
AirDrop is a file-sharing service that is available on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS devices. It relies on Wi-Fi/cellular network and Bluetooth to work and thus enables you to share photos, videos, contacts, websites, locations, and more between two AirDrop-supported devices without a wired connection. Given that, it is commonly used to share files between two Apple devices wirelessly.
How Do You AirDrop Pictures
Among all types of supported files, photos are the ones that transferred most frequently using AirDrop. To AirDrop photos from iPhone to iPhone, you just need to turn on AirDrop on both of the devices, and then you can freely transfer pictures from one iPhone to another.
Besides, since AirDrop needs Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to work, you should make sure these services function properly on both of the devices, or you may encounter issues like "AirDrop not working" on your iPhone.
If you are ready, follow the steps detailed in the next part to learn how to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone using AirDrop.
How to AirDrop Photos from iPhone to iPhone
Before you start, there are some preparations you need to make:
- Make sure there is a Wi-Fi or cellular network connection on these devices
- Make sure these devices are within Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range
- Turn off Personal Hotspot on both devices
To AirDrop photos from iPhone to iPhone:
Step 1. Swipe down/up from the top-right/bottom of your iPhone screen to open Control Center.
Step 2. Press and hold the group of controls in the top-left corner.
Step 3. Tap to switch on "Bluetooth".
Step 4. Then tap "AirDrop" and select "Contacts Only" or "Everyone," depending on whether the recipient is in your contact list.
Step 5. Repeat these steps on another iPhone.
Step 6. On the source iPhone, go to the Photos app, select the photos you want to transfer, and click the "Share" button.
Step 7. Tap "AirDrop" and click the name of the recipient.
Step 8. On the target iPhone, choose "Accept" in the prompt and then check the pictures in the Photos app.
If you want to turn off the service after you AirDrop pictures from iPhone to iPhone successfully, choose "Receiving Off" after you tap the AirDrop icon.
You can also AirDrop photos from iPhone to Mac, AirDrop contacts from iPhone to iPhone, or AirDrop contacts from iPhone to iPad if you need to.
How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone Without AirDrop
Using AirDrop is not the only solution to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone. Although AirDrop is the optimal choice to share photos in some situations, it's not always the best solution. For example, when you want to transfer thousands of pictures from one iPhone to another, you will spend lots of time choosing and transferring pictures if you choose to use AirDrop.
Therefore, here I'd like to recommend an alternative way for you to send photos from one iPhone to another, which is to use the iPhone transfer software - EaseUS MobiMover. It will help you to transfer photos, videos, contacts, music, ringtones, books, and more between an iPhone/iPad/iPod and a computer or between two iDevices.
It offers you flexible methods to transfer pictures from one iPhone to another - You can either transfer all photos or specific items, by album or by item.
To transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone:
Step 1. Connect your iPhones to your computer. Run EaseUS MobiMover, then go to > "Pictures" > "Photos". You can also use the data transfer feature to transfer all the photos from iPhone to iPhone X/8/7 at once.
Step 2. If you want to transfer all photos from iPhone to iPhone X/8/7, check "Select All". If you intend to copy some specific items, choose the images as you like.
Step 3. Select the target iPhone correctly by clicking the phone icon on the top toolbar. After that, click "To Another Phone" and MobiMover will automatically transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone. When it has done, go to the "Photos" app on the target device to check the items.
The Bottom Line
It's quite convenient to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone via AirDrop. The only flaw of this feature is that you may have difficulty choosing all photos at once. If AirDrop can't fulfill your needs perfectly, try the alternative way to send photos from one iPhone to another instead.
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Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.
Myra joined EaseUS in 2017. As a big fan of Apple products, she mainly focuses on iOS data transfer and iOS troubleshooting tips. Meanwhile, she is expanding her knowledge and skills in other fields like data recovery and disk management. Myra is open-minded and likes both extensive and intensive reading. Other than reading and writing, she is also fond of mobile games and K-pop stars.
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