iOS Tip 180 - Airdrop for Everyone?

AirDrop, has been a part of Apple’s mobile operating system since iOS 7.  It gives you the option to share (and receive) files with other devices that are nearby -  whichmay be everybody or just contacts depending on your settings.

The ability to see other devices (or be seen yourself) is in the Share menu. To get to the AirDrop settings, swipe your finger up from the bottom of the screen to open the Control Center panel.

    •    Tap the AirDrop button in the Control Center. In the default setting, AirDrop makes your device visible to others in the Share menu to “Contacts Only,” meaning just the people listed in your Contacts app.
    •    However, if you have “Everyone” selected in the settings instead, anybody within range can see your device in their own Share menu and request to send you a file. As one might expect, the opportunity to harass with unwanted images is a temptation some cannot resist - leaving you prone to “cyber flashing”.  
    •    To disable AirDrop — and your phone’s visibility — select “Receiving Off” in the Control Center’s AirDrop settings.

For further security measures, turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (which AirDrop needs to function) in the Control Center when you are not using them, and change the name of your iPhone to something vague and less personal.

iOS Tip 130 - Easy Share With AirDrop

AirDrop is Apple’s technology for sharing files across devices. You can use it to transfer files from one Mac to another, and also use it to transfer files from a Mac to an iOS device, or from one iOS device to another. On your Mac, choose Go > AirDrop in the Finder, and then, on your iOS device, make sure AirDrop is activated in the Control Center (swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access this setting). You can choose to allow transfers from Contacts Only or from Everyone; it’s best to choose the former.

Your iOS device needs to be awake for AirDrop to be active. On the Mac, drag a file onto the icon for your iOS device in the AirDrop window. On your iOS device, you’ll see a menu offering to open the file; this menu lists the apps that can open the file type.

For some types of files, AirDrop isn’t very helpful. For example, if I try to send an AAC audio file from my Mac to my iPhone, the latter offers to open it with apps such as Voice Memos, Evernote, Dropbox, etc., but not with the iTunes, or other music player apps on my device. So you can’t transfer all types of files that your iOS device can use.