Updated: 10/02/2017 by Computer Hope

AirDrop is a component service of Apple's macOS and iOS operating systems. It allows users to transfer files to another AirDrop-supported Apple device without using e-mail or a removable disk. On macOS, AirDrop operates over a direct Wi-Fi connection, and in iOS, it operates over either WiFi or Bluetooth.

There is no limit to the size of a file that can be transferred over AirDrop, but the two devices must be within 10 meters of each other.

Versions 10.7 of macOS (macOS Lion) and later support AirDrop. AirDrop-supporting iOS devices include 4th-generation iPads, the iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 5 and newer.

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