How to Use AirDrop on the iPad
You will need to be near the person you are sharing with and they must have their device turned on for it to register, however, you need not be right next to them. AirDrop can even reach into the next room. Both devices will also need the correct permissions to AirDrop with each other. In the Control Panel you can tap the AirDrop button to turn permissions from "Off" to "Contacts Only" to "Everyone." It's usually best to leave it at "Contacts Only."
You will also need to navigate to whatever you want to share. So if you want to share a web page, you'll need to be on that web page. If you want to share a photo, you'll need to be viewing that photo in the Photos app. AirDrop is not a file manager like what you might see on a PC. It's designed to share what you are doing at that time.
- First, tap the share button. This is the box with the arrow sticking straight up. This share button accesses the Share menu, which allows you to share via AirDrop, Facebook, iMessage, etc. View a picture of the share button.
- Next, locate the device you want to receive your AirDrop. This is the top portion of the Share menu. Devices will show up as a circle with an identifying label under it. This will be the contact's photo with their name under it, but if you don't have a photo attached to this contact, it will show up as a gray circle with their initials in it.
- Last, tap the circle. Tapping will initiate sending the document to the recipient, who will then be prompted whether or not to accept the AirDrop.
That's it. You can drop anything from photos to web pages. You can even share a contact by tapping the Share Contact button at the end of the contact's information in the contacts app.
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Daniel Nations has been writing, programming and following technology since the days when the Commodore Vic 20 was considered the de facto standard for the home computer to our current time when keyboards are considered optional. You can follow Daniel on Facebook, Twitter and on Pinterest. You can also email him at snoitan(at)gmail.com.
Daniel has over 20 years of experience in the computer industry, from his days working in technical support helping people with Microsoft software to his days as a database administrator overseeing mission-critical processes for a financial institution. Published in both print and digital media, Daniel covered the iPad from a time when it was simply a rumor to its release. In the years since its debut, Daniel has given his expert opinion on air at radio stations ranging from WJJG in Chicago, ABC's KGO in San Francisco, 1190 KEX in Portland and KOA in Denver.
Daniel also developers iPad and iPhone games and apps. Endless RPG is an app that allows people to play D&D 5th edition and Pathfinder alone. His games include Endless Adventure, a party-based rogue-like that features random quests and dungeons.
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