Communication and sharing between Apple devices should be easy. And it is! You can send videos, photos, locations, files, and more between iPhone, iPad, and Mac using Airdrop. Airdrop is a wireless file transfer app that can be used with iOS and Mac. Using Airdrop allows you to transfer files quickly and securely with Bluetooth LE.

Explore connections and point-to-point WiFi to transfer data in a manner that is efficient. The Airdrop files are stored based upon the type of file and the type of device. This tutorial will show you where those Airdrop files go once you create them.

OS X Airdrop Files

To use AirDrop on Mac and iOS devices, your Mac operating system must be from 2012 or later with OS X Yosemite or later. The iOS must be iOS 7 or later. Mac OS X files that are AirDropped are stored in the Downloads folder of the receiver. If you are an AirDrop receiver, you will receive a request in the AirDrop app, or as a notification on your device when someone sends you an AirDrop. You must have your WiFi and Bluetooth turned ON to send and receive Airdrop files to other Apple devices.

1. To locate an AirDrop file, go to Users > Downloads. Or, go to Finder and use Option + Command + L shortcut keys to open the folder.

2. To send a file on OS X using Airdrop, you can open the application in the sidebar of Finder.

3. If you don’t have an option for AirDrop in the Finder sidebar, you can press Control + spacebar to bring up Spotlight. Type AirDrop in the Spotlight search box. AirDrop will appear in the list of search results. Choose it, and it will open up in Finder.

4. Make sure your Airdrop settings are Allow me to be discovered by someone. You can choose to be contacted by Contacts Only, or everyone for example. Don’t select Allow me to be discovered by Noone.

5. You should have a list of recipients in Airdrop that you can AirDrop files to. Drag the files you want to Airdrop and drop them on the recipient of your choice.

You can also use the Share feature to Airdrop on OS X.

1. Open the file that you will Airdrop.

2. Select Share in the app. Or, Control + click on the file in Finder and select Share from the shortcut menu.

3. Choose your sharing option(s)

4. Select Airdrop

5. Choose the recipient from the AirDrop sheet.

6. Click Done. Send as many files as you want from your Mac using the AirDrop to recipients from your list as long as the Finder window remains open.

iOS Airdrop Files

iOS files that are AirDropped are stored in the folder for the app associated for with the file. Photo files that are airdropped will be saved in the Photos app. To locate the file, go to Users > Downloads. Or, go to Finder and use Option + Command + L shortcut keys to open the folder.

Check your AirDrop settings on iOS in the Control Center. The app should be set to receive from someone, such as Contacts Only. Your Personal Hotspot should be turned OFF. To turn it OFF, go to Settings > Cellular. You and the recipient must both be signed in to iCloud.

1. To send an AirDrop from your iOS device, select the Sharing icon (small box with an arrow icon.)

2. On your Mac. Go to Finder and choose AirDrop. Or, choose AirDrop from the pull down menu. (Keep the Finder window open.)

3. Check the Allow me to be discovered by for Everyone or Contacts Only.

4. Then, on the iOS, tap on the AirDrop icon on the Sharing screen. The Mac that is AirDrop enabled will be on the list. Select the Mac from the list and send files.

5. When the Mac is finished receiving the AirDropped files, you will hear a small sound. The files sent from the iOS will be stored on the Mac Downloads folder.

Contact Apple Support

If you are still not very suer AirDrop files go on your iOS or Mac devices after reading this article, you can contact Apple Support or the Genius Bar for assistance.