You are travelling back home from work in a crowded metro, all tired and drowsy. When suddenly, as you are about to reach into your pocket for your phone, you get that immediate panic attack when… IT’S NOT THERE. Your heart races, your stomach lurches and your brain goes into overdrive. Only to later figure out that you’ve been talking on it all this while. Phew!
Sounds familiar? Well, it’s hard for me to break it to you that like 90% of the people who use cellphones, even you suffer from Nomophobia or #NoMoFo – the fear of having no mobile phone.
But fret not, we’re here to save the day for you with these 10 simple-never-lose-your-phone-again hacks:
1. U se a timed silent mode so that later, even if you forget, your phone turns on the ringer automatically.
“I don’t always lose my phone. But when I do, it’s on silent.”
– Every smartphone user ever
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2. Invest in docking stands and always place your phone in it when you are not using it.
This will get you in the habit of putting your phone at a defined spot in your house, at work and in your car. After a few weeks, you’ll realize that magically, you are no longer wasting countless minutes every day frantically searching for your phone!
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3. Before you get sloshed at a party, hand your beloved gadget to a friend who plans on staying sober through the night.
A perfect test of friendship and sobriety, both rolled onto one!
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4. Invest in a handset insurance solution that can offer protection from damage, theft, and malware.
Our research shows that Quick Heal Gadget Securance is the best in the category as it offers both smarter security and a premium insurance.
5. Put your name and an emergency contact number on your phone’s lock-screen or wallpaper.
Type it into your notes app, take a screenshot, and change it to your lock screen. And then just hope that the person who finds your phone is a good Samaritan.
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6. Never put your phone in your back pocket. NEVER!
Unless of course you have a thing for cracked screens or need the someone-stole-my-phone excuse to buy a new one.
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7. Get a top-of-the-line armoured case for your phone so that it becomes impossible for someone to nick it from your pocket stealthily.
8. Invest a good power bank so that you don’t have to leave your phone unattended while it’s charging.
9. Create a timely ritual like an alarm, a gaming session or something. This will help you in keeping a check on your phone after every few hours.
Or, if you are a gone case, then probably after every few minutes.
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Glass is back, baby. And glass is back for backs. Most new high end phones this year—like the iPhone X and Galaxy S9, have glass screens and backs. This could mean expensive repairs, so let’s go back to basics, and look at how to not drop your phone.
Use a Grippy Case
Glass feels wonderful. So silky smooth. So beautiful…whoops, there goes my phone.
Most highend smartphones are slightly too large to be held comfortably in one hand. Some monsters, like the iPhone 8 Plus, are barely comfortable with two. This means that if you don’t have something grippy to hang onto, your phone is always at risk of slipping. A small stumble while you walk, a brief moment of inattention while you take it out of your pocket, or just a second’s lapse in hand-eye coordination and smash.
The good news is there’s a simple way to solve it: with a case.
While it might strike you as sacrilege to hide the clean lines of your new iPhone X in a case, it still looks better than an iPhone X with a cracked screen or back. Unless you handle your phone like Tom Brady handles a football, it’s better in a case.
There are hundreds of different cases available, some good, some awful. We’d recommend thinking about how successfully you’ve hung onto your old phone. I very rarely drop my phone so I feel pretty okay keeping it in a thin case with a small lip above the screen. If you drop your phone more often, put it in something that could survive the nuclear apocalypse.
One thing to note is that a lot of plastic cases aren’t going to be any grippier than glass—in fact, they might be less grippy—but they do offer some protection if you drop your phone. If you want something really grippy that doesn’t offer as much protection, go with a silicon case like this one from Apple.
Use Features like Reachability
A big part of the problem with large phones is that you’re forced to awkwardly reach for the top of the screen, giving you a perfect opportunity to accidentally dash it to the ground.
Apple, at least, has thought about this and added a feature named Reachability. Two light taps on the Home Button on an iPhone 8 or earlier and the whole contents of the screen moves down into easy reach. On the iPhone X, it isn’t enabled by default but you can enable it by going to Settings > General > Accessibility. With that done, a slight swipe down on the gesture area at the bottom of the iPhone X screen triggers it.
Google, unfortunately, hasn’t added any Reachability-like features into Android, but some manufacturers like Samsung have rolled their own. Either three quick taps on the Home button or a diagonal swipe up from the bottom right corner causes the screen to shrink, making it easier for you to reach things.
Don’t Use Your Phone One Handed At All
It’s much easier for your phone to fall out of one hand than two, even with features like Reachability. It can be tempting when you’re carrying something like a coffee in your other hand to whip out your phone to check your notifications or change the song, but it’s a bad idea. You’re just tempting fate.
Unless you’ve a good reason to do it, resist your screen addiction and wait until you can actually use two hands with your phone. The people I know who drop their phones most, are the ones who can’t leave a notification unattended for a few minutes.
Buy a Good Strap If You Exercise
Every so often, I get the stupid idea to take up running again. I hate running with a passion; it bores me to tears. The only way I can drum up any motivation to spend an hour alone in my own head is to queue up a load of music, podcasts, or audiobooks to listen to while (slowly) pounding the pavement. The thing is, the jostling shuffle of a jog, is absolutely perfect for working your phone loose from wherever you’ve put it.
If you’re going to do any exercise and want to keep your phone safe, invest in a good arm strap or waistband that fits your body and your phone (even when it’s in its case). It’s better to spend an extra $20 on a good strap, than have to run the last few miles with no music and a smashed phone.
Be Honest With Yourself
I’m not a clumsy person. I’ve broken a single screen (on my iPhone 3GS) in my decade of owning iPhones. I know this, so I feel pretty okay bringing my phone with me on nights out. It almost always comes back in better condition than me.
On the other hand, I’ve got a friend who, in the past year, has gone through two phones, an iPad, and a laptop. I honestly hope she never has a kid, because I’m pretty sure she’d drop it on day one. Let’s call her Mel, mainly because her name is Mel.
If you’re more Mel than me, then you need to accept that at some point, you probably will smash your phone. The problem is that if you’ve got a new high end phone, there are two sides to smash. This means you need to take some steps to cover your ass for when it does happen.
If you have an iPhone, you should probably buy AppleCare+. For an upfront fee, you get steeply discounted repair jobs. Rather than it costing you $549 if you smash the back of your iPhone X, it will only cost you $99. A screen fix will be a totally reasonable $29. Granted, you’re paying $199 up front, but just consider that a clumsy tax.
If you have an Android phone, things are a lot more complicated. There’s no simple one stop shop. Instead, you should look for an insurance policy that covers accidental damage, since it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to argue that the screen got cracked because of a manufacturing defect rather than your butter fingers. Something to avoid, though, is extended warranties; these are almost always overpriced.
One thing you can do regardless of what phone you use, is to keep a second phone about for big nights out or other times you’re more at risk of dropping your precious smartphone. This way, at least if you drop your phone, you aren’t dropping your good phone.
“Just don’t drop your phone” is pretty simple advice to give, but it’s not realistic for most people. Instead, you need to take a few more proactive steps like using a case, maybe being a little more careful, and in the worst case, forking out for AppleCare+ or an insurance plan.
If your iPhone is giving you grief, a simple reboot is one quick way to troubleshoot whatever is ailing it. But what if your device is freezing up and you can’t summon the standard “slide to power off” screen?
There are a few different ways to turn off and/or reset your iPhone, and we have step-by-step instructions for all the different iPhone versions below. If you still can’t get your device to power down or reset, you might need to hit up your nearest Apple repair center for more help. Of course, you can also wait until the battery runs out, but that solution might take some time—it’s not an everyday fix you’re going to want to deal with.
Turning off an iPhone X, iPhone XR, or iPhone XS
This is the basic method for turning off your modern iPhone, and it can solve a number of common performance hiccups, such as slow apps or spotty wifi.
- Press and hold the side button and the volume down button until the power-off slider appears on screen.
- Swipe the slider to the right to shut down your phone.
Turning off other iPhone models
If your device is an iPhone 8 ( or older ), this process is even easier. Hold the side/power button, and the same “slide to power off” screen should appear.
Shutting down an iPhone using AssistiveTouch
If your device’s buttons aren’t working, but its touch screen and menus are responsive, give this a shot:
- Open the iOS Settings app
- Turn on AssistiveTouch (found in Settings > Accessibility > Touch or Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch . You can also trigger it by telling Siri to “turn on AssistiveTouch”)
- Tap the slider next to AssistiveTouch, which adds a touch-based Home button to your screen.
- Tap the new touch screen Home button.
- Tap “Device.”
On iOS 11 or earlier, you can hold the “Lock Screen” command until you see “slide to power off.” Otherwise, tap on “More,” and select the “Restart” option to reboot your iPhone.
Hard reset an iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone XR, or iPhone XS
A hard reset differs from a normal power-down because it’s akin to pulling the battery out of your device and popping it back in—not a gentle shutdown procedure, but a useful troubleshooting step if the normal shutdown process doesn’t work.
Has your phone stopped turning on? Here are some troubleshooting tips that can help you get your iPhone or Android device running again.
After paying hundreds of dollars for the tiny computer in your pocket, it can be nerve-wracking to find it won’t turn on. Before you panic-buy a new device, run through a few of these troubleshooting steps to see if it still lives.
Inspect the Phone for Physical Damage
First, give your phone a good once-over. Did you drop the phone recently? Is the screen cracked or damaged? Is the battery swollen? (If so, do not attempt to turn the phone on—take it to a local e-waste facility instead.)
Is there any water damage? (You can check by looking inside the SIM card slot on both the iPhone and many Android devices.) If you find any hardware problems, you may need to replace the faulty component or take it into a repair shop.
It’s possible your phone may be working, but just has a damaged screen—I’ve seen dropped phones with pristine, un-cracked glass that couldn’t show a picture. Try turning your phone off by holding the power button, then turning it back on. See if you feel a vibration when it turns on.
You can also try invoking “Hey Siri” or “Hey Google,” or call your phone from another device. If you hear sounds but the screen is blank, the phone is working and just needs a replacement display.
Charge the Battery
This may sound silly, but it’s possible your phone is just out of battery. Try plugging your phone into a charger—if the battery is truly drained, it won’t necessarily light up right away. Try leaving it plugged in for 15 to 30 minutes or so before turning it on.
If that doesn’t work, you may also have a damaged charger. Try a different cable, power bank, and wall outlet. Check the charging port, too—lint can easily get caught in there and prevent the pins from making contact. A toothpick can help dislodge any debris that may have accumulated in the port, at which point you can try charging the phone again.
Do a Hard Reset
If holding the power button didn’t allow you to turn your phone off or on again, you may need to perform a “hard reset.” On the iPhone, this happens in one of a few ways depending on your model:
- If you have an iPhone 8 or later, press and release the Volume Up button, then press and release the Volume Down button, before pressing and holding the Power button until the screen turns back on.
- On the iPhone 7, press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time until the screen turns back on.
- On older iPhones and iPads with home buttons, press and hold the Home and Power buttons until the screen turns back on.
Most Android phones are similar. On many Samsung phones, for example, you’ll need to hold both Volume Up and Volume Down along with the power button until the screen turns on. Refer to your device’s manual, or search for reset instructions, if you have trouble.
If your phone has a removable battery, you can also try pulling it out, waiting a few seconds, then putting the battery back in before turning the phone on normally.
Restore Your Phone to Factory Settings
If all else fails, you may have to completely wipe your phone and start from factory settings. (Hopefully you have a backup!) Doing this varies between manufacturers, but we can point you in the right direction.
If you have an iPhone, plug it into your computer using a USB cable, and start iTunes (or open Finder, if you’re running Catalina on a Mac). Hopefully, the phone icon will show up in the toolbar along the top—if not, perform the hard reset steps listed above while the device is plugged in to put it in Recovery Mode.
If the phone icon appears then, click on it, then select Restore iPhone to wipe it clean. If the phone doesn’t show up, skip to the next section.
If you have an Android phone, you’ll need to boot into Recovery Mode, which can vary from phone to phone. On my Samsung Galaxy S10e, for example, I need to hold the Volume Down, Bixby, and Power buttons for a few seconds until the recovery menu appears. On the Pixel 2, you need to hold down the Volume Down and Power buttons at the same time, then use the Volume buttons to select Recovery Mode.
Once in Recovery Mode, use the Volume buttons to scroll to Wipe Data/Factory Reset, and use the power button to select it. Again, Google your phone’s model if you have trouble finding this option.
Re-Flash the Firmware From Scratch
If you can’t get Recovery Mode to work using the above instructions, you may need to enter a lower-level mode to flash the firmware from scratch.
On the iPhone, this is called DFU mode. You’ll need to plug your phone into your computer, open iTunes (or Finder), and enter a slightly more complex series of button presses. It varies from phone to phone, so Google your specific model iPhone to see what you need to do. Ideally, once you do that, iTunes/Finder should prompt you restore the iPhone.
Flashing firmware on Android phones, again, varies too much from phone to phone for us to include all the instructions here. On Pixel phones, you can install the Android Debug Bridge on your PC, then download the firmware from Google and follow the instructions on that page.
Other phones may require their own specialized tools, and you’ll have to Google how to flash new firmware from scratch on your specific device. Be warned, this can be very complex, so if you aren’t comfortable performing these steps, it’s probably best to bring your phone into a repair shop for some professional help.
The Best Phones for 2020
If all else fails, it might be time to shell out for a new smartphone. Whether you’re looking for Apple, Android, or even a simple feature phone, these are our top picks for a variety of budgets across the major US wireless carriers.
Save yourself an email by seamlessly dragging and dropping files between your Android phone and PC. We are excited to announce that the new File drag and drop feature is available to our Windows Insider Community.
What are the minimum requirements to use File drag and drop?
File drag and drop requires a Samsung device running Link To Windows version 184.108.40.206 or higher. Your phone and PC must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. A cable connection between devices is not required.
What types of files can I drag and drop?
Drag and drop supports the transfer of all file types apart from folders.
You can transfer up to 100 files at a time, of any type. No single file can be larger than 512MB in size.
How do I use File drag and drop?
Whether you’re transferring content from your phone to PC, or your PC to phone, you’ll first need to open the Your Phone app on your PC and go to Phone screen .
Dragging files from your phone to your PC
Note: You can currently drag from your phone’s Gallery app or from the Samsung My Files app only.
To drag from My Files:
1. Once you’ve opened Phone screen in the Your Phone app, use your mouse to navigate to a folder in My Files.
2. Long press on the file until a checkmark appears, then release. If you’d like to select additional files, you can do so by tapping on them.
3. Use your mouse to long press again on the file(s) you’ve selected, and a thumbnail will appear. Drag the files to your desired location on your PC. The cursor will change to indicate when you’re able to drop the file(s).
To drag from the Gallery app:
1. Once you’ve opened Phone screen in the Your Phone app, use your mouse to navigate to your Albums and select one.
2. Long press on a photo until a checkmark appears, then release. If you’d like to select additional photos, you can do so by tapping on them.
3. Use your mouse to long press on the photo(s) you’ve selected, and a thumbnail will appear. Drag the photo(s) to your desired location on your PC. The cursor will change to say Copy when you are able to drop.
Dragging files from your PC to your phone
1. Once you’ve opened Phone screen in the Your Phone app, use your mouse to select the file(s) you’d like to transfer and drag them to the Your Phone app window. The cursor will change to say Copy when you’re able to drop.
2. Release the mouse and your file(s) will start transferring. A progress indicator will show for a few seconds.
When a successful file transfer is made, you can either tap the notification that appears on your Android device, or navigate to your Internal Storage > Download folder to view your files.
If you drag and drop the same file again, a duplicate copy will be transferred to your device.
If you have an app open that supports receiving files, the app will prompt you where to drop the file(s), and where they will be stored.
I’m having problems dragging files from PC to phone
You may see a red circle when attempting to drag files – this indicates a drag operation cannot be started.
This could happen for several reasons, some of which include:
· There is already a drag operation taking place. Presently, only one drag operation at any given time is supported.
· The item being transferred is not supported. For example, if you’re dragging more than 100 files or if even just one of the items you are dragging is a folder and not a file, the phone will not allow you to initiate a transfer.
Note: Minimizing the Your Phone app during drag and drop will cancel the transfer process and you’ll have to start over.
- Transferring of folders is currently not supported in either direction
- Transferring files from My Files to PC on devices other than the S20 series and the Z flip requires an update to the My Files app which Samsung is gradually rolling out this month. Dragging images from the Gallery app to PC is well supported on all phone screen capable devices
- If you drag out a file quickly from the phone it may result in transfer failure
- Minimizing Your Phone app during transfer will cancel the transfer in progress. Feature requires Your Phone app to be open during the entire transfer
- Maximum number of files per transfer is limited to 100, only one transfer at a time is allowed
Most email platforms have size limits that are, to put it simply, limiting. Gmail, AOL, and Yahoo won’t let you send emails greater than 25 MB. With Outlook and Hotmail, you’re limited to 10 MB.
The good news is that if you’re using a relatively recent iPhone, running iOS 9.2 or later, to send that extra large email, Apple’s Mail Drop service has you covered.
Mail Drop, which transfers emails and attachments via iCloud, has a huge 5 GB capacity, so there are few files that won’t make it through Mail Drop. And once you send a file, the recipient will have 30 days to open it before it expires.
However, there is a 1 TB storage limit — so if you manage to send enough files to hit that limit, you’ll need to wait 30 days for files to expire before you can send more.
Here’s how to use it on your iPhone.
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How to use Mail Drop on your iPhone
To use Mail Drop, all you have to do is try to send an email that’s too big through the default Mail app.
A window will pop up that reads: “These attachments may be too large to send in email. Do you want to use Mail Drop to deliver these attachments using iCloud? They will be available for the next 30 days.”
Tap “Use Mail Drop,” and off the message goes to its intended recipient(s) thanks to the wonders of the cloud.
The message will arrive like normal, massive size notwithstanding.
The recipient will just have to click the Mail Drop link in the email they’ve received, and they’ll have to be checking their email on “a Mac using OS X Yosemite or later, an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 9.2 [or later], [or] a Mac or PC with an updated browser,” which are the supported systems for Mail Drop, according to Apple.
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If you’ve dropped your phone in water and are reading this in a hurry, skip down. We’ve got all the steps you need. Here’s a summary:
- Dry it off with a paper towel. This should absorb the water on the surface, leaving only the water that has gotten inside the phone.
- Turn off the phone ASAP. You might be able to avoid any electrical short circuiting by powering down your device.
- Pull out the battery and SIM card. By taking apart your phone, you can check for water that may have seeped inside. If you see moisture, gently dry it as best you can, without damaging the components.
- Don’t touch it for a while. The air will naturally evaporate water that has gotten inside your phone, helping it dry out as time passes.
For the rest of the details you need, read on:
Don’t feel too smug just yet if you’re one of the lucky ones with a dry phone – to be blunt, it’s probably not a matter of if, but when you’ll deal with water damage to your phone. In fact, odds are you already have. (Relax, we didn’t say the word “toilet.” But we may have thought it.)
But with all the urban myths and misinformation floating around the interwebs, it’s difficult to know who to trust your phone safety to in times of emergency.
Fortunately, we’re experts at this kind of stuff. So have a look at our tips for what to do if you get water in your phone and how to prevent water damage in the first place.
1. Get your phone out of the water, pronto
It doesn’t need repeating, but yeah, time is of the essence here. A phone submerged for a few seconds has a much better chance of survival than one taking a dip for thirty seconds or more.
2. Also, fast – shut it off
The first concern here is not to short circuit. So if your phone isn’t off, shut it down as quickly as you can. If you’re an iPhone owner, now’s the time for that hard reset.
IMPORTANT: Don’t turn your phone back on anytime soon. If there’s water inside the phone, it can still short.
3. If you can, pull out the battery, SIM, and SD
The trick here is to get everything out in the open so it has access to more air flow. The iPhone only lets you remove the SIM, but for any other model, pull off the back panel and pop that battery out, as well. Take out the SD card, and anything else removable.
4. Dry it out
Dab your phone with a cloth or paper towel, tilt it side to side to allow water to drop out, and if you have one available, use a wet/dry vacuum to suck water out.
DON’T: Blow into the phone as that may only push water deeper in.
DON’T: Put your phone in the microwave. Seriously, do we have to tell you this?
DON’T: Use a blow drier or otherwise heat your phone up. Apple says the iPhone tops out at 113 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s not very hot.
Does putting your phone in rice really work? Short answer: No. There’s a whole lot of talk about dry rice wicking moisture away, but studies have shown that in a relatively dry climate, the best way to dry your phone is a good old-fashioned air dry. Combined with good air circulation, this method is actually quickest.
If you happen to live in Miami or Portland, Oregon, or somewhere else with super high humidity, you can try enclosing your phone with silicon pellets, which are more effective than rice. In truth, almost anything is more effective than rice, which has a relatively low saturation point. But whatever material you use, you still can’t expect it to cure your phone.
5. Don’t touch it for a while
This one is controversial. Some people recommend leaving your phone off for a couple of days, at least. Their thinking goes that, while it may be difficult to be away from man’s best friend, if there’s moisture inside, the phone is liable to short circuit. But our master technician Matthew Zieminski says leaving it alone doesn’t necessarily help it much, if at all. He told us, “Ultimately the only tried and true method to fix water damage is to take it completely apart, clean every component with Isopropyl Alcohol at 91% purity, perform microsoldering repair on corroded components, and replace the battery.”
6. Try turning it on and see what happens
If all goes well, hopefully your phone will be working again in no time. If not, you can give us a call and we’ll see what we can do for you.
There are several preventative measures you can take to safeguard your phone against water damage as you lounge by the pool or beach this summer season.
One is to buy a water resistant phone in the first place. While most phones before this year have very little water resistance, newly-released models are offering much stronger defense against the liquid kryptonite. This article has some great recommendations.
Another thing you can do is buy a water resistant case, though if you’re using any of the phone’s ports, that renders the case pretty much useless.
If you know you’ll be by the water, you can always buy a dry bag for your phone – or do as this man does and life hack it with a Ziplock baggie and a straw.
What can Puls do for you
While we’re pretty optimistic we can help, with water damage it’s impossible to make a guarantee. So while our legal team insists that we make no promises, we offer a diagnostic of your device with all the same benefits as our other services.
Dropped your phone in water? Don’t panic! It may not be the end, if you follow these steps
Most of us carry our smartphones with us everywhere we go nowadays.
But have you ever ended up with a wet phone after dropping it in the washing up, the bath or even down the toilet? Unfortunately it’s all too easy to do.
While it’s not ideal for your phone to take a dip, it might not spell the end if you follow these top tips.
- Take your smartphone out of the water immediately and dry it thoroughly with a clean cloth.
- If the phone is on, switch it off straightaway – resist the urge to unlock it and check it’s working as this could stop it working further down the line. If it’s switched off, leave it off.
- If possible, take the back off and the battery out (not something you can do with an iPhone and other high-end smartphones) Eject the SIM card and memory card if you have one.
- Gently shake your smartphone to remove any water in the headphone port, charging socket and other ports.
- Pop your smartphone in a bowl of dry rice, covering it fully and leave for a minimum of 48 hours.
- When the 48 hours is up, check the ports for rice and remove any grains with a small pair of tweezers. Now you can switch on your phone. If it works, make sure you back up all your data immediately, in case it stops working again.
GHI TIP: You can pop the phone in an airing cupboard to dry out instead of using rice, but you run the risk of the phone overheating, so we prefer the rice method.
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Instead of using a cable, you can wirelessly transfer files, photos and videos from Mac to iPhone by using AirDrop. You will find below the steps to AirDrop from Mac to iPhone.
AirDrop From Mac to iPhone
Before going ahead with the steps to AirDrop from Mac to iPhone, make sure that both iPhone and Mac fulfill the following requirements.
- Your Mac needs to be 2012 or later version, running OS X Yosemite or later versions of macOS.
- iPhone needs to be iPhone 5 or later version.
- In you have created a Personal Hotspot on your iPhone, you will need to disable it.
If your device meets above requirements, you can follow the steps as provided below to setup AirDrop on both sending (Mac) and Receiving devices.
1. Setup AirDrop on Mac (Sending Device)
As mentioned above, you will first need to enable both WiFi and Bluetooth networks on your iPhone and Mac, in order to make use of the AirDrop feature.
1. Select Bluetooth Icon in the top menu-bar of your Mac and click on Turn Bluetooth ON .
2. Select the WiFi icon and click on Turn Wi-Fi ON.
Note: Instead of WiFi, the sending device can also be directly connected to Internet via Ethernet.
3. Next, Click on the Finder icon on your Mac.
4. Select the Go tab in top-menu bar and click on AirDrop in the drop-down menu.
5. On the next screen, click on Allow me to be Discovered by option and select Everyone from the drop-down.
Note: You can also select Contacts Only option, but choosing Everyone reduces chance of errors.
2. Setup iPhone to Use AirDrop
Follow the steps below to prepare your iPhone to use AirDrop.
1. Open Settings on your iPhone and enable Bluetooth by moving the toggle to ON position.
2. Similarly, make sure WiFi is enabled.
3. Go to Settings > General > Airdrop .
4. On the next screen, tap on Everyone option.
3. Transfer Files From Mac to iPhone Using AirDrop
Once your Mac and iPhone are setup to use AirDrop, it becomes really easy to transfer Files, Photos, Videos and other Data from Mac to iPhone.
1. Click on the Finder icon located in the Dock of your Mac.
2. In the Finder windows, click on AirDrop option, located in the left-pane.
3. Select the File that you want to transfer to iPhone and drag the File into the iPhone’s circle (See above image).
4. Transfer Photos From Mac to iPhone Using AirDrop
The AirDrop feature is built-in to some of the commonly used Apps like Photos, Notes and Safari.
This allows you to transfer Photos, Videos and Notes from Mac to iPhone without having to open the Finder window.
1. Open the Photos app on your Mac and select Photos or videos that you want to AirDrop to iPhone.
2. Once the Photos are selected, click on the Share icon located at the top-left corner.
3. From the drop-down menu, click on AirDrop .
4. On the pop-up that appears, click on your iPhone .
The selected Photos will be magically transferred to your iPhone.