Sharing pictures using AirDrop on iPad

18 Nov

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In the past few days I had more time to play with my new iPad Air. In case anybody had any doubts, let me clarify that I really like the new tablet and I am enjoying playing with it!!

For those who may have missed last week’s exciting news, I wrote about my first impressions of the new iPad Air. You can check out that article here.

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I am discovering several new features that are available on iOS 7 but I could not access on my previous iPad 2.

One of these features is called AirDrop.


Applicable to:
iPad versions: iPad mini, iPad with Retina Display, iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina Display
iOS versions: iOS 7

What is AirDrop?

AirDrop lets you share pictures, videos, locations on maps, contacts and links to websites using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth between iOS devices. You need an iCloud account to be able to share and both iOS 7 devices have to be signed into an iCloud account.Transfers are encrypted for security purposes.

Which devices are supported?

At the moment the following iOS devices are supported: iPad 4th generation, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina Display, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s and iPod touch 5th generation.

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Turning AirDrop On

In this example I will be showing you how to transfer a picture between my iPod touch and my iPad Air. In this case both devices are on iOS 7, are logged into iCloud and are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.


The first step is to turn on AirDrop on both the iPod and the iPad. We can do this by opening up Control Center and tapping on AirDrop.

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When you tap on AirDrop, you will be offered 3 options to make your device discoverable: Off, Contacts Only and Everyone.

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In this case to make things simple, I will select “Everyone” on both the iPod and iPad. Notice the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth symbols light up when you turn on AirDrop.

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Sharing a picture with AirDrop

Now that AirDrop is on, I will open the Camera App on my iPod and select a picture I want to share.

Tapping on the share icon will open the sharing menu.

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Next, I will tap on the AirDrop icon to transfer the picture to my iPad.

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A popup dialog box appears on the iPad showing a preview of the picture and asking whether you want to receive it.


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At this point, I accept the incoming picture on the iPad and voila! the Camera App opens with the picture that was transferred from the iPod!

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In a similar way, we can transfer other things like a contact, a video, a website, etc.

Questions? Thoughts?

Have you tried AirDrop before?
As usual, I would like to hear from you. Please leave your comment below.

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