What is Airdrop for iPhone and Is It Simple to Use

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What is Airdrop for iPhone… Airdrop is a simple and easy way to transfer files, photos, data, videos, contacts, voice memos and anything else you normally would want to share.

 It’s a process that almost seems like the transfer is dropping from space onto your device…hence Airdrop. Apple is known for creating superior products and are always trying to keep functions super, super easy…Mission accomplished!!! 

Follow through as we guide you step by step, how to transfer files, and how to turn on and off Airdrop. 

Additionally, there are a few other questions we found very relevant and important. Such as is Airdrop safe, can you transfer viruses, can your files be hacked, how many photos can you Airdrop at once and a few others. 

Included in this post, we’ve also added the top 15 most frequently asked Airdrop questions. We hope to address all your concerns within this post.

Let’s get started Dropping with Airdrop!


  1. How to Airdrop files, data, photos and more? 
  2. How do I turn on or off Airdrop on my iPhone?
  3. Can Airdrop be hacked?
  4. How do you Airdrop text messages?
  5. Can you get a virus from Airdrop?
  6. What is the advantage of Airdrop?
  7. How close do you have to be to Airdrop?
  8. How does Airdrop work on iPad
  9. Can you Airdrop from Samsung to iPhone?
  10. Do you need WiFi for Airdrop?
  11. Does Airdrop reduce quality?
  12. How many photos can you Airdrop at once?
  13. Can you Airdrop with just Bluetooth?
  14. Does iMessage reduce image quality?
  15. Can I use Airdrop without iCloud?

Bonus Questions

  • Can the iPhone be hacked through text?
  • Can I send photos from Gallery Note to iPhone?

How to AirDrop files from iPhone to iPhone or iPad 

 Scroll From Top to Bottom or re-verse- to Enable Your Control Panel
push the button and click as easy as that to set up iPhone Airdrop.
  1. At the top left menu press and hold.
  2. Scroll down on left select AirDrop
  3. Next select enable for everyone
  4. Go to the devices you are transferring files to.
  5. Go to setting
  6. Enable WiFi and Bluetooth
  7. Choose the files you want to transfer
  8. Tap the Share option
  9. Next tap on share; it will turn a different color
  10. You should see a wait notification
  11. On the other the device it will ask to accept or decline the files
  12. Accept the files… that’s ALL!!!

2. How do I turn on or off Airdrop on my iPhone?

Step 1. Look for the menu screen at the bottom of the screen where your airplane mode and calculator is.

Step 2. Swipe up to display your control center tap on Airdrop

Step 3. To disable tap off

3. Can Airdrop be hacked?

Any and every mobile device can be hacked… including the mighty Apple products. However, to Apple’s credit, they added additional levels of security to make it harder to hack. You can try changing your password and enabling two-factor authentication to deter hackers.

4. How do you Airdrop text messages?

To share text via Airdrop, you just need to hit the “Share” option in Drafts’ destination mist and choose Airdrop from the standard sharing popover. Pick the destination in the list, and then, on the receiving device, accept the document and pick which app you want to open it with.

5. Can you get viruses from Airdrop?

Since Airdrop uses an over the air file sharing service that uses Bluetooth and WiFi this makes it a little more difficult to send a virus. But yes, it is possible, for someone within the range to install a malicious app while sending the files. 

6. What is the advantage of Airdrop?

The biggest advantages of Airdrop are that you can transfer files safer and faster. Safer because their being transferred in a relatively short distance such as across the rooms. Airdrop is faster because it can use the Bluetooth connection that’s super-fast or W-Fi not as fast but usually available. 

7. How close do you have to be to Airdrop?

 Both devices must be within Bluetooth or WiFi range on the same network. No more than 40 feet apart. 

8. How does airdrop work on iPad

Airdrop works the same as on iPhone. The Airdrop was designed to transfer files, photos, contacts, videos with ease using any of your Apple devices.

9. Can You Airdrop from Samsung to iPhone?

You can use Airdrop to share files between iOS devices, however, the process seems a little long and confusing. But as usual, there is an app that you can download that makes it a lot easier. Check out Synchro’s Data Transfer, their claim to fame… connect, select and transfer. 

10. Do You Need WiFi for Airdrop?

Airdrop uses what they call the Peer-to-Peer network which is used to connect two or more devices. In all actuality, you do not need to be on a WiFi network to use Airdrop. But your WiFi needs to be turned on. This connection network is referred to as (PAN) Personal Area Networking. 

11. Does Airdrop Reduce Quality?

Depending on the size of the files your mobile network will request you to reduce your file size. Airdrop only compresses files this normally doesn’t reduce the look and feel of your photos. 

12. How many photos can you Airdrop at once?

There is no set limit to the number of photos you can Airdrop at once. Keep in mind you will be unable to use either device while the transfer is in process…. You can drop as many as you like if you have internet capability and connection.

13. Can you Airdrop with just Bluetooth?

Yes, Airdrop was designed to use Bluetooth technology. Bluetooth is the quickest method to transfer files and other data from Airdrop. The devices only need to be close enough to establish a good connection. 

14. Does iMessage Reduce Image Quality?

Your mobile network establishes the maximum size of attachment they will transfer across their network. Upon trying to send images and videos etc. if those files are too large, they will notify you and ask you to decrease the size of your file. IMessage may compress your files if necessary, which does not affect the quality. 

image of hacker incognito. yes someone can hacker your files.

15. Can I use Airdrop without iCloud?

Tap Airdrop and a menu will appear with the options Off, Contacts Only, and Everyone. Choosing Everyone allows you to share files without using the internet or an iCloud account. If you choose Contacts Only, you will be prompted to sign in to iCloud, so the internet is required. … Select the files and or photos you want to share, marks them with a checkmark and send. To deselect an item, tap the thumbnail again.

Bonus#1. Can the iPhone be Hacked Through Text?

Sure, someone can hack your phone and read your text messages from his phone. But the person using this cell phone must not be a stranger to you. No one can trace, track or monitor someone else’s text messages. … Using cell phone tracking apps is the most well-known method of hacking someone’s smartphone

Bonus#2. Can I Send Photos from Gallery Note to iPhone?

The easiest way to transfer your photos from the gallery to the iPhone is drag and drop.

You will need a Windows PC, USB cables for both phones. Be certain you install the device driver of both phones; this allows the PC to be connected to them.

  • 1. Connect both your Android and iPhone via your USB cable.
  • 2. From your PC select “open my computer”
  • 3. You should see both devices under portables devices
  • 4. In a new window open iPhone storage
  • 5. Same for Android
  • 6. On windows for your iPhone storage under DCIM, your photos should be inside.
  • 7. Choose which photos you want to transfer.


Not much to say about Airdrop…. it’s super simple. But remember all mobile devices and be hacked, breach or jacked. There are no 100% safety options. All we can do is double-up on our security measures. The latest security recommendations according to security expert (1) everyone should use a password manager and (2) add a multi-step authentication level to all financials logins and other important password-protected logins. 


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