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What is Airdrop and How Does It Work?

AirDrop is technique of moving files wirelessly from one device to another. Initially AirDrop came in Mac OS X Lion and later arrived on the iPad and iPhone with iOS 7. The AirDrop deployment in iOS allows users to share videos, pictures, and documents with any user nearby who is using iOS or Mac device.

However, AirDrop technique makes ease of file sharing between users, thus it helps for families with a lot of Apple products. In addition, any files that could shared on Twitter, Facebook and iMessage can transfer AirDrop.

How Does AirDrop Work?

AirDrop feature uses Bluetooth technology to create a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi network between two or more iOS or Mac devices. Next, devices creates a firewall around the connection and sends files using encryption method. Thus, it is safer way to transfer files via email.

When you switch on AirDrop, it will search for device nearby using Wi-Fi connections and sends files across several rooms.

One benefit to AirDrop is the utilizing of Wi-Fi to create the connection. Some applications offer a similar file sharing efficiency using Bluetooth. And some Android devices utilizes a combination of Near Field Communications and Bluetooth to transfer files. Comparative to Wi-Fi connections, Bluetooth and NFC are quite slow, which makes transferring larger files using AirDrop much quicker and more suitable.

AirDrop Supported Devices:

AirDrop can work on may devices such as iPad 4, iPhone 5, iPad Mini, and iPod Touch 5 and later devices running iOS 7. In addition, it also supports on Macs running OS X Lion, though Macs products introduced earlier than 2010 may not be supported.

Disadvantages of AirDrop

  •  Chief disadvantages of AirDrop are that it cannot support photo transfer between iOS devices and Mac. You can share or transfer pictures files between iOS or between Macs devices.
  • Another disadvantage is that you cannot utilize this technique to share any files from iOS or Mac to any other OS.

Suppose if you lose files while sharing between devices due to any reasons then no need to worry, you can get them back easily by using Remo Recover Mac application. This Mac data recovery application can efficiently restore lost or deleted files from Mac machines.

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Tony Landry

Tony Landry is a Web Content Editor at Remo Software. He loves to write, edit, and manage content for users trying to troubleshoot and fix problems on Windows, Outlook, storage drives and Cloud storage networks.

He has published more than 200 articles in Remo Software blog. He actively engages in research and problem-solving techniques to consistently generate great web content. Fixing various hardware problems on computer and storage devices along with a great knack for fixing Outlook errors, Tony is also the fun-time IT guy for all his work friends. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys cycling.

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