What is Airdrop and How Does It Work?

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AirDrop is a technique for 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 anyone nearby using iOS or Mac devices.

However, the AirDrop technique makes file sharing between users more accessible. Thus, it helps 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's feature uses Bluetooth technology to create a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi network between two or more iOS or Mac devices. Next, devices create a firewall around the connection and send files using an encryption method. Thus, it is a safer way to transfer files via email.

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

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

AirDrop Supported Devices:

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

Disadvantages of AirDrop

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

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

About the Author: Tony Landry

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