Unlike earlier, you can now transfer files across all Apple compatible devices running iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite through AirDrop conveniently. What if due to some unknown reasons AirDrop is not working in iOS 8, how will you troubleshoot it? Here is how.

There can be many reasons of AirDrop not working in iOS 8. Before going ahead with the process in order to sort it out, let’s check out a few things.

How to Fix AirDrop Not Working In iOS 8

  • Make sure your iOS device is compatible. Only iPhone 5 or later, iPad 4th generation or later, iPad mini or later and iPod Touch 5th generation support AirDrop.
  • Must check out whether a particular app supports AirDrop or not. To do so, simply tap on Share button and check out if there is an AirDrop option.
  • Apps like, Photos, Contacts and Safari have the support of AirDrop.
  • Must ensure both devices (sending and receiving) have their AirDrop turned on.

RELATED: AirDrop Not Working on Mac

If you have checked out all the above mentioned information, it is time to move ahead with the process of troubleshooting the bug of AirDrop.

How to Fix AirDrop Not Working in iOS 8 – iOS 8.4

  • AirDrop can’t work if WI-FI and Bluetooth are turned off. There are two ways through which you can turn on WI-FI and Bluetooth.
  • Launch Settings app and then turn on WI-FI and Bluetooth.

Turn On WiFi and Bluetooth for AirDrop


  • Swipe up the screen of your device from bottom, Control Center will appear. Tap on WI-FI and Bluetooth icons to turn them on.

Turn On WiFi and Bluetooth for AirDrop from Control Center in iOS 8

  • AirDrop doesn’t work just by turning on WI-FI and Bluetooth. You have to turn it on as well.

Step #1. Swipe up the screen from bottom.

Step #2. Tap on AirDrop (below the Control Center.)

AirDrop Not Working In iOS 8

Step #3. Tap on Everyone

Tap on Everyone in iOS 8 AirDrop

Remember: Here you get four options

  • Off:  It lets you turn off AirDrop.
  • Everyone: It allows you to transfer your files with any compatible Apple Device.
  • Contacts Only: It lets you transfer your files with only those who are in your contact list having valid Apple ID.
  • Cancel: It lets you cancel the process.

You can tap on Everyone or Contacts Only depending on your wish and the need to do so.

Reboot your device. Sometimes your device may stop functioning properly due to some technical glitches. The best way you can solve this temporary glitch is just by powering down your device and then starting it off again.

Hopefully, your AirDrop bug will be fixed now.

Watch out this video to fix AirDrop issue on iOS 8 or later:

AirDrop makes communication between like devices so easy. Initially, it was started with only Mac to Mac. Then it became iPhone to iPhone thing. And now with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, it is allowed across all Apple devices. The so called cross – communication has been upgraded to a new level in order to bring more efficiency for Apple device users.

  • I’ve did all but AirDrop on my Mac isn’t detecting my iPhone after El Capitan upgrade. I’m on iOS 9.2.1 and OS X 10.11.3. Please help!

  • chan

    Better change the tittle to, how to turn on airdrop !! what kind of fix are u trying to share with us ?

  • Nguyen Duc Phuong

    I works for me 1 minute ago. 1 minute later, no longer work. What’s an unreliable piece of software.

  • bobzilla7

    At last. Thank you StudRamRod

  • StudRamRod

    What you neglect to mention is that if Airdrop is not being displayed at all in the Control Centre, got to Settings/General/Restrictions and see if Airdrop is enabled there.

    • Thank you so much for pointing this out. It was driving me crazy that I couldn’t even see it in the Control Center!

      • ms.b

        I had this same problem, but when I go in to restrictions I find it confusing. It says either enable restrictions or disable. I would think disable would turn on airdrop, but it still doesn’t appear. And if it is slid to the green “on” near airdrop, did I just restrict it or open it up?

  • Martin

    You sir, are a useless, pointless cunt

  • jt.tamad

    I see the devices on each other, but never get a notice on the mac to accept the file. Where does it appear? Just in airdrop in the finder?

  • Nice, I have changed my settings successfully, I have only one complaint that Airdrop works only with iOS not with other Android,Windows phone or BB..Whereas other options like SmartIO Works good in cross platform content transfer like mentioned here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smartio/id711338920?mt=8

  • Susanta

    Just reset setting

  • 0s1r1s

    Many thanks. I changed it to everyone on both devices and all good. :D

  • Verify if AirDrop is restricted. Tap Settings > General > Restrictions > enter your passcode > and Allow AirDrop. Now you should find AirDrop in the Control Center ;)

    Works for me.

    • lala

      Thank you, thank you, thank you! AirDrop wasn’t showing up in the control center and no one could tell me how to make it appear. I looked all over the internet and couldn’t find a solution until now.

    • Can’t believe how many pages I had to read to find this gem of advice!

  • I was having this same issue at certain times of the day as well specifically with transfers from my MacBook to my iPhone—and I think I figured it out:

    If you have “Do Not Disturb” turned on on iPhone/iPad for say: 10PM – 8AM and it’s 11PM or 3AM, AirDrop won’t work. Turn “Do Not Disturb” off and AirDrop started working again.

  • Derick

    Sending file from iPhone 5s to MacbookPro is failed. My iPhone 5s (8.1.2) usually cannot detect the airdrop of my MacbookPro (2012 mid, Yosemite), both devices are set to “discovered by everyone”, and I found one SOLUTION for this problem.

    When everything is set > click on Bluetooth icon (on Mac) on the menu bar > select Open Bluetooth Preferences > Do nothing and wait > Select one photo on your iPhone > Your Mac icon appear > File sent.

    • southtrini1

      Thank you so much for this!

      • jeremy

        still having the same issue, and this is the only thing that works. awesome. thank you so much!

    • Greg

      That worked. Thank you so much

    • Pete

      This is the first thing I’ve found that actually works, awesome.

  • Isaiah Kuehn

    I have a problem with airdrop options are in French . Main language Is on English wtf can’t figure this one out

  • Thais Grandisoli

    Mine isn’t working and I can’t figure out why. Neither my phone or my mac appear to each other

    • elle

      Turn off your personal mobile hotspot on your phone

  • Julio

    after following al recommendations to set the Air drop in my Macbook pro still not working, neither the bluetooth, any other recommendation please, thank you

  • Kofi

    I’m having the same problems as everyone else listed below. I have a MBP 13-Inch
    Early 2011 running OS X Yosemite, and iPhone 6 and an iPad Air. None of them can see the other over AirDrop

  • Micah Freeman

    I’m having the same problem on my MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012) running Yosemite. Its not picking up my ipad mini retina or my iphone 5S.

    • VelvetKnight

      Same here, but with an iPhone 5.

      I also went to the bluetooth menu on my Macbook, selected my iPhone and clicked “Connect to Network.” About 10 seconds later I got an error message saying, “Network is unavailable. Make sure device is turned on and in range.”

      The phone was on (as well as bluetooth, wifi, and the Airdrop menu open), and literally 3 inches from the laptop. Rebooting didn’t help.

    • Same, just doesn’t work. Boooh Apple, it’s pretty bad !

      • Anjali

        Pretty bad?! Apple suckkkks big time!!!!!!

  • Anne

    I’ve done every step and it still doesn’t work :S My iMac is from 2012 (OS X yosemite) and I’ve the first iPad mini (iOS 8) generation. My iMac don’t show nothing on Airdrop, is there any other solution??

    • Do you see any option under the AirDrop screen (on your iMac) where you can select ‘Everyone’ instead of ‘Contacts only’? Also, check if your iMac has the required Bluetooth hardware (compatibility.)

      • CJ Takeda

        It didn’t work at all. I’m at my office but I’m not linked with the in the network. I am using tethering.

        We’ve turned all our wifi and Bluetooth on, chose Everyone on the Airdrop window on our Mac running Yosemite 10.10.1.

        • richelle

          someone please help me!!!
          everytime i go to send a photo it comes up with ‘canceled’.

    • julio

      did you ever get an answer to fix this problem? Im having the same problem