AirDrop Not Working in iOS 9 on iPhone/iPad: Some Tips to Fix the Issue

iOS 9 enabled devices face many technical problems; glitch in AirDrop is one of them. You can fix this issue by following some easy steps mentioned above.

Apple is facing rants from countless iOS users as they found some flaws in the recently released iOS 9. For the last couple of days, a tipster has uploaded a video on how any hacker can encroach upon your iPhone even if your phone is secured with a passcode.

And now here is news of AirDrop not working in iOS 9. Bad press has certainly upset Apple; on Apple Support Communities, many people have raised this issue. The brand is undoubtedly going through a tense period and must do something to overcome these issues.

AirDrop Not Working on iPhone and iPad

Regarding AirDrop, we can offer some solutions if it is not working on the latest iOS 9. Before you follow any solution, please check that following things are in place:

  • First off, check that your iDevice is compatible. AirDrop is supported by devices like iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPad mini and later, and iPod touch 5th generation support AirDrop.
  • If any app doesn’t support AirDrop, you should check that also. Tap on Share button and check whether there is an AirDrop option or not.
  • AirDrop is supported by apps like Photos, Contacts and Safari.
  • Check whether or not AirDrop is turned on in sending and receiving device.

Once you finish the above bullet points, you can now go ahead to try some possible solutions to fix AirDrop.

How to Fix AirDrop Not Working in iOS 9 on iPhone and iPad

Turn On Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
AirDrop doesn’t work without Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, hence you need to check if Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are turned on in your iDevice.

To turn On Wi-fi on your iDevice;

Step #1. Go to Settings → Tap on Wi-fi.

Wi-Fi Settings on iPhone

Step #2. Toggle the Switch to Turn On Wi-Fi.

Turn ON Wi-Fi on iPhoneTo turn On Bluetooth on your iDevice;

Step #1. Go to Settings → Tap on Bluetooth.

Bluetooth Settings on iPhone

Step #2. Toggle the Switch to Turn On Bluetooth.

Turn ON Bluetooth on iPhone

Toggle AirDrop
Some users clean forget to start AirDrop; it’s a very funny situation but a fact. You need to check if you have turned on AirDrop on your iDevice or not.

Step #1. To turn AirDrop on, swipe up the screen from bottom.

Tap on AirDrop on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on AirDrop and a menu will appear on the screen with three options: Off, Contacts Only and Everyone.

Step #3. You can make iDevice discoverable by tapping on Everyone or Contacts Only.

Turn On AirDrop on iPhone or iPad

If you are trying to transfer file between iDevice and Mac, try Toggle AirDrop ON and OFF.

Step #1. Go to Finder → Click on AirDrop from Sidebar.

Click on AirDrop on Mac

Step #2. Click on No one and Again Click on Everyone.

Toggle On and Off AirDrop on Mac

If this doesn’t work, go for the Reboot. There are occasions when your iDevices stop working effectively because of technical flaws. Just hold the power and home buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds and your iDevice will restart.

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Check for iOS Update

It’s a regular tradition set by Apple that any particular bug in any version of iOS is rectified in the next update. There are chances that AirDrop issue is already addressed in the latest iOS version. So give it a try by going to Settings > General > Software Update. If there is any available update, then all you need to do is to tap on it to download and install. Check again if AirDrop has started working.

Reset Network

AirDrop uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to transfer files between Apple devices. Both of them are part of network settings. If there is any issue in any of the network settings, AirDrop is like to malfunction. It is also next to impossible to find where exactly is the problem, so the easiest way is to reset network settings. In order to do so, go to Settings → General → Reset → Reset Network Settings. This is likely to resolve the AirDrop not working issue.

Contact the Apple Customer Care

The last resort is to book an appointment with Apple tech support. They are likely to solve the issue, and if not, they will surely get you a replacement. There are high chances of radios not performing as it should. In simple words, your iPhone hardware might be dead or malfunctioning.

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