Apple has made password management a breeze with the introduction of iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. Apart from letting you immaculately manage your accounts, it also allows you to share passwords using AirDrop. So far everything was running well, but unfortunately, something went wrong, and I was unable to share passwords with AirDrop between iPhone and Mac even after several attempts.
When the problem didn’t seem to get fixed, I had to resort to some trusted solutions that have always come handy in troubleshooting the AirDrop issues. Eventually, I got the better of the problem. If you are also faced with the same roadblock on your device, the below-mentioned tricks can come to your rescue.
Unable to Share Passwords with AirDrop on iPhone and Mac? Tips to Fix the Issue
Ensure that AirDrop is Enabled
The first thing you should do is make sure AirDrop is enabled on your devices. Besides, be sure you have selected Everyone in order to be discoverable by all the compatible nearby devices.
On Your iPhone and iPad
Step #1. Open Settings app ⟶ Tap on General.
Step #2. Now tap on AirDrop. Then, ensure that Everyone is selected.
Alternately, you can bring up the Control Center ⟶ touch and hold the Wi-Fi icon ⟶ AirDrop icon ⟶ and choose Everyone.
On your Mac
Step #1. Open Finder on your Mac.
Step #2. Now, click on Go menu and then click AirDrop.
Step #3. Next, click on the drop-down menu next to “Allow me to be discovered by” and then select Everyone.
Be Sure Personal Hotspot is Disabled
Is Personal Hotspot enabled on your device? Try turning it off as it also requires Wi-Fi and seems to clash with AirDrop when enabled.
Open Settings app ⟶ Personal Hotspot and turn off the switch.
Also, disconnect your Mac from Instant Hotspot. Click on the Wi-Fi icon and disconnect the computer from the Instant Hotspot.
Do Not Disturb mode
Have you set up scheduled Do Not Disturb? Disable it as it may be coming in the way of the file transfer feature.
On your iOS device, open Settings ⟶ Go to Do Not Disturb ⟶ and turn off the switch next to Scheduled.
On your Mac, Simply click on Notification pane at the top right corner and turn off the switch next to Do Not Disturb.
Make Sure AirDrop Usage is Not Restricted
You may have restricted the use of AirDrop and forgot to remove the limitation. Ensure that it’s not blocked.
Launch Settings ⟶ Go to Screen Time ⟶ Tap on Content & Privacy Restrictions ⟶ Allowed Apps. Then, make sure the switch next to AirDrop is ON.
Turn Off/On Wi-Fi and Bluetooth/Reboot Your Device
If the aforementioned tricks didn’t resolve the issue, try turning Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Then, reboot your device and turn on the radios.
It’s the one solution that has often clicked for me. I hope it works for you as well.
On your iOS device:
Open Settings app ⟶ Wi-Fi/Bluetooth and turn off the switches.
On your Mac:
Click on the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar on your Mac and then select Turn off Wi-Fi.
Click the Bluetooth status icon in the menu bar, then select Turn Bluetooth Off.
Next, you need to hard reset your iOS device.
Restart Your Mac: Click on the Apple menu and select Restart.
Once your device has restarted, turn on the radios. Then, go ahead with the sharing. There shouldn’t be any problem now.
Note: If you find the Internet not performing up to the mark, it would be apt to put network settings to factory default on your iOS device. Open Settings ⟶ General ⟶ Reset ⟶ Reset Network Settings.
Firewall Might be Playing the Spoil Sport…
Check out if the Firewall is playing the villainous role. It’s a very reliable security feature, but at times it tends to come in the way of normal functionalities. Disable it and then try sharing the password again.
Step #1. Launch System Preferences ⟶ Security & Privacy.
Step #2. Click the Firewall tab ⟶ Click on Lock icon.
Step #3. Enter your administrator password. Then, click on Unlock.
Step #4. Finally, click on Turn Off Firewall.
Step #5. Once you are done with the changes, make sure to click lock icon again.
Update Your Devices
If none of the tricks have resolved the problem, update your device. The issue might be caused by a software bug. Hence, updating can get your work done.
On your iOS Device:
Open Settings app ⟶ General ⟶ Software Update
On Your Mac:
Launch Mac App Store ⟶ Click on Updates.
Got the better of the issue? Which one of the aforementioned tricks worked for you? Do let us know that down below in the comments.
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