Can’t Share Passwords with AirDrop on iPhone

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.

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.

1. On Your iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Open Settings app ⟶ Tap on General.

Tap on Settings then General in iOS 12

Step #2. Now tap on AirDrop. Then, ensure that Everyone is selected.

Enable AirDrop for Everyone in iOS 12

Alternately, you can bring up the Control Center ⟶ touch and hold the Wi-Fi iconAirDrop icon ⟶ and choose Everyone.

Enable AirDrop for Everyone from iOS 12 Control Center

2. On your Mac

Step #1. Open Finder on your Mac.

Open Finder on Mac

Step #2. Now, click on Go menu and then click AirDrop.

Click on Go menu and then click AirDrop on Mac

Step #3. Next, click on the drop-down menu next to “Allow me to be discovered by” and then select Everyone.

Enable AirDrop for Everyone on Mac

3. 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.

Turn Off Personal Hotspot in iOS 12

Also, disconnect your Mac from Instant Hotspot. Click on the Wi-Fi icon and disconnect the computer from the Instant Hotspot.

4. 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.

Turn Off scheduled Do Not Disturb in iOS 12

On your Mac, Simply click on Notification pane at the top right corner and turn off the switch next to Do Not Disturb.

Turn Off Do Not Disturb on Mac

5. 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.

1. On your iOS device:

Open Settings app ⟶ Wi-Fi/Bluetooth and turn off the switches.

Turn Off WiFi and Bluetooth in iOS 12

2. On your Mac:

Click on the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar on your Mac and then select Turn off Wi-Fi.

Turn off WiFi on Mac

Click the Bluetooth status icon in the menu bar, then select Turn Bluetooth Off.

Turn off Bluetooth on Mac

Next, you need to hard reset your iOS device.

Restart Your Mac: Click on the Apple menu and select Restart.

Restart Your Mac

Once your device has restarted, turn on the radios. Then, go ahead with the sharing. There shouldn’t be any problem now.

Turn ON WiFi and Bluetooth in iOS 12

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 PreferencesSecurity & Privacy.

Click on Security & Privacy in Mac System Preferences

Step #2. Click the Firewall tab ⟶ Click on Lock icon.

Click Firewall Tab then Click on Lock Icon

Step #3. Enter your administrator password. Then, click on Unlock.

Enter System Password on Mac

Step #4. Finally, click on Turn Off Firewall.

Turn Off Firewall on Mac

Step #5. Once you are done with the changes, make sure to click lock icon again.

Click on Lock Icon After Making Changes

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.

1. On your iOS Device:

Open Settings app ⟶ General ⟶ Software Update

Tap on Settings Then General then Software Update on iPhone or iPad

2. On Your Mac:

Launch Mac App Store ⟶ Click on Updates.

Update Your Mac

Wrapping up:

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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The founder of iGeeksBlog, Dhvanesh, is an Apple aficionado, who cannot stand even a slight innuendo about Apple products. He dons the cap of editor-in-chief to make sure that articles match the quality standard before they are published.