How to share original quality photos or videos using AirDrop on iPhone

How to share original quality photos or videos using AirDrop on iPhone

AirDrop is one of the most loved features of the Apple ecosystem. You can use it to share original quality photos and videos from your iPhone or iPad to Mac and vice versa. I love how it’s quick, secure, and efficient. It also keeps edit history and metadata intact, so you do not lose any information about the shared media.

However, you need to tweak a few settings to maintain photo and video resolution when using AirDrop. Let’s understand out what’s involved.

How to send photos and videos via AirDrop in original quality on iPhone

  1. Launch the Photos app.
  2. Find the photos and videos you want to share.
  3. Tap the photo and tap the Share icon at the screen’s bottom.
    If you wish to share multiple photos/videos, tap Select at the top right, select photos, and tap the Share icon.
  4. Next, tap Options.

    Open Photos app and select photo, tap on share and options
  5. Toggle on All Photos Data, if not already, and tap Done.
  6. On the share sheet, select AirDrop and select the device to send to.

    Turn on All Photos Data, Tap on Done and AirDrop to original quality photo

How to maintain video resolution when sharing videos via AirDrop on iPhone

Along with the above method, there’s another setting to tweak if you want to send videos via AirDrop in their original resolution.

  1. Go to SettingsPhotos and scroll all the way down.
  2. Under Transfer to Mac and PC, select Keep Originals.

    Select Keep Originals on iPhone

Well, that’s all you need to know about sending a photo or video via AirDrop without losing the quality.

Please note that when sending from Mac to an iPhone or iPad, the quality is maintained by default, so you don’t need to adjust any settings. Here’re some questions to answer your queries.

Frequently asked questions

Q. How do I send a high-quality video from my iPhone?

Yes, you can use AirDrop to transfer full-resolution photos from iPhone, iPad, and Mac. To do this, tap Options on the Share Sheet and toggle on All Photos Data.

Q. Does Airdrop degrade image quality?

Yes, AirDrop might slightly degrade quality, especially when the recipient device is an older model. To avoid this, go to SettingsPhotos on your iPhone and select Keep Originals.

Got more questions? Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. Helpful, but doing it in reverse (mac to iphone) theres no “option” button and photos are losing resolution. Do you have a tip for that?

  2. Hello,

    Unfortunately, there is no setting to manage resolution or other details when Airdropping from Mac to iPhone, mainly because Apple tries to share uncompressed files through Airdrop.

    During testing, all 7-8 images I AirDropped maintained their size and EXIF info. But if you are facing such an issue, try using iCloud Photos for transfer; you can create a shared folder and easily share pictures across multiple devices and Apple IDs.

    1. Currently, there is no way to change the default setting so that All Photos Data is ON all the time on iPhone. This is a security feature to prevent users from accidentally sharing sensitive photos or videos with the wrong person.

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