How to Share Original Quality Photos and Videos Using AirDrop in iOS 13

In the latest iteration of iOS (and of course iPadOS), AirDrop doesn't share original quality videos and images by default. Well, you need to enable a slightly hidden toggle to do it. Here is how it's done!

Along with the blue bubble called iMessage, AirDrop has long been probably the most loved feature of the Apple ecosystem. What I have always admired in it is a pretty simple and seamless wireless file-sharing experience. And that too without cutting down on security factor or compromising on quality.

With iOS 13, AirDrop has seen some neat improvements. One of the notable new add-ons is the option to share original photos and videos via AirDrop on iPhone and iPad. Moreover, it also keeps edit history and metadata like keywords and descriptions intact.

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Whether you are a graphic designer, professional photographer or a normal joe who wants to share images without any compromise with quality, this could be a must-have feature for you. By default, it is disabled and also slightly hidden inside the stock Photos app. But don’t worry, below are the quick steps to unravel it with ease!

How to Use AirDrop to Share Original Quality Photos and Videos in iOS 13 and iPadOS

Step #1. Launch Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.

Launch Photos app on your iPhone running iOS 13

Step #2. Next, find out the photos or videos you would like to share.

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If you want to share a single photo, tap on it and then choose Share button.

Select Photo and Tap on Share in iOS 13 Photos App

In case you wish to share multiple photos, tap on Select at the top right and then choose Share button.

Step #3. On the next screen, tap on Options > at the top. Tap on it.

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Tap on Options at the top of Photo in iOS 13 Share Sheet

Step #4. Next up, check out an option named All Photos Data. Toggle this switch and then make sure to hit Done at the top right.

Turn ON All Photos Data and Tap on Done in iOS 13 Photos App

Sticky Note: Check out another toggle named Location that allows you to share images with geotags. If you don’t want to share pics with location metadata, you can disable it. But do note that All Photos Data toggle works in sync with the Location option.

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Step #5. Up next, you will be back on the share sheet. Select your desired medium and share your content as usual.

Use AirDrop to Share Original Quality Photos and Videos in iOS 13 and iPadOS

That’s pretty much it!

Pivotal Feature for Pro Photographers or Those Who Like to Keep the Real Quality Intact?

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Well, I appreciate this new add-on as it offers more flexibility. So, depending on your needs, you can choose to keep the quality of your photos intact while sharing or strip all the metadata to make sharing a bit smooth and also shield your privacy.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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