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

Written By Mehak Reviewed By How-to iPad iPhone 3 Min Read

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.

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.

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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By Mehak Senior Writer
Mehak has a master’s degree in communication and over ten years of writing experience. Her passion for technology and Apple products led her to iGeeksBlog, where she specializes in writing product roundups and app recommendations for fellow Apple users. When not typing away on her MacBook Pro, she loves being lost in a book or out exploring the world.
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