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Whenever I have to share files across iDevices, AirDrop is my preferred medium. The prime reason why I select AirDrop is that it's quite easy-to-use and secure. Besides, it doesn't change the quality of image and videos. With the latest iOS ecosystem, this quick file sharing feature has got a separate section in Settings app. What about the functionality? The process of using AirDrop in iOS 11 is pretty much the same as before.

So if you have just started using the newest iOS ecosystem and don't find AirDrop at the usual place, do not get confused. Just like before, you can configure it to receive files from your contacts only or everyone. And if you no longer want to receive files from anyone, you have the option to completely turn it off to prevent anyone from sharing files with you.

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How to Use AirDrop in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

How to AirDrop Files in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

How to Receive Files Only from Your Contacts Via AirDrop

Step #1. Open Settings app on iOS device → Tap on General.

Tap on Settings Then General

Step #2. Next, you need to tap on AirDrop.

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Tap on AirDrop in iOS 11 Settings on iPhone

Step #3. Now, select Contacts Only.

Allow AirDrop to Contacts Only in iOS 11

Where is AirDrop in iOS 11 Control Center?

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access Control Centertouch and hold the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/Airplane Mode/Mobile Data button.

Tap on AirPlane Icon in iOS 11 Control Center to Access AirDrop

Tap on AirDrop button and select Contacts Only.

Access AirDrop from iOS 11 Control Center

How to Allow Everyone to Share Files with You Via AirDrop

Step #1. Launch Settings app → General.

Tap on Settings Then General

Step #2. Tap on AirDrop.

Tap on AirDrop in iOS 11 Settings on iPhone

Step #3. Next, select Everyone.

Allow AirDrop for All in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

Access AirDrop from Control Center in iOS 11

Alternately, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up Control Centertouch and hold the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/Airplane Mode/Mobile Data button.

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Tap on AirPlane Icon in iOS 11 Control Center to Access AirDrop

Tap on AirDrop button and select Everyone.
Allow Everyone for AirDrop from iOS 11 Control Center

How to Share Files Using AirDrop on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Head over to the item you want to share with your friend.

Step #2. Tap on the Share button.

Tap on Share Button in iOS 11 Photos App

Step #3. Next up, wait for a few seconds and let your friend's device be discovered. Then, tap on the device name. (which will show up right above the share sheet.)
Share File Using AirDrop in iOS 11 on iPhone

How to Turn off AirDrop iOS 11 to Stop Receiving Files from Anyone

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device → Tap on General.

Tap on Settings Then General

Step #2. Tap on AirDrop.

Tap on AirDrop in iOS 11 Settings on iPhone

Step #3. Next, you need to select Receiving Off.

Turn Off AirDrop in iOS 11 on iPhone

Alternately, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access Control Centertouch and hold the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/Airplane Mode/Mobile Data button.

Tap on AirPlane Icon in iOS 11 Control Center to Access AirDrop

Tap on AirDrop button and select Receiving Off.

Turn Off AirDrop from iOS 11 Control Center

Wrap up

What's your most preferred method of sharing files across iDevices? Share your feedback in the comments below.

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