How to Use AirDrop on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR [Ultimate Guide]

Where is AirDrop icon on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and iPhone XR and how to use it? It's slightly hidden on the new iPhone (just like any other iOS 11/12 or later devices); read on to set up and use it on your device.

Before iOS 11, “AirDrop” icon used to be visible in the Control Center. But in the latest iOS versions, it’s slightly under the wraps. Hence, some users might wonder where is AirDrop icon on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR.

For those unfamiliar, AirDrop allows users to share content like photos, videos, files and more with other Apple devices nearby. It makes the sharing content between devices super convenient without the loss of any quality. Having said that; using AirDrop on iPhone X series is just as straightforward as it’s on other iOS devices.

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How to Use AirDrop on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR

Quick access:

How to Choose Who Can See Your Device in AirDrop and Send You Content on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR

You can customize AirDrop both from Control Center and Settings app on your iPhone X series. Besides, you have the option to choose who can see your device in AirDrop and send you content.

Customize AirDrop from Settings App on iPhone X Series:

Open Settings app on your iPhone → tap on General → AirDrop and select the preferred option.
Customize AirDrop from Settings App on iPhone X

Access AirDrop from Control Center on iPhone X Series:

Simply swipe down from the top right corner of the screen to open Control Center. Then, you need to press deeply or touch and hold the network settings card in the upper-left corner and tap AirDrop.

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Then select one of the options:

  • Receiving Off: Choose it to disallow AirDrop requests.
  • Contacts Only: Only your contacts will be able to see your device.
  • Everyone: To allow all nearby iOS/macOS devices using AirDrop can see your iPhone.

Access AirDrop from iOS 11 Control Center

Note: Just in case you see Receiving Off and can’t tap to change it, open Settings → General → Restrictions and ensure that AirDrop is turned on.

How to Share Content with AirDrop on iPhone X Series

  • Make sure you have turned on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your device. And they must be on the device you are sending the content as well.

Turn ON WiFi and Bluetooth on iPhone XIf you have turned on Personal Hotspot on, disable it. Make sure it’s turned off on the device you are sending the content as well. Setting app → Personal Hotspot and toggle it off. Ensure that the person you’re sending content to is nearby.

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  • The receiver must not be out of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range.
  • If the receiver’s AirDrop receiving setting is set to Contacts Only, only the person in his/her contacts will be able to share contents.
  • They need to set AirDrop receiving setting to Everyone to allow anyone to send them content.

Step #1. To share content using AirDrop, open an app and select the item. In this test, I’m going to share some of my favorite images.

Step #2. Once you have selected images, tap on Share button.

Select the images and tap on Share icon on iPhone XStep #3. Now, wait for the nearby AirDrop users to show up. Then, tap on the name of the user with whom you want to share the images.

Wait for nearby AirDrop users and Tap on name of the user on iPhone XNext, let the images be sent successfully.
Share Content with AirDrop on iPhone X

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How to Receive Content with AirDrop on iPhone X Series

Whenever anyone shares content with you using AirDrop, you will get an alert with a preview of the content. Tap on tap Accept or Decline in the alert.

Receive Content with AirDrop on iPhone XWhen accepted, you will get the content in the app it was sent from. For instance, photos appear in the Photos app and websites open in Safari.

Just in case you share AirDrop content to yourself, like from your iPhone X to iPad Pro which are synced with the same iCloud account, you won’t get an alert to Accept or Decline.

That’s it!

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Your take:

So, take the full advantage of Apple’s ad-hoc service to easily share files. And based on what suits your workflow the better, configure it ideally.

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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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