≡ Menu ≡ Menu

You are here: Home » Mac’s AirDrop Not Working Properly

Mac’s AirDrop Not Working Properly

AirDropAirDrop is a convenient feature to have in the Apple ecosystem. It allows me to work more efficiently when it works. With AirDrop, I can modify images on one device and drop them to another. This feature is particularly useful because I do the image editing on the iPad and writing on the Mac. Adding images to the document should be as easy as AirDropping and inserting. Unfortunately, it’s not working that way, and I’m unsure how to solve it.

For some reason, the Mac Mini is unwilling to accept AirDropped files from the iPad or iPhone. The iPhone and iPad communicate nicely with each other, and I can send documents from the Mac to other devices, but the Mac will not reciprocate and accept files.

AirDrop Troubleshooting Begins

Since my devices are within inches of each other, I knew it wasn’t a distance problem, so I ensured they were all signed into iCloud. Next, I checked the permissions within AirDrop. I checked the settings to see if I had inadvertently blocked everyone, but I had not. The Mac permissions are set to Contacts Only.

AirDrop Contacts Only
Since my devices are included in my contacts, in theory, it should work. But it didn’t.

Just for grins, I changed the permissions to be discovered by Everyone.

AirDrop Everyone Permission
With this change, I could send a document to the Mac, but it was a one-and-done situation. After that, it stopped accepting documents.

The Troubleshooting Continues

I went into the Firewall settings to ensure File Sharing allowed incoming connections. I also ensured Universal Control was on, but as I’ve written in the past, the promise of this feature is great, but actually using it causes frustration – but I digress.

Firewall Settings
Next, I turned off the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on all devices and turned them back on. Finally, I rebooted the system. I thought it needed to get itself back on track with the reboot, but that didn’t help.

Small Progress

When I go into AirDrop on my iPad or iPhone, I notice that the Mac Mini shows up as an AirDroppable device. However, when I select it as an AirDrop destination, the status changes to “Waiting,” and finally, it changes to “Failed.”

AirDrop Failure
However, when I change the permissions on the Mac to Everyone, my devices show a second icon for the Mac. That second icon is the icon I use to transfer files successfully. Once the file is transferred, I change the Mac’s permissions back to Contacts Only.

I’m not so sure that’s the way it’s supposed to work, but that’s how it’s working for me. Since I’m new to the Mac environment, I always think it’s because of my ignorance when things don’t go right. AirDrop and Universal Control are two features that have me scratching my head. If anyone has a solution, please help this Low-Tech Grandma out.

About the Author: Felicia (aka Low Tech Grandma) is a wife, mother, grandmother, writer and low-tech blogger.

{ 0 comments… add one }

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.