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