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How to use AirDrop to send and receive files on Apple iOS 7

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Apple's AirDrop for iOS 7 is the answer to the cries of millions of users who want a better way of sharing their photos, videos and links than bluetooth, email or SMS.

Before we go any further, we must mention that this feature only works with the iPhone 5, 5C or 5S, the iPad 4 or Mini, and the iPod Touch 5th generation, all running iOS 7. This means there's currently no way of using AirDrop with an iPhone 4S or 4, or older iPads and iPods.

With that aside, using AirDrop in iOS 7 is pretty simple once you know what you're doing. First, you'll want to enable AirDrop. To do so, simply swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone's screen, with your finger starting from just below the bottom of the screen.

Then, select the AirDrop button. A list of three choices will appear: "Everyone" (Every iPhone in the vicinity will be able to see yours) , "Contacts Only" (Only contacts with Apple IDs will be able to see your iPhone) or "off". If your iPhone's WiFi isn't already turned on, selecting Everyone or Contacts only will switch it on as AirDrop works via a direct WiFi connection between phones.

AirDrop allows you to choose who sees your iPhone

Next, you need something to share. You can share photos, links, or anything upon which the little share icon appears (below).

The new share icon in iOS 7

With that in mind, select the share button by tapping on it. A list of sharing options will appear - chief of which is the AirDrop option, which appears at the top. If you can't see a device listed to send something to, make sure that your contact's AirDrop is turned on, visible to everybody (or contacts) and also ensure the device's screen is turned on and unlocked.

Sending an image with AirDrop

All being well, you will now see a circle with the name of your desired recipient underneath. Tap it, and you're done. If you're receiving, simply press "accept" and the file will be sent.

Receiving an image with AirDrop

And that's it - you've sent a file via AirDrop. For other handy iOS 7 features, take a look at our hints and tips video guide.

16 Oct 2013

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