AirDrop - What is it? How do you use it?

Airdrop will let you share files with nearby users. It’s just about as easy as it gets.
Simply click on the parachute in finder to see who else is around that has the airdrop capability.
Then drag and drop your file onto their icon in order to share a file with them.

OS X and iOS use different AirDrop protocols and are currently not interoperable. AirDrop in OS X operates over Wi-Fi, whereas the iOS implementation utilizes both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

On OS X, AirDrop is available through a special folder in Finder, and as of OS X 10.8.1 can be accessed through the menu option Go > AirDrop or by pressing Shift+ Cmd+R. The feature can be accessed on iOS through the Control Center introduced in iOS 7.

AirDrop on an iPhone

AirDrop is not officially supported on older devices (iPhone 4S and below) because of hardware limitations, and can only be used on these models or newer:

Running iOS 7 or newer:

Running Mac OS X Lion (10.7) or newer:

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AirDrop on Mac OS X (Laptop)