AirDrop is one of the most convenient things for Mac users to transfer files across Apple devices. But if you are experiencing issues with your Macbook when trying to receive files from other devices, then it can be really frustrating.
If you are dealing with the same issue, then you have landed at the right place. Here, I have compiled a list of working tips and solutions to resolve the issue.
Fix Macbook Not Showing on AirDrop
If your MacBook or any other Mac computer is not showing up on AirDrop, try considering the following tips and workarounds to resolve the issue.
1. Make Sure the Sending Device is not Faulty
To land on any conclusion, the first thing that you should make sure is to check if the device you are trying to receive the files from is causing the issue. To ensure this, try sending something from any other Apple device to your Macbook and see if your Macbook is showing on Airdrop on the other Apple device.
If this is so, then your MacBook is completely free from AirDrop issues and the sender device is needed to be treated with solutions. However if the issue still persists upon sending the file from another Apple device, then continue reading this fixing guide and apply the solutions.
2. Enable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
AirDrop uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to send and receive files. Hence it is really important to make sure that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are enabled on your Mac PC. The same also applies to the sender’s Apple device as well.
To check for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your Mac, follow the below steps:
1. Open up the System Settings on your Mac. You can open it from the Apple Menu at the top-left of the screen.
2. In the System Settings window, switch to the Wi-Fi tab from the left pane and toggle on the switch for Wi-Fi.
3. Similarly, switch to the Bluetooth tab from the left pane and toggle on the switch for the same.
3. Re-enable AirDrop & Check the Discoverability
The first workaround and tip is to check if AirDrop is enabled on your Mac. If it is already enabled, then try disabling it and then re-enabling it back again. Alongside this, also make sure that the AirDrop discoverability is set to Everyone.
Follow the below steps to do the aforementioned process:
1. In the Menu bar of your Mac, click on the Control Center icon on the right side.
2. In the Control Center, click on the Airdrop option.
3. Here, toggle off the switch for the AirDrop option and then switch it back on.
4. Lastly, make sure to click on the Everyone option to make your Mac available for every other Apple device nearby you.
4. Make Sure the Devices are Close Enough
The AirDrop feature doesn’t rely on an internet connection. Instead, it uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for connectivity and hence it is really important for the devices to be close to each other.
So, if your devices are far apart then please consider placing the devices close to each other. As per Apple, AirDrop works best under within 30 feet of distance between the sending and receiving devices.
5. Check the Compatibility
Even though the AirDrop feature is fairly old now, it is still possible that your specific Apple device is not compatible with it. To be specific, all the Mac models releases in 2012 or later support AirDrop with the exception of the 2012 Mac Pro. On top of that, your Mac must be running OS X Yosemite (macOS 10.10.5) or later.
To check your macOS version, click on the Apple Menu in the top-left of the screen and go to About This Mac.
Mac computers are not the only ones that support AirDrop. iOS devices like iPhones, iPads, and iPods are also needed to have support for AirDrop if you are using it for transferring files to your Mac. Your iOS device must have iOS 7 or later to use AirDrop optimally.
You can go to Settings > General > Software Update to check your current iOS version and available iOS update for your device.
6. Disable Focus Mode
If your Mac has Focus Mode enabled then it can hinder the AirDrop connectivity. Hence you are advised to turn off Focus Mode. You can follow the below steps to do so:
1. Open the Control Center of your Mac and click on the Focus tile (which should be labeled with the Focus Mode that is currently active e.g. Do Not Disturb).
2. Click on the active Focus to turn it off.
7. Allow Incoming Connections On Mac
If you have disabled incoming connections on your Mac then it will also block the AirDrop connection. To check and allow the incoming connections on your Mac PC, you’ll have to change your Firewall settings. Here’s how it’s done.
1. Open the Mac System Settings by going to the Apple Menu at the top-left of the screen.
2. Switch to the Network tab from the left pane and select the Firewall option from the right.
3. Click on the Options button to open and change the Firewall configuration.
4. Finally, switch off the toggle of the option “Block all incoming connections.”
8. Restart your Mac
Restarting the device is one of the best and simplest ways that works most of the time for even very serious issues. Restarting the device makes its operating system and all of its background process refresh, eliminating all the possibilities of glitched and bugs.
And hence you should also consider restarting both of your devices if your Mac is not showing in AirDrop. To restart your Mac, click on the Apple Menu and select the Restart option.
9. Check for Updates
An outdated macOS version can also cause such temporary issues. Hence it is always good to keep your system up to date with the latest available software.
To check for updates on Mac:
1. Open the System Settings from the Apple Menu.
2. In the System Settings window, click on the General tab from the left and then go to the Software Update option.
3. Let your Mac check for available updates and if there is any update available then install it and then check if the issue is fixed.
10. Restart Mac’s Bluetooth
Bluetooth is one of the key components of AirDrop and issues with this component can cause the AirDrop to not work properly. Hence is advised to reset your Mac’s Bluetooth. You can follow the below steps to do so:
1. Open the Terminal on your Mac. You can either search it in the Spotlight (Command + Spacebar) or go to Applications > Utilities in the Finder.
2. In the Terminal window, execute the following command:
sudo pkill bluetoothd
3. After executing the above command, you’ll be asked to enter your Mac’s password. Enter it and once the command is executed, restart your Mac.