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Using AirDrop is the fastest way to transfer files between two Macs, even if they are not on the same network or if there is no Wi-Fi network available to connect to. This is done by creating an instant ad-hoc network between the Macs, and virtually no configuration is required.
For those who have never used or had issues with AirDrop before, here is how to move files between Macs in the easiest way with AirDrop.
- All Macs must be running macOS 10.14, macOS 10.13, Mac OS 10.12, Mac OS X 10.11, 10.10, 10.7+, 10.8, 10.9 or later and have AirDrop support (here’s how to enable AirDrop on older unsupported Macs or via ethernet as well)
- Macs should be within reasonable range of each other, but not necessarily on the same network
- Both Macs need to open the AirDrop window before they are visible to each other – this seems to be the main point of failure for most users who can’t get it to work
Assuming you meet these requirements, you are ready to use AirDrop to copy and transfer files between Macs. Let’s dive in and see how it works.
Using AirDrop to transfer files between Macs
- Open AirDrop on both Macs, you can do this from any Finder window by clicking “AirDrop” in the sidebar or by clicking Command + Shift + R anywhere on the Mac OS X desktop
- Wait a few seconds for the Macs and their user icons to appear in the AirDrop list – all Macs that want to transfer files need to open AirDrop to be visible to each other
- Drag and drop files to the Mac you want to send files to, click ‘Send’ button when asked to confirm
- On the recipient’s Mac, they will be notified of incoming files with the option to accept or decline, click “Save” to start the transfer
- A file transfer progress indicator will appear around the Mac user icon and you can view the progress in the “Downloads” icon of the Dock
When a file transfer is complete, you will hear the familiar sound effect triggered by OS X indicating that the file is complete.
AirDrop files are stored in the ~ / Downloads folder
Where are AirDrop files stored by default? The user’s Downloads folder, ~ / Downloads. All transferred files are stored in the “Downloads” folder of the recipient, which is located in their user home directory, as well as accessible from the Dock for most Mac users. As of now there is no way to change where AirDrop saves files in Mac OS X.
Assuming all Macs are running a compatible version of OS X, the main point of failure in almost every instance of AirDrop troubleshooting is the fact that both users fail to open the AirDrop folder. This is mandatory for both users to see each other on the ad hoc network. Such a simple mistake causes frustration and people think the service isn’t working, but it’s just as easy to fix. I’ve come across several instances of this directly and I’m sure many others have too, check there first. Another important consideration is proximity, so make sure the Macs are fairly close to each other to find each other via AirDrop and exchange between them.
As mentioned before, you can enable AirDrop over ethernet connections and also on unsupported Macs, but they still need to run a modern version of Mac OS system software with AirDrop support, be it slightly older like Mac OS X Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, or newer such as macOS Mojave or Sierra.
For the tinkerers out there, you can also change the AirDrop sound effect from that ‘pop’ sound to something else. That can be a nice way to tweak the experience a bit, and it can be useful for differentiating AirDrop sound on Macs that are often in the same location, office, or desk.
Obviously, this included AirDrop from Mac to Mac, but you can also cross the Apple OS platforms with AirDrop. You can also use AirDrop on iPhone to copy to Mac or vice versa as iOS to Mac OS X AirDrop support is available in newer versions of Mac OS and iOS system software. If you want to learn how to AirDrop from Mac to iPhone or iPad click here, or you can go the other way and learn how to AirDrop from iPhone to Mac (and that method works on iPad to Mac too, of course).
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