Why Can’t I Airdrop to My Macbook?

Airdrop is one of the most convenient ways to share files between Apple devices.

It’s fast convenient and effortless.

Unfortunately if you have a Macbook it’s not always easy to airdrop files to it.

This can be confusing so let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you may be having trouble airdroping to your Macbook.

Different Generations of Airdrop

The first reason why you may be having trouble airdroping to your Macbook is that your device may be running a different version of Airdrop than the device you’re trying to send the file to.

Airdrop is available on Apple devices running iOS 7 and later and Macs running OS X Yosemite or later.

If your Macbook is running an older version of OS X than the device you’re trying to send the file to and the other device is running a more recent version of iOS then the two devices won’t be able to communicate with each other.

Compatibility Issues

Another reason why you may be having trouble airdroping to your Macbook is that there may be compatibility issues between the two devices.

Airdrop only works between Apple devices so if the device you’re trying to send the file to isn’t an Apple device then it won’t be able to receive the file.

Additionally if the device you’re sending the file to is an Apple device but isn’t running the same version of iOS or OS X as the device you’re sending the file from then the two devices won’t be able to communicate with each other.

Bluetooth Issues

A third issue that may be causing you trouble when trying to airdrop to your Macbook is that there may be issues with your device’s Bluetooth.

Airdrop uses Bluetooth to send files between devices so if your device’s Bluetooth isn’t working properly then it won’t be able to send or receive files.

Wi-Fi Issues

Finally if your Macbook is having trouble airdropping it may be because of Wi-Fi issues.

If your device isn’t connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the device you’re trying to send the file to then it won’t be able to send or receive the file.

How to Troubleshoot Airdrop Issues

If you’re having trouble airdropping to your Macbook the first thing you should do is make sure that both devices are running the same version of iOS or OS X.

If the devices are running different versions then they won’t be able to communicate with each other.

You should also make sure that the device you’re trying to send the file to is an Apple device.

If it isn’t an Apple device then it won’t be able to receive the file.

Additionally you should make sure that your device’s Bluetooth is enabled and your device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the device you’re trying to send the file to.

If these aren’t the issue then you should try restarting both devices and then trying to airdrop again.

Conclusion

Airdrop is a great way to quickly and easily send files between Apple devices.

Unfortunately if you have a Macbook you may run into issues when trying to airdrop to it.

Hopefully this article has shed some light on why you may be having trouble airdropping to your Macbook and how you can troubleshoot the issue.