There are many applications that can help you transfer data over the air between different devices. You may have heard about such apps on a tech show on your Spectrum cable or read about them online. Such apps help you transfer data between your iPhone and Macbook with such apps. However, for this to happen, you will need a stable internet connection. Even if you’re on airplane mode, keep your Wi-Fi connection active to use such services.  The benefit of using an OTA app for data transfer is that the speeds are quite high. Furthermore, you can transfer data even if you are traveling.

AirDrop is an application that helps to transfer and share data between different Apple products. You can easily use the app to send multimedia or PDF files or more from your iPhone to your MacBook. However, at times, the app may not allow you to do so. Understandably, such times are depressing and trying. In such a case, you will need to adjust certain settings so that AirDrop can function smoothly. Read about them in this blog.

Check Apps Settings

The first step is to make sure that the settings of AirDrop are properly configured. You will need to check them on both devices. First of all, open the “settings” app on your iPhone and go to “general”. Then, tap on AirDrop and make it discoverable for everyone by selecting the “everyone” option. After this, open the “finder”  from the quick launch bar on your MacBook. Now, AirDrop will be visible in the “favorites” section in the sidebar. Select the “allow me to be discovered” option so that your MacBook can be easily discovered by your iPhone.

Restart Devices

Once you have made sure that the “settings” are properly configured but AirDrop is still not properly functioning, restart both the devices. This may help to remove the temporary bugs preventing the application from working effectively. If one of the devices has a frozen screen and is inoperable due to an error, you can use the “force start” command to restart it. Otherwise, just restart the devices the normal way. Even for desktop PCs, when they run into an issue, a simple restart can help to resolve bugs.

Apart from this, it is important to keep an eye on updates for your iPhone or MacBook. The purpose of these apps is to improve the device support for old and new apps. Furthermore, these updates also come with cybersecurity propositions that will keep you safe.

Check firewall

You may be trying to transfer files between your iPhone and Mac. However, your MacBook firewall may prevent the transfer from happening. To resolve this issue. open the “system preferences” on your MacBook. Then, click on the “security and privacy” option and select the “firewall” tab. Here, you must make sure that incoming connections are allowed on the device. After this tab, click on the lock present at the bottom to save the changes. You will need to provide your Mac passcode to confirm the decision. The purpose of a firewall is to keep an eye on the network traffic, email address, and data exchanges while a user is connected to the website. Therefore, it blocks certain risky apps to ensure user safety on the web.

Correct Auto-lock Settings

AirDrop will not be able to transfer large files at times. This happens because large file transfers take much more time and your phone may enter sleep mode. If this happens you will need to start the transfer from the very beginning. To fix this, you will need to adjust the auto-lock setting of your phone. Go to “settings” followed by “display and brightness”. Here, set the auto-lock timer to the “never” option so that the phone doesn’t sleep during the transfer of a large file. You can even compress files by using good compressing software.

Check PiHole Configuration

The above fixes must generally resolve all your problems. However, sometimes, the problems may persist. This happens due to network-level advertisement and Internet Tracking apps such as PiHole. Just whitelist ocsp.apple.com so that you can transfer files easily. Note that the purpose of PiHole is not to block apps from working on your devices. Its primary function is to block internet-tracker apps. It is only as a part of its security offerings that it blocks certain apps.

This was all about the best ways to fix your AirDrop app so that you can easily transfer data between an iPhone and a MacBook. This is a pretty useful app for both professionals and non-professionals alike. The process is quite simple and you can easily do it. You can also seek help from Apple forums in this regard. Make sure to keep your phone update so that it can comply with the latest version of AirDrop.

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