How to AirDrop from iPhone to iPad

AirDrop is a quick, efficient way to share content across Apple devices. It uses Bluetooth to create a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi network, allowing you to transfer files without using mail or a mass storage device. Whether you’re sharing photos, documents, websites, or more, AirDrop simplifies the process. This guide takes you through the step-by-step how to AirDrop from an iPhone to an iPad, ensuring a smooth file-sharing experience.

Requirements for AirDrop

Before diving into the steps, ensure your devices meet these criteria:

  • iOS and iPadOS: AirDrop requires iOS 7 or later for iPhone and iPadOS for iPad.
  • Device Proximity: Both devices must be within Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range (approximately 30 feet).
  • Settings: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth need to be turned on, but you don’t need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network.
  • AirDrop Receiving: The receiving iPad must have AirDrop turned on and set to receive from Contacts Only or Everyone.

AirDrop from iPhone to iPad

1. Enable AirDrop on the iPad

  • Open the Control Center: Swipe down from the top-right corner on iPad.
  • Press and hold the network settings card in the top-left corner to expand it.
  • Tap AirDrop, then choose Contacts Only or Everyone. This dictates who can send files to you.

2. Prepare the iPhone for Sending

  • Ensure Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are enabled.
  • Access the file, photo, website, or content you wish to share.
  • Tap the share icon (a box with an upward arrow).

3. Start the AirDrop Process

  • From the share sheet on your iPhone, you’ll see an AirDrop section with nearby devices.
  • Tap the iPad’s name where you want to send the file.

4. Accept the AirDrop on the iPad

  • A prompt will appear on the iPad asking if you want to Accept or Decline the incoming file.
  • Tap Accept to receive the file. If sent by someone in your Contacts, it may transfer automatically.

Tips for a Smooth AirDrop Experience

To ensure a smooth AirDrop experience, keep your devices visible to each other by setting the correct visibility in AirDrop’s settings. Also, keep the devices within close proximity to maintain a strong connection. Regularly updating the software on both your iOS and iPadOS devices can also help in avoiding compatibility issues.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

If you encounter issues with AirDrop, such as it not working, no devices found, or failed transfers, here are a few steps to try:

  • Verify that both devices have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled and are within range of each other.
  • Check that the receiving device’s AirDrop settings are set to receive from Everyone or Contacts Only, and ensure that the device is awake and unlocked.
  • If problems persist, try restarting both devices and check for any available software updates.


Using AirDrop to transfer files between an iPhone and an iPad can greatly enhance your productivity by simplifying the file-sharing process. By following the steps outlined in this guide and addressing common issues as they arise, you can make the most of AirDrop’s capabilities.

Happy sharing!