Fix for AirDrop unable to send issue on latest iOS

Can’t send photos, videos and files via AirDrop on the latest iOS and / or on the latest iPhone 13 (or other iPhone models)? Find out the possible fixes below.

  • This article shares fixing methods for AirDrop unable to send issue.
  • While this article is mentioning iOS and iPhone, the same fixing methods are also applicable to iPod Touch, iPad and iPadOS.
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Here are the available AirDrop “unable to send” fixes

On the fixes provided, it’s highly recommended that you go by the sequence written here and only proceed to the next sequence if you still can’t send via AirDrop.


Fix 1: Ensure sender iPhone has both WiFi and Bluetooth turned on

On sender iPhone:

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Turn on both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when sending files via AirDrop

a) Go to Settings > Wi-Fi. Toggle the Wi-Fi to On.

b) Go to Settings > Bluetooth. Toggle the Bluetooth to On.

Then from sender iPhone, retry sending the photos, videos or files via AirDrop to see if now you can send them through AirDrop.


Fix 2: Ensure the recipient iPhone has WiFi and Bluetooth turned on too

On recipient iPhone:

a) Go to Settings > Wi-Fi. Toggle the Wi-Fi to On.

b) Go to Settings > Bluetooth. Toggle the Bluetooth to On.

Once you have turned on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on Recipient iPhone, then from sender iPhone, retry sending the photos, videos or files via AirDrop to see if now you can send them through AirDrop.


Fix 3: Ensure the receipient iPhone has AirDrop turn on and set to Allow Anyone

On recipient iPhone:

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Tap on “Everyone” to enable receiving AirDrop from anyone nearby.

a) Go to Settings > General > AirDrop.

b) Tap on “Everyone” to enable AirDrop to everyone. On this troubleshoot, it’s highly recommended to set enable AirDrop to everyone instead of Contacts Only.

Once you have done that, then from sender iPhone, retry sending the photos, videos or files via AirDrop to see if now you can send them through AirDrop.


Fix 4: Restart both sender iPhone and recipient iPhone

If you still unable to do AirDrop send, before proceeding to next steps, it’s good to have both sender and recipient iPhone restarted.

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Once both iPhone have been restarted, then from sender iPhone, retry sending the photos, videos or files via AirDrop to see if now you can send them through AirDrop.


Fix 5: Sign out sender iPhone Apple ID and Sign back in

In case all the previous fixes are not working for you, you may want to consider signing out your Apple ID on sender iPhone and re-sign back in.

Sign Out from Apple ID

On sender iPhone:

a) Go to Settings, tap your Account (located on top and typically shows your name).

b) Inside Apple ID page, scroll all the way down until you find “Sign Out” button. Tap on “Sign Out” button.

c) When prompted, key in your Apple ID Password and tap Turn Off, then follow the subsequent instructions and finally tap “Sign Out”. When prompted, tap “Sign Out” again to confirm signing out from Apple ID / iCloud.

d) Once signed off, then tap “Sign In” to relogin.

e) When prompted, key in your Apple ID and password.

Once you have signed out and signed back in, then from sender iPhone, retry sending the photos, videos or files via AirDrop to see if now you can send them through AirDrop.


Fix 6: Sign out recipient iPhone Apple ID and Sign back in

In case signing off and signing back in Apple ID on sender iPhone is still not working for you, try to do the same for the recipient iPhone: signing out Apple ID and re-sign back in.

On recipient iPhone:

a) Go to Settings, tap your Account (located on top and typically shows your name).

b) Inside Apple ID page, scroll all the way down until you find “Sign Out” button. Tap on “Sign Out” button.

c) When prompted, key in your Apple ID Password and tap Turn Off, then follow the subsequent instructions and finally tap “Sign Out”. When prompted, tap “Sign Out” again to confirm signing out from Apple ID / iCloud.

d) Once signed off, then tap “Sign In” to relogin.

e) When prompted, key in your Apple ID and password.

Then from sender iPhone, retry sending the photos, videos or files via AirDrop to see if now you can send them through AirDrop.


Fix 7: Update your iOS to the latest

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Updating to latest iOS could solve your AirDrop “unable to send” issue.

If after signing out and signing back in, you are still unable to send photos, videos and files via AirDrop, it could be your current version of iOS have some issues with AirDrop. In that case, consider updating your iPhone to the latest iOS.

a) Go to Settings > General > Software Update.

b) Tap on “Update and Install” if you see any iOS updates.

After updating, then from sender iPhone, retry sending the photos, videos or files via AirDrop to see if now you can send them through AirDrop.


Last Resort

Don’t fret. If you still unable to send photos, videos and files via AirDrop after running through all the fixes above, you can try this method as the last resort, transferring via SendAnywhere. I have written a detail steps on another article, do check out the full detail here: Transfer files between phones and other devices easily via SendAnywhere at JILAXZONE.



Bring it all together

So after all the fixing methods shared above, let me know if you are still having issue using the AirDrop to send on the comment section down below. Let me know your iPhone model as well as the iOS you are using, I’ll try my best to assist and help.

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Turn off AirDrop after using, so that you avoid the risk of getting bullied, harassed or exploited.

In case you have successfully fixed your AirDrop unable to send issue and have finally managed to send photos, videos or files via AirDrop to the recipient iPhone, don’t forget to turn off AirDrop on the recipient iPhone after use, otherwise you may get bullied, harassed or exploited. Read this for more info: Switch AirDrop off after usage or else risk getting annoying, bullying, sexually harassed messages & possible exploits on your iOS devices at JILAXZONE.


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