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How to Set up Airdrop on iPad

At the beginning, AirDrop came with OS X Lion, which allows Mac users to transfer contents to others. However, as iOS 7 was released, AirDrop is added to it to allow users to share data with other iOS users nearby. Without connecting two devices or connecting them to computer, iPad files can be transferred directly and simply using AirDrop.

When to Use AirDrop on iPad

AirDrop has some limitation in using:
About Operating System: iOS 7 or later or Mac with OS X Yosemite
About Devices: iPhone 5 or later, the 4th generation of iPad or later, iPad Mini, iPod Touch 5th gen or later
About Network: To turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth is necessary.
About Data Type: photos, videos, contacts, music, location, apps, notes, web urls, voice memos, etc.

How to Enable AirDrop on iPad

Scroll up from the bottom of your iPad Air/Mini for Control Center. Then, tap "AirDrop". There are three choices shown on the screen:
Enable AirDrop on iPad

Off: Tap it to turn off AirDrop on your iPad but this feature is still on Control Center.
Contacts Only: When you choose to share contents with AirDrop, it merely presents person in contacts to you.
Everyone: All iOS users around you with AirDrop turned on, can be viewed on your iPad.
Just tap "Contacts Only" and "Everyone" to turn on your iPad AirDrop so that you can share your desired files with others.

How to Disable AirDrop on iPad

1.Turn off AirDrop on Control Center
Tap "Off" after selecting "AirDrop" on Control Center.

Turn off AirDrop

2.Remove AirDrop from Control Center

Move to "Settings" > "General" > "Restrictions" to tap "Enable Restriction".


Enable Restriction

It will ask you to set passcode to move to the next step so enter password twice.

Set Passcode for Restriction

Then, all features below could be obvious. Tap the ON/OFF switch next to "AirDrop" to restrict it.

Restrict AirDrop

Come back to Control center. You will notice that AirDrop would fade away.

AirDrop out of Control Center

Notes: In order to let AirDrop appear in Control Center, tap "Settings" > "General" > "Restrictions" > "AirDrop" to turn it on.

AirDrop is contributed to transferring iPad data to another one around you. Convenient as it is, it isn’t available in transferring if two devices are far apart or transferring from iPad to computer, while iTunes or iPhone Transfer works for this.



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