[Solved]AirDrop Not Working on Mac Sierra/Mac El Capitan? Fixes Here!

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Myra Updated on Jun 15, 2018 to iOS & Mac Topics | How-to Articles

Applies To: iMac, iMac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro

AirDrop is a built-in function on Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that helps to share files between two AirDrop-supported devices. With AirDrop, you can send photos, videos, contacts, websites, and more from one AirDrop-supported device to another nearby. For example, you can AirDrop contacts from iPhone to iPhone, AirDrop photos from iPhone to Mac or from Mac to iPhone or share locations from iPhone to iPad using AirDrop. Briefly speaking, AirDrop is a helpful feature when it comes to data sharing between iOS device and Mac. However, convenient as it is, many users have reported issues like AirDrop not working in iOS 11 and AirDrop not working on Mac. Since the fixes to the former issue have been detailed already, this article only covers the solutions to the problem AirDrop not working on Mac, no matter it's macOS Sierra or OS X El Capitan. Read on to get the details.

Solutions to AirDrop Not working on Mac Sierra/Mac El Capitan

Solution 1: Share photos (or other files) between iPhone and Mac without AirDrop (FREE)

When it comes to sharing files between iPhone (or iPad) and Mac, using AirDrop is not the only free method. If sending photos, videos, contacts and more from your iPhone to Mac or from Mac to iPhone is your main purpose, you can get things done with EaseUS MobiMover Free, which can be used to transfer files between iPhone/iPad and computer (Mac or PC) or from one iOS device to another.

What can MobiMover transfer or manage for you:

Photos: Camera Roll, Photo Library, Photo Stream, Photo Videos

Videos: Movies, TV shows, Music Videos

Audios: Music, Ringtones, Voice Memos, Audiobooks, Playlists

Others: Contacts, Notes, Messages, Voice Mails, Books, and Safari Bookmarks

Compared with AirDrop, MobiMover enables you to transfer more types of files between iPhone and Mac. In addition, MobiMover also supports the data transfer between iPhone and Windows PC, which is not allowed by AirDrop. Thus, when you find AirDrop not working on your Mac or AirDrop from iPhone to Mac not working, try to transfer files with EaseUS MobiMover Free. Now, follow the steps below to learn how to send photos from iPhone to Mac without using AirDrop.

Notes: MobiMover is compatible with PC running Windows 7 and later or Mac running macOS 10.12 (Sierra), 10.13 (High Sierra), Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks) and 10.11 (El Capitan).

Step 1: Click the button below to safely download and install EaseUS MobiMover Free on your Mac.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your Mac running OS X 10.7 and later with a USB cable, open EaseUS MobiMover Free, and choose iDevice to Mac. (You can also use the custom feature to transfer photos from your iPhone to Mac by clicking [your device name] > Picture > Photo/Album.)

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iTunes - Step 1

Step 2: Select the category/categories you want to copy from your iPhone to Mac. Other than photos, you can also transfer videos, audio, contacts, messages, and more.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iTunes - Step 2

Step 3: Click the folder icon to choose a location for the images to be imported, then click the Transfer button to transfer photos from your iPhone to Mac without iTunes.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iTunes - Step 3

Step 4: Depending on the size of the files, it may take seconds or a while to import photos from iPhone to Mac. When it has done, you can view the transferred items in the folder you just selected.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iTunes - Step 4

Notice
With AirDrop, you can not share files like music. If you want to transfer music from Mac to iPhone, you are highly recommended to use EaseUS MobiMover Free, which will bring you lots of conveniences when it comes to iOS data transfer and file management.

Solution 2: Turn on and use AirDrop on Mac correctly

To use AirDrop, you need to go to Finder > Go > AirDrop and switch on BOTH Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to turn on AirDrop. As you may know, both Bluetooth connection and Wi-Fi connection are necessary to use AirDrop. Thus, when your find AirDrop not working on your Mac, you should also check Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on your device.

Solution 3: Check your AirDrop settings

After turning on AirDrop, you need to set the option Allow me to be discovered by as Contacts Only or Everyone. If you want to share files between your Mac and a new device, you should choose Everyone to make your device discoverable.

Solution 4: Turn off Block all incoming communications on Mac

If you have turned on Block all incoming communications in Firewall on your Mac, you will fail to use AirDrop on your Mac to share files, which may be the very reason why AirDrop is not working on your Mac Sierra or Mac El Capitan. Follow the steps below to check whether you have turned on the option and turn it off if it’s on.

Step 1: Click Apple Menu > System Preferences > Security & Privacy.

Step 2: Go to Firewall and tap Firewall Options.

Step 3: Make sure the checkbox next to Block all incoming communications is not selected.