How to Turn on AirDrop on iPhone 8/8 Plus/X in iOS 11

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Cedric Grantham Updated on Jun 05, 2018 to iOS & Mac Topics | How-to Articles

The Control Center has changed a lot in iOS 11 with tons of new features, and users can customize Control Center with apps adding & deleting flexible, enable Low Power Mode, and enable Cellular Data freely. However, many users are confused on where is the AirDrop in iOS 11 as it can't be found in Control Center, let alone how to turn on and use AirDrop in iOS 11 on iPhone 6/7/8/ 8 Plus/X. If you are still stuck on this problem, read this post to find answers.

How to turn on AirDrop in iOS 11 on iPhone 6/7/8/8 Plus/X

There are two ways to turn on AirDrop in iOS 11 devices. You can access and turn it on in Control Center and Settings.

Turn on AirDrop in iOS 11 Control Center

1. Unlock your iPhone > swipe up on the Home screen to open Control Center.

2. Press and hold the section framed in the red box in the sample image below to launch the control center with AirDrop.

3. Tap "AirDrop" and you will see a pop up to set the AirDrop receiving option with "Receiving Off, Contacts Only or Everyone". Choose one based on your own needs.

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Turn on AirDrop in iOS 11 Settings

1. Unlock your iPhone > go to "Settings" > "AirDrop" > choose one receiving option from "Receiving Off, Contacts Only or Everyone".

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How to use AirDrop in iOS 11 to share data on iPhone 6/7/8/8 Plus/X

AirDrop lets you share instantly with people nearby. You can be discoverable in AirDrop to receive from everyone or only people in your contacts. You can use AirDrop to share photos, videos and music from your iPhone to other people's device on iPhone 6, 6S, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X or on Mac.

1. Turn on Bluetooth and WLAN on your iPhone.

2. Keep the two devices within 30 feet to be discovered.

3. Open your "Photos" app > open the files in any albums, such as "Camera Roll", "Videos" or "Live Photos" > tap "Select" button in the top right corner to choose the files you want to share.

4. Tap the "Share" button in the lower left corner, and choose the AirDrop users you want to transfer files to.

5. Wait for the people tap "Accept" on his device to receive the AirDrop files.

The guides for AirDrop photos/music from iPhone to Mac are the same as these of AirDrop data between two iOS devices, read the specific info if you need. 

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Notice
If you have hundreds or even thousands of photos, videos or other media files to be synced between two iOS devices, AirDrop maybe not so time-efficient. What's more, AirDrop can't be used to transfer other iOS files, such as contacts, message, calendars, notes, Safari bookmarks, ringtones, and eBooks. If you really have these demands, read on and use EaseUS MobiMover Free to help you to sync all the files between two iOS devices. 

How to use MobiMover Free to transfer data between two iOS devices

EaseUS MobiMover Free is the best AirDrop alternative for its great compatibility for various iOS data types, easy-to-use feature for even iPhone newbies and 100% cost-free highlight in the market. Users are able to use MobioMover Free to transfer files from iPhone to iPhone with only one-click. And the supportable files are contacts, notes, books, Safari bookmarks, photos, movies, videos, TV shows, music, ringtones, and audiobooks. 

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Step 1: Connect your two iOS devices to your Mac with compatible USB cables and tap on Trust This Computer on the devices to continue. Run EaseUS MobiMover Free, and choose iDevice to iDevice mode on the main screen.  

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Step 2: MobiMover enables you to transfer files from iPhone to iPhone, iPhone to iPad, iPad to iPad, and iPad to iPhone. The supported files are contacts, messages, photos, audios, videos, books, notes, and more as the screenshot displays below.

Note: You can click the drop-down arrow beside the iOS device to exchange the source/target device directly.

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Step 3: Now, click Transfer to begin to sync data from one iOS device to another with MobiMover for free. Please don't break off the USB connection before the process finishes. After that, go to the related apps to check synced files.

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