AirDrop Not Working on iOS 11 iPhone/iPad - How to Fix?

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Alisa Updated on Mar 06, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Updating to the new version of the iOS system, like iOS 11, may lead to some problems when you're using the iOS devices. Recently, iPhone users have found some flaws in the iOS 11. Many iPhone users have complained about AirDrop not working on iOS 11 between iPhone, iPad. Here's what they say.

"I can't airdrop photos after updating to iOS 11 on my iPhone 6 plus."

"My new bought iPhone 7 failed to AirDrop to my Mac."
-iPhone users reported

If you have encountered the same issue of iPhone AirDrop not working, you can read Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone to learn how to fix this problem.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Part 1. About AirDrop Compatibility; Requirements; Settings...Full steps
Part 2. Fixes for AirDrop Not Working Make sure Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are enabled...Full steps
Part 3. Transfer Data Without AirDrop Transfer data between two iOS devices or an iOS device and a computer without AirDrop...Full steps

About AirDrop

Before blaming AirDrop not working on the update of iOS 11, there's something you should know about AirDrop:

1. Compatibility: AirDrop is actually not working in any iDevices of any iOS system. You need to check if your devices are compatible with using AirDrop. So AirDrop is only supported by devices like iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPad mini and later, and iPod touch 5th generation. iOS 7 and Mac OS X lion (10.7) or later is also required.

2. Check if the app you're using supports AirDrop. Tap on the Share button and check whether there is an AirDrop option or not.

3. Check whether or not AirDrop option is turned on in sending and receiving devices.

4. The distance between the two devices should not be too wide(less than 30 feet, about 9 meters).

If you have all the above checked up, and AirDrop is still not working on iPhone or iPad, then you can check the following solutions.

How to Fix AirDrop Not Working in iOS 11 on iPhone/iPad/Mac

1. Turn On Wi-Fi and Bluetooth - AirDrop will only work when there's Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connected into the devices. So you need to check if the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are turned on.

2. Log out and then log in iCloud - Go to Settings > iCloud, log out the iCloud account and then log in again.

3. Reset Networks - Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

4. Reboot your device - It is hard to say why sometimes many issues would be solved just by rebooting the devices.

5. Check for the new update - If the issue is really caused by iOS update, then the solution might have been arranged in the next version.

If AirDrop not working on iPhone in iOS 11 after doing all the above, you can find some alternatives to AirDrop and share photos, music, contacts between iOS devices and Mac.

How to Transfer Data Between iPhone/iPad/PC with EaseUS MobiMover Free

One of the best alternatives to AirDrop should be EaseUS MobiMover Free, also a free alternative to iTunes. It is a free iPhone transfer software that can sync data between multiple iOS devices, PC, and Mac. Support transferring photos, music, videos, apps, contacts, voice memo, etc. from iPhone to PC, iPhone to iPhone, iPhone to iPad, and verse visa.

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Now let's take transferring photos from iPhone to iPhone as an example to see how EaseUS MobiMover Free works in iPhone transfer.

Step 1. Connect both your old iPhone and new iPhone to your computer. Run EaseUS MobiMover, and choose "Phone to Phone" from the main interface. Then, set your old iPhone as the source device and the new iPhone target device and click the "Next" button to continue.

How to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone - Step 1

Step 2 Then check the files you'd like to copy. Other than photos, you can also choose to transfer music, ringtones, videos, contacts, and more from your old iPhone to the new one.

How to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone - Step 2

Step 3. Click the "Transfer" button to start importing photos from iPhone to iPhone. The time it will take depending on the size of the files. Wait for the process to complete. After that, go to the "Photos" app on your new iPhone and check the newly copied photos.

How to transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone - Step 3

Now you have successfully transferred data between iDevices. With MobiMover, you can transfer music, video, contacts, iBooks from and back to iOS devices and PC. If you give it a try, you will find how convenient it can be to do things like transferring music from iPhone to iPhone.