How to Transfer Files from Mac to iPhone/iPad using AirDrop

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Myra Updated on Sep 27, 2019 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Applies To: iPhone 11 Pro Max/11 Pro/11, iPhone XS/XS Max/XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6/6s

PAGE CONTENT:
How to use AirDrop to send files from Mac to iPhone/iPad
How to transfer files from Mac to iPhone/iPad with MobiMover for free
How to transfer files from Mac to iPhone/iPad with iTunes

Transferring files between Mac and your iOS devices is quite necessary either because of data backup or data sharing. When it comes to transferring files from Mac to your iPhone or iPad, one built-in feature on Mac, iPhone and iPad you can use to help you is AirDrop.

With AirDrop on, you can transfer files including photos, videos, contacts, websites and more between two AirDrop-supported devices. "How to transfer files from Mac to iPhone/iPad using AirDrop" which is detailed in this article is a useful skill you need to learn. In addition, two more FREE methods are provided if you don't want to import files from Mac to iPhone/iPad using AirDrop. Read on to get the details.

Part 1: How to transfer files from Mac to iPhone/iPad using AirDrop

To use AirDrop on your Mac and iPhone/iPad, you need to make sure both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth work properly on your devices and then follow the steps below use AirDrop to send content from Mac to iPhone or iPad.

Step 1: Turn on AirDrop on iPhone/iPad.

  • Swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone screen to open Control Center. (If you are using an iPhone X, swipe down from the upper-right corner of your iPhone screen to open Control Center.)
  • Tap on AirDrop and set your iPhone to be discovered by Contacts Only (only the person in your contact list can see your iPhone) or Everyone (any iOS devices or Macs using AirDrop can see your iPhone).

Step 2: Turn on AirDrop on Mac.

  • Go to Finder > Go > AirDrop and switch on Bluetooth and WiFi to turn on AirDrop on your Mac.
  • Set the option Allow to be discovered by as Everyone or Contacts Only.

Step 3: Use AirDrop to share files between Mac and iPhone/iPad.

Once your Mac and iPhone/iPad are connected. You can send files from Mac to iPhone/iPad using AirDrop freely. There are two ways to transfer files from Mac to your iPhone with AirDrop. (Here transferring photos from Mac to iPhone/iPad is set as an example.)

  • Drag the photos you want to send from Mac to iPhone to the image of the recipient and click Send.
  • Or you can click the Share button in an App, choose AirDrop, choose the recipient and then click Done.

AirDrop not working on your devices? Learn how to fix it with the solutions provided.

How to transfer files from Mac to iPhone/iPad using AirDrop

Part 2: How to transfer files from Mac to iPhone/iPad without AirDrop

Tip 1: Transfer files from Mac to iPhone/iPad without iTunes using MobiMover

However, the file types you can transfer using AirDrop is quite limited. If you want to transfer music, ringtones, messages, all contacts, and more files from between your Mac and iPhone/iPad, AirDrop can't help you at all. That's why I recommend EaseUS MobiMover Free, the FREE tool for iOS data transfer, for you here.

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

With MobiMover installed on your Mac (also compatible with PC running Windows 7 or later), you can share files between Mac and iOS devices (iPhone/iPad in iOS 8 or later) or between iOS devices. For example, you can transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone, back up iPhone text messages to computer or transfer files from Mac to iPhone/iPad like in this case. Follow the steps below to learn how to copy files from Mac to iPhone/iPad without iTunes/AirDrop within minutes. (The steps below show you how to copy data from Mac to iPhone. The same method can be applied to transfer content from Mac to iPad.)

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to Mac computer with a USB cable and tap "Trust This Computer" on your device if you are asked.

Run EaseUS MobiMover and choose "Mac to iDevice" to transfer data from Mac to iPhone.

how to transfer data from Mac to iPhone - step 1

Step 2: Click "Add File" or "Add Folder" to select the files or folder that you want to transfer from Mac to your iPhone.

Or you can directly drag files from your Mac computer to the "Drag & Drop" area and transfer to your iDevice.

how to transfer data from Mac to iPhone - step 2

Step 3: Click the "Edit" button to check or uncheck files that you want to or don't want to transfer.

how to transfer data from Mac to iPhone - step 3

Click "OK" to confirm and click the "Transfer" button to start the transferring process.

Confirm to transfer files from Mac to iPhone.

Step 4: MobiMover Free will transfer files from Mac to iPhone or iPad at a fast speed.

When the process finishes, you can go to the corresponding applications on your iOS device to check the contents, such as pictures in Photos, movies in Videos, bookmarks in Safari, etc.

how to transfer data from Mac to iPhone - step 4

In addition to being an iOS data transfer tool, MobiMover can also serve as a free iPhone content manager to help you delete/edit the existing files on your iPhone or add new items to your device. Don't hesitate to install EaseUS MobiMover Free on your computer and make it your good helper.

Tip 2: Send content from Mac to iPhone/iPad with iTunes

If you don't mind the data loss it will cause will using iTunes, you can also transfer files from Mac to iPhone/iPad with iTunes. Update iTunes to the latest version on your Mac and then learn how to sync files (for example, music) from Mac to iPhone/iPad using iTunes.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone/iPad to your Mac and run iTunes if it doesn't open automatically.

Step 2: Click the Device tab in iTunes and then choose music.

Step 3: Click the checkbox next to Sync Music and select the items you want to transfer from Mac to your iPhone/iPad.

Step 4: Click Sync to start to transfer files from Mac to your iPhone/iPad with iTunes.

How to transfer files from Mac to iPhone/iPad with iTunes