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How to Transfer Files from Mac to iPhone X/iPhone 8 Easily and Quickly


Updated on Jan 11, 2021 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

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As you may know, there is a built-in feature in Apple products including Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that enables you to share photos, videos, websites, locations, and more between two devices. The feature referred here is AirDrop, with which you can not only send photos from iPhone to iPhone but also transfer files from Mac to iPhone/iPad if you need. Since the method to AirDrop files between iPhones has been introduced already, this article is written to provide the way to transfer files from Mac to iPhone, no matter it's new iPhone X/iPhone 8 or earlier iPhone 7/iPhone 6, with AirDrop. Besides, another reliable and easy way to transfer files from Mac to new iPhone X or iPhone 8 is to use EaseUS MobiMover Free, when you don't want use AirDrop or AirDrop is not working. Read on to get the details.

Part 1: How to transfer files from Mac to iPhone X/iPhone 8 with AirDrop

It's no doubt that both your Mac and iPhone are AirDrop-supported devices. What you need to pay attention to here is that AirDrop requires WiFi and Bluetooth to work, thus you need to make sure there is nothing wrong with these connections. For example, if you get the "Bluetooth not working" issue on your iPhone or Mac, you can not use AirDrop to send files from Mac to iPhone successfully. If both features on your devices work properly, follow the steps below to transfer files from Mac to your iPhone X/8/7/6 quickly.

Step 1: Switch on AirDrop on your Mac.

  • Go to Finder > Go > AirDrop and then turn on Bluetooth and WiFi. After that, AirDrop will be switched on automatically.
  • Set the option Allow to be discovered by in the AirDrop window as Everyone or Contacts Only.

Step 2: Turn on AirDrop on your iPhone. (Don't forget to switch on Bluetooth and WiFi at the same time.)

  • In iOS 10 and earlier: Swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone screen to open Control Center and then click the AirDrop icon to switch on AirDrop.
  • In iOS 11: On iPhone 8/8 Plus, swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open Control Center. (On iPhone X, swipe down from the top right corner of your iPhone screen to open Control Center.) Press deeply on the module where Airplane Mode locates in, tap on AirDrop and set your iPhone to be discovered by Contacts Only or Everyone.

Step 3: Transfer files from Mac to iPhone freely. Here sending photos from Mac to iPhone 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.

With the simple there steps above, you can easily transfer files from Mac to your iPhone without iTunes to avoid data syncing. However, if you can't use AirDrop on your device to share files, learn how to fix the issue when AirDrop is not working.

How to transfer files from Mac to iPhone X/iPhone 8

Part 2: How to transfer files from Mac to iPhone X/iPhone 8 with MobiMover Free

EaseUS MobiMover Free is an iOS data transfer tool that can meet your data transfer need perfectly, which means you can use MobiMover Free to add content from Mac to iPhone, transfer files from iPhone to Mac or migrate data between two different devices on Mac. With MobiMover installed on your Mac running OS 10.12 (Sierra), 10.13 (High Sierra), OS X 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), or 10.11 (El Capitan), you can transfer photos, videos, audios, contacts, messages, notes, and more from Mac to new iPhone X/8 without any cost or limitation. Follow the steps below to have a try.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac, and click "Trust" when a prompt appears on your iPhone asking you whether to trust this computer > Run EaseUS MobiMover and choose "Mac to Phone" to move data from Mac to iPhone > Click on the "Select Files" to move on.

how to transfer data from Mac to iPad - step 1

Step 2. Go to browse the files you want to transfer. After choosing the desired files, click "Open".

how to transfer data from Mac to iPad - step 2

Step 3. You can preview the selected files on the right pane, with their detailed file names and file sizes. To add more items to transfer, you can click "Add Contents" or directly drag files or folders from your Mac to the appointed area. Finally, click "Transfer" to start transferring the content from your computer to your iPhone. Don't disconnect your iPhone while transferring. MobiMover enables you to move lots of data at a time without any quantity and size limitation.

how to transfer data from Mac to iPad - step 3

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