Mac AirDrop Settings

The macOS has had the AirDrop featured for several years. I suppose it would be accurate to say people with Mac laptops would use it more than a home machine, but it is pretty handy either way. In fact, I do use it a home from time to time to send stuff back and forth between my iMac and my wife’s MacBook Air and sometimes from my iPad to my Mac.

AirDrop Settings

Here is how Apple defines AirDrop:

With AirDrop, you can wirelessly send photos, videos, websites, locations, and more to a nearby iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.
– via Apple Support

You can send all that kind of stuff from your Mac to other devices, however, if you re talking about super large files I would just put them on a USB stick. The transfer rates for AirDrop are not exactly lightening speed.

When you click on AirDrop in the Finder sidebar you get a window like this:

AirDrop Finder

AirDrop pretty much has two settings. You can click on the “Don’t see who you’re looking for?” link in the bottom of the Finder window and get this message:

AirDrop Search

This is useful for connecting to older Macs that do not initially show up in AirDrop. The other setting is right next to it, “Allow me to be discovered by:”,

AirDrop Discovery

This is the most important AirDrop setting. If you click on that drop down you see your choices, No One, Contacts Only, and Everyone. Most people leave this to Contacts Only. This probably is no big deal if you are at home connecting to a relatives or friends laptop, but if you are out in the community these restrictions really are a must. If you are really paranoid you can always choose No One which blocks AirDrop altogether.


AirDrop is such a handy Finder feature. I am not sure many people use it, but it is there if you need to do so. It is much easier than connecting to another persons machine over a network, that is for sure.