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How to Fix AirDrop Not Working After iOS 11/iOS 12 Update

“I was trying to share photos between my iPhone 8 and iPad mini 4, both running iOS 11.1. But when I tapped AirDrop-Everyone, I am unable to get nay device recognized in the house, any suggestions?”

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AirDrop is an easy way to share contents among iPhone, iPad and Mac. However, recently some user complained that AirDrop doesn’t work on iOS 11 and iOS 12. The reasons for this issue can be network problem, software glitch or system compatibility. Luckily, we’ve gathered some useful methods according to our test and customers’ feedbacks; keep reading to check them out.

Part 1: Common Ways to Fix AirDrop Doesn’t Recognize on iPhone/iPod

1. Check Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

AirDrop works when Wi-Fi and Bluetooth both on, so you need to make sure these 2 features are enabled. Swipe up from iPhone home screen to turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

2. Force Reboot iPhone

Force restart iPhone is an easy way to fix many issues after iOS 11/12 update, try to reboot your device when AirDrop not sending or receiving files on iPhone or iPad.

For iPhone X/8/8 Plus, press and quickly release the “Volume Up” button, and then press and quickly release the “Volume Down” button, press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.

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For iPhone 7, press the volume down button and power button at the same time. For other iPhone brands, Hold down the power button and home button at the same time until you see the Apple logo.

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3. Check for New Update

Some users reported that AirDrop not showing or connecting on IPhone after iOS 11.0.3 or iOS 11.1. Try to update iPhone to iOS 11.2. Go to Settings -> General -> Software Update to download and install the latest software.

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4. Re-sign in iCloud

On your iPhone, go to Settings -> User Name -> iCloud. Tap on “Sign Out” and then sign in iCloud again to check if the AirDrop issue is fixed.

5. Reset Network Settings

AirDrop is greyed out, slow or not opening on iPhone after trying the above tips? Reset network settings on your iPhone will be the last resort. Please note that this operation will change the settings of cellular, APN, VPN and Wi-Fi password.

Go to Settings -> General -> Reset and tap on “Reset Network Settings”.

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Part 2: Use AirDrop Alternative to Transfer Data Between iOS 11 and iOS 12 Devices

AirDrop is not available even tried all the tips above and find another way to share data between iPhone and iPad? One of the best AirDrop alternatives you can’t miss is Tenorshare Phone to Phone Transfer. This easy tool is designed to selectively move files from one iPhone to another with lighting speed, no file size limit. Download Tenorshare Phone to Phone Transfer and see how it works following the steps below.

Step 1. Run the software and connect two iOS devices to computer. You can switch the source and destination device according to your needs. Click “Next” to go on.

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Step 2. Now choose the file types you want to transfer. You are allowed to move part of the files or all the files from one iPhone to another. Click “Start Transfer”.

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Step 3. Now the program will start transferring files, the process will complete within minutes.

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This article lists you the common ways to fix iOS 11 and iOS 12 AdirDrop not working on iPhone X/10/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/SE/6s/6s Plus/6/5S and introduces you an alternative way to share files between different iOS devices. If you like this post, don’t forget to share it with your friends.

/ Posted by Jenefey Aaron to iOS 11 Follow @Jenefey Aaron