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You do not need to setup AirDrop as such. Just turn on the wifi and on the Finder sidebar go to AirDrop.

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It's easy to set up on iMac. You can follow the below steps to reach this aim.

First, you need to Check if your devices can use Airdrop

  • Mac: On your Mac, launch Finder from the desktop and click Go on the menu bar. If you can see Airdrop listed under the Go menu, then that means your Mac supports Airdrop.

  • iPhone: Apple has placed a shortcut to Airdrop in the Control Center to allow users to get access to Airdrop quickly. On the main interface of your iPhone, swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open the Control Center. If you see the Airdrop option on it, then your iPhone can use Airdrop.
  • 1. On your Mac, launch Finder from the desktop and select AirDrop.

  • 2. At the bottom of the AirDrop window, you should see the option:Allow me to be discovered by:. Click on it and there would be 3 options provided to you:Everyone, Contacts Only and No one. Select Everyone as it's easier for your iPhone to find your Mac.

  • 3. On your iPhone, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to see the Control Center, and then tap on AirDrop. You will also see 3 options: Off, Contacts Only and Everyone. Select Everyone as it's easier for your Mac to find your iPhone. After turning on AirDrop, your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will be turned on automatically.

  • 4. After activating AirDrop on both your Mac and your iPhone, you can now start to AirDrop from Mac to iPhone. On your Mac, you will see the images of the devices that you can AirDrop things to on the AirDrop window. Just drag a file like a photo onto the image of the device.

  • 5. A window would pop up on the device with two options: Decline and Accept. Tap on Accept to accept the file.
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    1. If you are sharing your network connection on your Mac to your iPhone using Wi-Fi, you'll have to stop it first or you won't be able to use AirDrop.
    2. Make sure that both devices have connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
    3. After receiving a file on your iPhone from your Mac, the file can be found in the relating app. For example, you can find the photo you get from your Mac in the Photos app.

    For more details, check: How to AirDrop from Mac to iPhone

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Airdrop is only available to certain mac models matched with mac os that supports it. I believe Mac OS 10.7 at least is needed.

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