Can You AirDrop Multiple Photos? Find Answer Here

AirDrop multiple photos failed? Read this guide to see why you can’t AirDrop multiple photos and the solution to transfer multiple photos from iPhone to iPhone.


By Lena / Updated on May 30, 2023

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Problem: AirDrop Not Sending All Photos

AirDrop Not Transferrrig All Photos

I had to share some 150 photos that I'd taken on my iPhone with my friend, but when I AirDropped it to her, only about 50 odd photos were shared. Any suggestions?

- Question from Apple Community

Is There Any Limit to Photos Can be Sent via AirDrop

I was trying to send 384 photos from iPhone 8 to iPad Air, but the photos app screen goes off. So couldn't send any photos to iPad air.

- Question from Reddit

AirDrop is a wireless way to help users share files or data locally between two devices. As long as two devices are nearby and within the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth range, photos, videos, contacts, Voice Memos, Map location, and everything else that appears on a Share sheet can be transferred in a short time.


However, AirDrop not working problem happens now and then. This time you find that AirDrop multiple photos failed. Well, this is a quite common problem that many users have reported before. Some people said that only some of the photos were successfully transferred, others said that it did not transfer any photos. Why did this happen? Is the AirDrop failed because the AirDrop cannot send multiple photos? Read on to find the answer.

Part 1. How Many Photos Can You AirDrop At Once?

“AirDrop not sending all photos” mainly occurs when users try to send hundreds or more pictures. Is there a limit to how many photos you can AirDrop? The truth is that there is no theoretical limit to AirDrop, and Apple hasn’t specified a limit either.

But moving a large number of image files at once may get things into trouble. Especially if they are large in file size. Depending on your hardware and connection, there may be practical limitations. When transferring hundreds or thousands of photos at a time, it will tie up your hardware for quite a long while. Without good RAM and processing power, the transfer may fail. Besides, the interference from other devices around may also cause transmission failure.

How to AirDrop Multiple Photos

When sending a large number of photos in one batch, the "AirDrop multiple photos failed" situation may occur. To make sure a smooth transfer, you may send the files in smaller groups. Don’t transfer so many photos at once - split it into multiple transfers. You can try with a smaller number (I.e. 100 photos, or even 50).

AirDrop Photo

But in fact, AirDrop is not the only tool that supports wireless transfer between two iDevices. There are many AirDrop-like apps that can help you transfer multiple photos. Just keep reading to learn more.

Part 2. How to Transfer Multiple Photos Easily

If you want to transfer hundreds or thousands of photos, AirDrop does not seem to be a good way. You need to split it into multiple transfers to ensure that all photos are successfully transferred. The fact is that AirDrop is not the only way to transfer photos. You can try one of the below methods to transfer multiple photos at once.

 Transfer Multiple Photos via FoneTool App

FoneTool is one easy-to-use file transfer application for iPhone and iPad users. It can help you transfer photos, videos, songs, contacts and any other files stored in Files app between two devices. 

Unlike AirDrop, It can help you transfer hundreds or thousands of photos at once.  In addition, there is no need to connect to WiFi, nor mobile network, so it will not consume data during file transfer.

1. You can scan this QR code or search "FoneTool" in App Store to install it.

QR Code

2. Open FoneTool on both iPhones. You will be asked to allow FoneTool to connect to devices on your local network, access your photos, music, contacts, etc. on your device.

3. Place two devices near each other and make sure Wi-Fi is enabled. No need to connect to Wi-Fi, just need to turn on the Wi-Fi option.

4. Go to Connect Device and tap the device name on either iPhone to establish a connection.

5. Now go to File Transfer > Choose the needed photos and tap Send button.

Send Photos

Please let FoneTool run in the foreground of the system, and keep the phone from being locked during the transfer.

You go to Transfer List to view the progress of receiving and sending. When it's done, you can go to Photos app to check the transferred photos.

Transfer Multiple Photos via FoneTool for Windows

If you have a computer at hand, you may the desktop app of FoneTool to help you transfer photos via UBS cable. It can help you transfer photos, videos, songs, and more from iPhone to iPhone/iPad, iPhone to computer and vice versa.

Take transferring photos from iPhone to computer as an example:

1. Download, install and launch FoneTool > Plug in your iPhone.

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2. On the Home screen, click Phone Transfer option. Go to iPhone to PC and click Start Transfer.

Transfer to Computer

3. Click the “+” icon > Choose the pictures you want to transfer > Click OK to continue.

Choose Photos

4. Click Start Transfer > Select a destination to save the pictures > Click Transfer to start.


If you want to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone, you can first transfer photos from the source iPhone to computer and then click PC to iPhone option to transfer the photos to the target iPhone.
If you want to view your HEIC photos on computer, you can let HEIC Converter help you convert HEIC to JPG/JPEG/PNG.
If the space is occupied by a large number of photos, you can let the Photo Deduplication Tool help you find duplicate photos on iPhone/computer and delete them to free up space.



Can you AirDrop multiple photos? The answer is yes. But instead of transferring hundreds of photos at once, you should send files in smaller groups. Or you can try other tools like FoneTool to help you transfer all photos at once.

Lena · Editor
Lena is an editor of FoneTool, she covers backup & restore, and phone data management and so on. She enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She takes most of time with her family when she is not working.