Can You AirDrop Without Bluetooth? Here Is the Answer

You may wonder whether airdrop works without Bluetooth. This guide will give you the answer to the question, as well as a AirDrop alternative to enables your to “airdrop without Bluetooth”.


By Demi / Updated on May 26, 2023

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Wouldn't it be more convenient if AirDrop requires only Wi-Fi?

I don’t see the reason why two devices must be connected to both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. What’s the point of Bluetooth for AirDrop? Does Bluetooth makes the process of finding devices or file sharing quicker? Is it feasible for AirDrop to function through only Wi-Fi?

- Question from Apple Community

AirDrop provides you with a way to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone wirelessly. The AirDrop can work perfectly everytime when you turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, even though it seems that neither of them is working.

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Then, you may wonder, "Does AirDrop work without Bluetooth?" or "Can I AirDrop without Bluetooth?" Keep reading this guide, and you will find the answer.

Can AirDrop work without Bluetooth?

The answer to the question - Can I Airdrop without Bluetooth is absolutely No, since Bluetooth plays an important role in AirDrop transfer process.

AirDrop relies on Bluetooth to locate other AirDrop enabled devices nearby, while the other setting - Wi-Fi plays a role in transferring the files. That may explain why AirDrop requires a short range between two devices.

How to “airdrop” between iPhones without Bluetooth

You may be reluctant of using Bluetooth for the sake of your private safety. Then, you can try the AirDrop alternatives mentioned in this part to “airdrop” files between iPhones without Bluetooth. The methods below are also compatible with iPad and iPod.

Option 1. FoneTool (app)

Just need to enable Wi-Fi on both iPhones, FoneTool helps you transfer files wirelessly between two iPhones just like what you do using AirDrop.

What makes FoneTool the most different from AirDrop is that you can airdrop multiple photos and any other files at a time with it. Besides, FoneTool doesn’t require you too many preparations.

Scan the QR code or search the name of FoneTool in the App Store to get the tool on iPhones. Let’s airdrop without Bluetooth.

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Step 1. Place the two iPhones close to each other and enable Wi-Fi on them > Open FoneTool > Choose Connect Device > Tap the name of the other iPhone to establish a connection between two iPhones.

Step 2. On the source iPhone, tap File Transfer in the lower-left corner > Browse and choose the files you’d like to share > Tap Send to begin the task.

Tap Send Photos

If you want to airdrop notes or any other files, just save a copy to the Files app and you can access them in the Files app.

Step 3. On the target iPhone, receive the files, and you can go to the relative apps to check the transferred files. For example, the transferred photos and videos are in the Photos app.

Option 2. FoneTool (desktop software)

You can also make use of FoneTool the transfer software for iOS devices to export files from iPhone to computer first and import them to the target iPhone, which helps backup iPhone to PC at the same time.

The features and advantages of FoneTool
Simple and clear design. The user-friendly design helps you handle, even if you’re using it for the first time. 
Fast transfer process. With a few clicks, it just takes less than 3 seconds to transfer 100 photos.
No data loss. The transfer process doesn’t degrade the quality of the original files. It does no harm to the previous data on iPhone, either.

Download and install FoneTool on your computer and follow the steps to transfer files from iPhone to iPhone.

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Step 1. Connect the source iPhone to computer with USB > Launch FoneTool and choose Phone Transfer > Locate iPhone to PC and click Start Transfer.

Transfer To Computer

Step 2. Click the plus icon > Check each icon to browse and select the files you’d like to transfer > Click OK to continue.

Choose Photos

Step 3. Choose a storage path to save the transfer files from Transfer Settings > Click Start Transfer to begin.


Step 4. When the transfer is finished, unplug the source iPhone from computer and plug into the target iPhone > Choose PC to iPhone.

Step 5. Click the folder icon > Locate and choose the transferred files from the folder > Click Start Transfer to make it.



In conclusion, you are not available to airdrop without Bluetooth. But luckily, you can make airdrop work without Bluetooth using its alternatives - the mobile app FoneTool or the powerful PC software  FoneTool.

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.