Have you encountered the same problem as this user? AirDrop is a convenient feature of iPhone that allows users to share files wirelessly. However, like all wireless tech, AirDrop can be moody and sometimes refuses to work. Why AirDrop not working on iPhone and how to solve this problem? You will find the answer after reading this guide.
Why Is My AirDrop Not Working on My iPhone?
Let us first look at the reason why AirDrop not working on iPhone in iOS 16/15.
● Wrong AirDrop Settings. AirDrop will only work when all conditions are met. Maybe Wi-Fi/Bluetooth is not turned on or maybe you have chosen the wrong level.
● Software Glitch. A minor glitch on your phone or a deeper software problem will cause the AirDrop not working problem.
● iOS Update. The update will bring new features as well as bugs. Some users reported that iOS 16 AirDrop not working after the update.
Now you know why AirDrop not working on iPhone. Keep reading to see how to troubleshoot the problem to make AirDrop work properly.
How to Fix iOS 16 AirDrop Not Working on iPhone
Here are some methods that can help you fix iOS 16 AirDrop not working issue.
Tip 1. Check AirDrop Settings
As we said before, AirDrop will only work when all conditions are met. First, you should go to have a check if all the settings are correct.
> Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on two devices.
If they are already enabled, you can go to Settings to toggle off and on Wi-Fi/Bluetooth to have a try.
> If either of the devices has Personal Hotspot on, please turn it off.
> Check three discovery settings.
There are three levels: Off, Contacts Only, and Everyone. If you are trying to AirDrop to someone that is not in your contacts, you should choose Everyone.
> Make sure two devices are nearby and within the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth range (30 feet and preferably closer).
If all settings are correct, but you still meet the AirDrop not working problem, please move on to get other fixes.
Tip 2. Log out/in iCloud
When you choose Contacts Only, your iPhone/iPad is only visible to individuals in your Contacts. And two devices need to be logged into iCloud. You can try to log out and then log in iCloud. This may help solve the AirDrop not working in iOS 16 problem.
Go to Settings > Tap [your name] > Tap Sign Out > Enter your Apple ID and password > Tap Turn Off > Choose the data you want to keep on iPhone > Tap Sign Out > Tap Sign Out again to confirm.
Tip 3. Hard Reset iPhone
Force restart can help clear out all background apps and refresh your device’s memory, which can fix minor glitches that cause iOS 16 AirDrop not working on iPhone/iPad issue. This is a method worth trying.
● Force restart iPhone 8 and later & iPad with Face ID :
Quickly press and release the Volume Up button > Quickly press and release the Volume Down button > Press and hold the Side/Power button until you see the Apple logo.
● Force restart iPhone 7/7 Plus:
Press and hold the Top button and Volume Down button together > Release both buttons when the Apple logo appears.
● Force restart iPhone 6s, SE and earlier & iPad with Home button:
Hold down the Home button and the Top (or Side) button at the same time > Release both buttons when the Apple logo appears.
Tip 4. Reset Network Settings
AirDrop requires a Wi-Fi connection. If there’s a Wi-Fi connection problem, you may find that iOS 16 AirDrop not working on iPhone. In this case, you can try to reset network settings to get rid of any Internet connection errors.
Go to Settings > Tap General > Tap Reset > Tap Reset Network Settings > Enter your passcode to confirm > Wait for the restart > Enter the Wi-Fi passcode to rejoin the Wi-Fi to see if it resolves the issue.
Tip 5. Reset All Settings
The AirDrop not working issue may happen due to a deep software problem. In this case, you can try to reset all settings to troubleshoot the problem. After the reset, all settings will return to default, but no data will be erased.
Go to Settings > Tap General > Reset (Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset in iOS 15 and later) > Reset All Settings > Enter your passcode > Tap Reset All Settings again to confirm.
Tip 6. Update to the Latest iOS Version
Sometimes, software update can occasionally cause trouble, but other times, software update will fix them. Go to Settings > Tap General > Tap Software Update and see if there is a new version of iOS available.
AirDrop alternative to share files across iOS devices
If all the above methods do not work, you may try other tools to help you transfer files. FoneTool is not an AirDrop-like tool, but its transfer function can give you a great experience of file transfer from iPhone to iPhone, iPhone to computer, computer to iPhone.
How FoneTool is different from AirDrop and AirDrop-like tools:
✓ Offline transfer process-Unaffected by the internet, you can transfer files stably over a USB connection.
✓ Supports a large number of files - Unlike AirDrop, FoneTool allows you to transfer many data at once.
✓ Faster transfer speed- It can transfer batch files in seconds. For example, you can transfer 100 photos in no more than 3 seconds.
✓ Simpler design and operation-The transfer task can be done with just a few clicks.
Now, free download FoneTool by clicking the icon below to see how it works.
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB > open FoneTool > click Phone Transfer.
Step 2. Go to iPhone to PC > Click the plus icon to select the wanted photos, music, videos, contacts, and click OK.
Step 3. Click Start Transfer to save files to the computer.
Step 4. When the task is finished, unplug the source iPhone and plug the target iPhone into the computer > go to PC to iPhone.
Step 5. Click the arrow icon to open and add the transferred files.
Step 6. Click Start Transfer > click OK when the transfer is completed.
That’s all for how to fix AirDrop not working on iPhone in iOS 16. Hope one of the above methods can help you get out of trouble. It is more recommended to try FoneTool, especially if you are transferring multiple files.
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FoneTool Runs Perfectly on
- iOS 16/15/14/13/12/11 and former
- iPadOS 16/15/14/13/12/11 and former
- iPhone 14/14 Pro (Max), 13/13 mini/Pro (Max), iPhone 12/12 mini/Pro (Max), iPhone 11/11 Pro (Max)
- iPhone X/XR/XS/XS Max, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6/6s/6s Plus
- iPhone SE (1st, 2nd, 3rd generations)
- iPod touch 1/2/3/4/5/6/7
- All models of iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro and iPad