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How To Turn Off AirDrop On iPhone And Mac

AirDrop has made our lives simpler by allowing the seamless file transfer between iOS and macOS devices. Now, we don’t have to connect cables and wires to share large files.

But how to turn off AirDrop after using it? Is there any way to disable this feature on iPhone and Mac?

If you keep this feature on, you might risk the device by allowing unknown users to send a malicious file transfer request to your iPhone or Mac.

And there is also one more problem with it – The Battery Drain Problem!

Yup, if you forget to shut off AirDrop, it’ll continuously search for new pairable devices. It means the device will consume more battery power unnecessarily.

And you’ll notice this battery issue more on iPhones and iPads.

So, let’s learn the methods to switch off the AirDrop feature below.

How To Turn Off AirDrop

Since AirDrop is available for iOS and macOS users, I have shared different tips for iPhone as well as Mac platform.

For iPad users, you may follow the iPhone tips on your device. These tips will do the job for you.

For iPhone Users –

On the iOS platform, you can use a couple of methods to disable AirDrop completely. Both of these methods are easy to use, which means you can perform them without any advanced technical knowledge.

Alright, let’s take a look at the first method to turn off AirDrop on iPhone.

Method #1: Using Control Center Menu

Note – This tip will only be useful for those who have a 3D Touch enabled iPhone. If you don’t have this feature on your iPhone, you can still use the Settings app method (Method #2) to turn off the AirDrop feature.

Here’re the steps to follow –

  1. Swipe up the display screen to open the control center menu.
  2. Press and Hold the Bluetooth or Wi-Fi icon until you see another window as shown below.
  3. Tap the AirDrop icon and select the ‘Receiving Off’ option to disable the AirDrop feature.

AirDrop Control Center Settings

Once you perform the last step, you won’t be able to receive any files using AirDrop feature on your iPhone. It’ll remain turned off until you enable it again.

And if you don’t want to shut it off entirely, you can use the ‘Contacts Only’ option from the same pop-up window. With this option, only your friends from the contacts list will be allowed to share files over AirDrop.

Method #2: Using the Settings App

In this method, you will have to use the Settings app on your iPhone.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Go to the AirDrop option and select the ‘Receiving Off’ option as displayed below.

AirDrop Receiving Off

That’s it!

Similar to Method #1, these new settings will now disable the AirDrop file transfer on your iPhone.

And of course, you can enable it later if needed. Just follow the same steps again.

Method #3: Using Bluetooth And Wi-Fi

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are the two things that you need to be able to use AirDrop on your iPhone or Mac.

If you turn them off, the transfer of files won’t take place at all. The device will display a notification to enable these services before attempting to send any data.

Therefore, it’s better to shut off one of these connectivity services if you don’t want to use AirDrop.

For Mac Users –

In macOS, you will have to follow a slightly different approach to turn off the AirDrop feature.

Check the steps below –

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Go to the AirDrop option, which is available in your favorite list of apps.
  3. Click on the ‘Allow me to be discovered by’ option and select ‘No One’ from the drop-down menu.

Turn Off AirDrop on Mac

Once you select this option, AirDrop will be disabled temporarily. Now, your friends won’t be able to detect your device if they try to share some files using this tool.

You can re-enable AirDrop on Mac by performing the same steps again. Make sure you change the discovery option to Everyone or Contacts Only as per your desire.

Apart from this, you will also need to activate Wi-Fi and Bluetooth services to be able to initiate the transfer process.

Well, that’s all you need to turn off AirDrop on your Mac.

If you still find it difficult to follow these steps, just disable the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection on Mac. It will prevent intruders who may try to send some malicious files to your computer.


Now, let’s go through the frequently asked questions that might help you understand and resolve issues related to this useful feature.

Where Do AirDrop Files Go?

For this question, I’ve already shared a detailed guide earlier. You can check it out here – AirDrop Files Location

How To Secure Your iPhone While Using AirDrop?

As mentioned above, your device might remain vulnerable to the hackers if you don’t understand the functions of AirDrop.

You will need to disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth along with the share options, i.e., No One, Contacts Only, and Everyone.

If you turn off all these things on your iPhone or Mac, your device will remain safe from unknown users.

And when you want to share something using AirDrop, do not use the Everyone option. Receive your files only from known contacts.

So, that’s the secret of keeping your device secured while sharing files over AirDrop.

Is It Possible To Use AirDrop Without Wi-Fi or Bluetooth?


You will need both these connectivity features to share files over AirDrop.

But I’m sure this feature will get some more improvements in upcoming devices or software updates.

What Should I Do If AirDrop Won’t Turn Off?


You only need to check the connectivity features. If the Bluetooth connection is on, don’t forget to shut it off.

Other than that, you should also check the device discovery settings as discussed above.

Some other valuable tips:

  • Disable Airplane mode
  • Restart your iPhone or Mac
  • Perform network reset
  • Perform factory reset
  • Contact Apple support

It’s important to note that these are some of the advanced level steps. You should only perform the reset options if nothing else works. And yeah, do backup your device before deleting all your device data.

So, that’s pretty much about this tip! If you have any more questions, do leave a comment below.

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