Use Airdrop for wireless file sharing on MAC OSX Lion


Do you want to quickly share files without wires between MAC systems around? MAC OSX Lion bring new Airdrop feature that allow wireless sharing of files. Best part, it does not require sharing user to be on same Wi-Fi network. It only requires Wifi hardware between sharing systems. Effectively, if you have a newer MAC system with Lion operating system – you are all set for sharing via Airdrop feature.

What is Airdrop feature on MAC OSX Lion

Airdrop allows you to share and send files wirelessly without the wifi network. It uses peer-to-peer Wi-Fi between participating Mac computers and hence doe not require a wireless network infrastructure or a base station.

It can detect Airdrop users within 30 feet of distance from you. Once users are detected, you can start sharing files with simple drag drop – there isn’t much to configure or setup for wireless file sharing via Airdrop.

Does my old MAC system support Airdrop feature

If you have older MAC system, then important question is –  does my MAC system support Airdrop feature of MAC OSX Lion operating system? Following is list of Airdrop compatible MAC systems:

MacBookPro (Late 2008 or newer)

MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)

MacBook (Late 2008 or newer)

iMac (Early 2009 or newer)

Mac Mini (Mid 2010 or newer)

Mac Pro (Early 2009 with AirPort Extreme card, or Mid 2010)

How to use Airdrop feature on MAC OSX Lion system

1. Make sure you upgrade to MAC OSX Lion on your existing MAC system or using a new MAC system with preloaded MAC OSX Lion operating system.

2. To use Airdrop in Finder, head to GO menu option and then click Airdrop option. Once activated, Airdrop will attempt to detect all Wi-Fi-enabled (hardware wise) Macs running AirDrop that are near your computer.

3. Once you have user with whom you want to share files via Airdrop – drag file to specific user listing and click Confirm to begin wireless sharing.

This for sure is very handy and useful feature for users with multiple MAC systems. Just imagine, each student in a class with MAC system can share files on the fly with classmates without too much configuration settings. [Credit: Apple Support]



  1. Air drop runs on my mid 2007 imac ok with 10.7.2

  2. Mathew Krejci says:

    Is there a way to keep Air-Drop open all the time? It seems odd that both computers have to have AirDrop running for this to work.

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