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AirDrop: Share To A Nearby Apple Device | iPadOS 17 Guide

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You can share specific items including contacts, photos, maps, and more using AirDrop. This works with compatible iPad or iPhone devices when in close proximity to each other. While using a default app, like Photos, tap the share icon to find the AirDrop section.

Ask your intended recipient to enable AirDrop too by opening Settings, choosing General, and selecting AirDrop followed by the Everyone option.

In the same section of the Settings app, you can choose to receive AirDrops from Contacts Only if you want to be more secure.

Or, to disable AirDrop completely and save battery power, choose Receiving Off.