Too often, when transferring files, we are restricted by either the number of files or the size of these files. Sometimes we also forget to bring USB thumb drives that have enough capacity to get the job done. It can be a messy, complicated task in a merry-go-round of cables, thumb drives and external hard drives. Passing around a single drive can take time if a lot of people need a copy of the file.
AirDrop is a nice new feature of OSX that eliminates all that clutter. With a few commands, files can be wirelessly transferred through wifi from one Mac to another. Unlike previous years, where the person with file shares a folder for viewing, with AirDrop a copy of the file is saved on another computer.
What AirDrop so amazing is that it does not need any set-up or configuration at all. All you have to do is:
1. Make sure both Mac computers have wifi connections. They do not have to be on the same network.
2. Open Finder and go to AirDrop located on the side menu. Once you’re in Air Drop it will search for compatible computers. Just drag the files you want to transfer to your friend’s name or picture or Apple ID that appears on AirDrop. If you don’t see AirDrop go to Finder –> Preferences and add it to your sidebar.
3. As a security feature, AirDrop will ask you to confirm the file before sending.
4. It will also ask your friend to confirm that he will be receiving the file. Upon confirmation, transfer begins. Files will be saved in the Downloads folder.
5. AirDrop can operate in the background an advantage if you are transferring a huge amount of data, You can multitask and do other things while the transfer is in progress.