How to Turn on AirDrop on iPhone XR/14/13/12

If you have no idea about how to use AirDrop on iPhone XR when you manage to use it to transfer files, read this passage to know how to turn on AirDrop on iPhone XR/14/13/12/11 and how to make full use of it.


By Demi / Updated on June 12, 2023

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You must be excited when you get a new Apple device, managing to make full use of it. However, there are some new features that you may be not familiar with, such as AirDrop, safari and so on. Hopefully, you can know how to turn on AirDrop on iPhone XR/14/13/12/11 with the help of this passage as soon as possible.

Part 1. What is AirDrop?

AirDrop designed by Apple, helps its users share files, photos, contacts, etc. with others by some drag and drop wirelessly, that’s also the reason why it is called AirDrop. For example, you can airdrop videos from iPhone to iPhone or iPad. AirDrop is available on iOS 7 and later, but if you have an iPhone 5 or before, you cannot access AirDrop even if it’s on iOS 7 or later.

Airdrop Icon

Part 2. How to turn on and use AirDrop on iPhone XR

Tips before using AirDrop

After knowing what AirDrop is, you may wonder how do I turn on AirDrop on iPhone XR. You don't need to be in haste, because you have to do something to avoid AirDrop not working on iPhone XR.

Distance. Make sure that the person you want to share files with is nearby and within Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on both the source and target iPhone. If either of you has Personal Hotspot on, please turn it off.

How to turn on AirDrop on iPhone XR

After checking the preconditions we mentioned, let’s turn on AirDrop on iPhone in two simple ways.

❶ You can turn on AirDrop from Settings on both iPhones. Go Settings app > General > AirDrop > Choose Contacts Only or Everyone.

Turn On Airdrop From Settings

You can also turn on AirDrop from Control Center. Swipe up from the bottom of the iPhone screen to open Control Center > Press and hold on the wireless control box > Tap AirDrop > Choose Contacts Only or Everyone. Perform the steps on both the source iPhone and the target iPhone.

Access Airdrop

☞ Contacts Only. If the target iPhone has their AirDrop set to receive from Contacts Only, AirDrop can only work well when you are in their contact with your Apple ID’s email address or mobile number.
☞ Everyone. If you are not in their contacts, the target iPhone has to set AirDrop receiving settings to Everyone to receive files.

How to make use of AirDrop on iPhone XR

Having a clear idea about how to turn on AirDrop on iPhone XR/14/13/12/11/8/7 is just the first step. Hopefully, the example of how to use AirDrop to share contact will help you make full use of AirDrop.

Step 1. Go to Contacts app on the source iPhone > Locate and tap the contact you want to share with.

Step 2. Tap the Share Contact option > Choose AirDrop > Choose the target iPhone.

Airdrop Contacts From Iphone To Iphone

Step 3. Hit the Accept on the target iPhone to receive the contact > Go to Contacts app to check the shared contact.

Part 3. AirDrop alternative - FoneTool transfers a bunch of files

Although AirDrop is a specific transfer tool for Apple users, its complicated steps and prerequisites sometimes may stop you from transferring files successfully. What’s worse is that you can hardly share a large number of files via AirDrop.

I’d like to recommend to you FoneTool to transfer a bunch of files at a time. With the help of FoneTool, you can not only transfer files with others but also backup your iPhone at the same time.

FoneTool can provide you:
More stable connection. Undoubtedly, the USB connection is more stable than its WI-FI and Bluetooth counterpart.
Faster transfer speed. For example, you can transfer 100 photos in 2 seconds in FoneTool.
Simpler interface and design. You can enjoy a clear interface and simple clicks to finish backing up and transferring files.
Wider compatibility. It can work well with from iPhone 4 to the latest version of iPhone, iPod and iPad. Besides, it is also compatible with the latest iOS, like iOS 16.

Click the icon below to download FoneTool for free. Let’s backup and transfer contacts with others.

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Step 1. Launch FoneTool > Connect the source iPhone to the computer with a USB cable > Tap Trust This Computer on your iPhone.

Step 2. Click Phone Backup > Go to Selective Backup and click Get Started > Click Contacts to preview and select the contacts you plan to backup and transfer > Click OK to continue.

Preview and Select Contacts

Note: As you can see in the picture above, you can also easily transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone, as well as music, videos and messages.

Step 3. Select the storage path to save your contacts > Click Start Backup button to make it.

Start Backup Contacts

Step 4. Unplug the source iPhone and connect the target iPhone to the computer > Go to Backup History > Click the three-dots icon and click Restore > You can click the icon to preview the contacts, then click Start Restore.

Restore Contacts

In the Backup History screen, you can also browse, manage and delete the files you have backed up.


In this passage, you can not only know how to turn on AirDrop on iPhone XR/14/13/12/11 and make use of it, but also learn about FoneTool, another tool to transfer and backup files. I incline to choose FoneTool because of its fast speed and simple operations