9 Replies Latest reply: Mar 3, 2014 5:48 AM by pairof9s
GianniT Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have two machines: 1 iMac and 1 MacBook Pro, both running MountainLion. While MacBook is showing the Air Drop icon in Finder the iMac doesn't and I can't figure out what the problem is.

 

Does anyone have a clue what could be wrong?

 

Thanks for your help

 

Hans


iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1)
  • 1. Re: Air Drop missing
    captfred Level 7 Level 7 (26,235 points)

    Here are the machines that support AirDrop.

     

    Macs that support AirDrop in OS X Lion

    If your Mac is the same as, or newer than, the models listed below, then it supports AirDrop.

    • MacBook Pro (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)

    *  The MacBook Pro (17-Inch Late 2008) and the white MacBook (Late 2008) do not support AirDrop.

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4783?viewlocale=en_US

  • 2. Re: Air Drop missing
    Diego Zanotti Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    You can easily turn on AirDrop on old mac using this instruction via terminal:

     

    defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces 1

     

    then hit enter...

     

    Now you have tu restart your finder, and will see AirDrop icon in your finder window...

     

    enjoy

  • 3. Re: Air Drop missing
    GianniT Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Diego,

     

    You are a genius. Air Drop is back!

     

    Thanks a lot!

     

     

  • 4. Re: Air Drop missing
    Diego Zanotti Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Good

     

    You have to do this hack on all Macs if you want each computer see the other......

  • 5. Re: Air Drop missing
    GianniT Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I did. But it seems that both machines need to be on the same network. If not, I can't see the other machine.

     

    Great tip. 

  • 6. Re: Air Drop missing
    Diego Zanotti Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Yes! All machines must be in the same network...

  • 7. Re: Air Drop missing
    CazTheCactus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Genius - this solved my problem and was also my first experience with terminal ! thankyou

  • 8. Re: Air Drop missing
    Diego Zanotti Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    good!

  • 9. Re: Air Drop missing
    pairof9s Level 2 Level 2 (180 points)

    I wish I could say this worked for me (Terminal instruct) but it didn't. Even more perplexing is that my issue is with a late 2012 Mac mini that is up-to-date (10.9) and supposedly supports AirDrop. However, I cannot see it when activated while on other Macs (late 2011 MacBook Pro). I can see the MBP on the mini's AirDrop window, but not vice versa. That includes this hack on both computers.

     

    The old trick of sending a file from MBP to mini to get it show on MBP no longer works either. As soon as the transfer is complete, the mini disappears from the MBP's AirDrop window.