8 Replies Latest reply: Sep 7, 2014 7:33 PM by Rockmankin
dnelsonpt Level 1 (0 points)

I am trying to use airdrop but can't find it anywhere on my computer?


Hardware Overview:


  Model Name:          MacBook Pro

  Model Identifier:          MacBookPro2,2

  Processor Name:          Intel Core 2 Duo

  Processor Speed:          2.33 GHz

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • John Galt Level 8 (45,990 points)

    AirDrop requires a computer newer than your MacBook Pro: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4783


    As I understand it the wireless hardware is the limiting factor.




    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.

  • Drhesslen Level 1 (10 points)

    Actually Airdrop is supported on Older macs, but is not visible; if you want it to be visible follow my steps:


    1. Open Terminal


    2. Insert the following command:

    defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces 1


    3. Once complete insert the next following code: killall Finder


    4. This should have fixed the issue, to test this goto Desktop>Menubar>Finder>Go>Airdrop


    I hope this helped

  • jacquelineH Level 1 (0 points)

    How do I do 1. Open Terminal??

  • Drhesslen Level 1 (10 points)

    Ok you are going to go to spotlight (the magnifiying glass as top right-hand corner of display) and then type "Terminal" it should pop and the complete the instructions listed above.  I hope this helped !!! Have a nice day!

  • oitent Level 1 (0 points)


  • Gulzt Level 1 (5 points)

    Yes! Thanks a lot!

  • Rockmankin Level 1 (0 points)

    I have an older Macbook Pro model 3,1 running OSX 10.9.4


    I too cannot find Airdrop to use with bluetooth to share files on my iPhone5


    I executed the 2 TERMINAL commands you show in this post, but cannot locate airdrop using your suggestion, or using spotlight.


    Any additional thoughts ?

  • Rockmankin Level 1 (0 points)

    Also, the bluetooth connection does pair my iPhone 5 with my Macbook Pro, but after a few seconds, the an error message pops up on the iPhone 5 saying there is a problem with the computer.