4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 22, 2013 1:31 AM by highland99
Val_Tj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have had numerous case openings with this product. I love it when it works, but for some reason, my mac and mac book pro can no longer see each other when the application is opened. Both are running the current 10.8.2 upgrade and both are between 2-3 years old and air drop is supported on both. No one has been able to figure this out! I've gotten to the point where I absolutely need this program because of its simplicity and speed in transferring big files like adobe illustrator files for example. Please help!!

iMac (27-inch Mid 2010), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • VikingOSX Level 6 Level 6 (12,980 points)

    Review your hardware again from Apple's AirDrop criteria here.


    Supporting information on AirDrop usability and workflow. It uses Wi-Fi. Do you have Wi-Fi interference when it isn't working the way you expect?


    If you would like to enable AirDrop for wired and wireless, here is an article that shows how to do that from the command line in Terminal. This side-steps any issue where the machine has wireless deemed to old for AirDrop support.


    And here is a Bash script that I wrote to implement the above wired/wireless AirDrop solution. Copy and paste this into a text editor. Save it as airdrop.sh. Make it executable, and run it as: ./airdrop.sh ON



    #! /bin/bash
    # airdrop.sh - turn on or off the AirDrop feature in OS X.
    # airdrop.sh ON or airdrop.sh OFF
    case "$1" in
        /usr/bin/defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces 1
        echo "AirDrop facility enabled"
        killall Finder
        /usr/bin/defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces 0
        echo "AirDrop facility disabled"
        killall Finder
        echo "Usage: $0 {ON|OFF}"
        exit 1
    exit 0
  • Linda Elkind Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I too love AirDrop when it works.  My MacBook Pro sits within inches of my iMac.  Both are running 10.7.5, both are machines that Apple says AirDrop works on, both have the right WIFI card and firmware version.  If I reboot both machines, they recognize each other in AirDrop immediately -- then the connection disappears and they can't find each other.  Relaunching the finder does not work.  Has to be a restart of the machine -- which is counter productive -- so I resort to sharing files through my network the old fashioned way. 


    Sure wish AirDrop was reliable.  I love the simplicity of it.

  • AtticusFinch1987 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    What is the old fashion way? I too am having a problem with AirDrop, both of my computers see each other but one has trouble acknowledging the other whenever it's time to transfer files. I am at wits end. Thank you for your consideration.

  • highland99 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm lucky if Airdrop works 50% of the time. I mainly use it with my iPhone and wife's iPhone (both iPhone 5 models); we'd love it if it wold work consistently, but unfortunately it doesn't even come close.