Use AirDrop In iOS 7 Beta, Set Privacy Preferences In Control Center [iOS Tips]

AirDrop on iOS 7 beta

Before we get into today’s iOS 7 Beta tip, remember that any of the iOS 7 beta features and tips we share with you could change before the latest mobile operating system from Apple hits the streets this coming fall.

Also, be sure that you’re not using a beta iOS 7 on an iPhone you need to get work done on–-Apple has provided it without guarantee for developers to start working with, not for you to use on any mission critical tasks.

One of the most exciting features in the upcoming iOS 7, and it’s in the beta as well, is AirDrop, Apple’s configuration-free file sharing protocol that has been on OS X for a while. It’s making its way to iOS 7, and here’s how to use it in the beta, as well as how to set the privacy settings for the protocol.

When you’re browsing a photo in the Photos app in iOS 7 beta, tap the new share icon, which now looks like a proper rectangle with an arrow pointing straight up and out of it. When browsing all your photos, tap Select in the upper right, then Share in the lower left. You’ll get the same effect.

All you need to do from here is tap the AirDrop icon, and it will do a little subtle pulse, letting you know you’re offering these files to be shared over AirDrop. AirDrop can handle pretty much any file type, including Passbook passes, as you can see in the screenshot above. The person you’re sharing the files with will be notified on their iPhone, and then the files will zip over. Hooray!

Now, if you want to fine-tune the security of AirDrop, you have three options: Off, Contacts Only, or Everyone. Slide your finger up from the bottom of the iOS 7 beta screen on your iPhone to bring up the Control Center, and then tap the AirDrop section on the left. Tap the option you prefer (I chose Contact Only for now), and then slide the Control Center down again.

It’s exciting to be able to share files ad-hoc like this, and I look forward to the unique ways developers will add this pretty amazing tech into their apps and games.

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  • theobserving

    Needs to work with OS X Air Drop or it’s of minimal benefit.

  • iPhone4Jay

    Did they say if you will be able to airdrop to a mac or mini using OSX?

  • Adrayven

    Did they say if you will be able to airdrop to a mac or mini using OSX?

    Not heard anything yet.

  • devjones8891

    I have an iPhone 5 with iOS7 (beta 1) on it and airdrop for my phone works with my macbook air 2012! This is going to be a very useful tool and it adds something very useful to the apple ecosystem!

  • pcadops

    I have an iPhone 5 with iOS7 (beta 1) on it and airdrop for my phone works with my macbook air 2012! This is going to be a very useful tool and it adds something very useful to the apple ecosystem!

    How did you do that?

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