The iPhone is an powerful handheld device that enables you to view, edit and play many of the files you’d normally see on a computer. You can take photographs, watch videos, play music and create business documents right from the palm of your hand.
If you are finding you can't get AirDrop to work between your Mac and iPhone or iPad read our guide to troubleshooting AirDrop
And although the iPhone 5S has a sharp 4in Retina Display, and an immaculate speaker there are times when you want to send its audio or video to a dedicated device. Apple has a technology called AirPlay that enables you to do just this, you can play music wirelessly from your iPhone on an AirPlay speaker; or play video stored on your iPhone on a television set using an Apple TV.
We also have a number of other articles about sharing photos. Read the following:
- Photo editing tips for iPhoto and Preview, free software for photo editing on a Mac
- How to transfer photos from your iPhone to Mac
- How to share your Mac's iPhoto library via iCloud
- How do I transfer photos from PC to a Mac?
- How to copy photos from iPhone to iPhone (or iPad)
- How to use AirDrop & AirPlay in iOS 7
- How to share photos to an iPad: share photos from your Mac, camera or iPhone
Into this powerful mix comes a new technology called AirDrop. AirDrop enables you to share files on your iPhone with any other iOS device in the local vicinity. Simply enable AirDrop, pick a photo, web page, or other document and tap Share and you can send it straight to your friends device.
AirPlay works via WiFi and other AirPlay compatible devices, these are typically an AirPlay speaker and Apple TV inside your house. AirDrop uses both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and works anywhere where you are in the same location as a friend, and on the same Wi-Fi network.
In this tutorial we’ll take a look at how to use AirDrop and AirPlay to share the files on your iPhone.
1 Activate AirDrop
Open Control Centre by sliding your finger up from the bottom of the display. Tap AirDrop and choose either Everyone or Contacts Only. Choose Contacts Only unless you don’t know the other person.
2 Share a photo
Open the Photos app and choose a picture. Tap the Share icon in the bottom-left to view the sharing window. You should see the names of people you can share with under “Tap to share with AirDrop”.
3 Tap to share
Tap the name of the person you want to share the image with. They should see this notification appear on their screen. If they tap Accept they will get a copy of photograph (you still keep your copy on the iPhone).
4 Set up AirPlay
AirPlay works via a system called Home Sharing. To turn this on tap Settings > Videos > Home Sharing and enter your Apple ID and Password. Make sure you use the same Apple ID on your AirPlay speaker or Apple TV.
5 Turn on AirPlay
If you want music and video to play elsewhere, open Control Centre and tap AirPlay. You can now view the various AirPlay devices on your local network. Tap on to play it in that area.
6 Streaming Video
You can also stream video to the Apple TV directly from the Videos app. When an Apple TV is detected you’ll see an AirPlay icon in the bottom-right of the on-screen controls. Tap it and choose Apple TV to stream the movie through the television.
AirDrop tip: How do I change my name in AirDrop?
You might be wondering how to change the name that appears in AirDrop. This is linked to your Apple ID, rather than your device’s name. Tap Settings > iCloud > Account > Mail (under advanced) and change the Name field.