Mac 101: quickly share links, files, anything you want between Macs with AirDrop


Apple’s AirDrop feature is getting all the attention in iOS right now, but it started life on the Mac. Inexplicably, iOS devices and Macs cannot yet AirDrop things between each other, but Macs can exchange just about anything you want.

For example, if you click the Share button in Safari, then AirDrop, you can send the current page to any nearby Macs. You can do this from most apps that feature OS X’s Share button, such as Ember and Day One, and your recipient’s Mac will automatically open the item you sent in the relevant app.

Both Macs need to be fairly recent to support AirDrop and within about 30 feet of each other. While WiFi needs to be on, they don’t have to be connected to the same WiFi network to find each other and exchange files. You can learn more about AirDrop for Mac and Macs that support it at Apple’s support site.