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Why does Airdrop say waiting?

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Airdrop, a feature exclusive to Apple devices, enables seamless file sharing between iPhones, iPads, and Macs. However, users occasionally encounter a frustrating issue where Airdrop seems stuck in the Waiting stage.

This article discusses the causes of the Airdrop stuck in the waiting stage and a few ways to help you fix it.

Why is Airdrop stuck in waiting?

There can be several reasons behind this issue, and they are mentioned below:

  • The recipient is not in range.
  • Bluetooth and WiFi are not enabled.
  • Wrong Airdrop settings.
  • Disabled Airdrop restriction.

Also read: How to turn on Airdrop?

How to fix the issue?

Here are a few ways that will help you fix the issue with your Airdrop:

Ensure the recipient is nearby

Make certain that the recipient is nearby and within Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range. Airdrop relies on these connections for efficient file sharing.

Make sure Bluetooth and WiFi are enabled

Verify that both you and the recipient have Bluetooth and WiFi turned on. If either of you has activated the personal hotspot, turning it off is essential, as it can interfere with the Airdrop process.

Change Airdrop settings

Check the Airdrop settings of the person you’re sending to. If their Airdrop is set to receive from Contacts Only, ensure you are listed in their Contacts. If you are, ensure your email address or mobile number is included in your contact card for Airdrop to function correctly.

If you’re not listed in their Contacts, ask them to temporarily change their Airdrop receiving setting to Everyone. This adjustment allows them to receive the file, even if you’re not in their Contacts. To change Airdrop setting, follow the steps below:

  • Go to the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on General.
  • In general settings, tap on AirDrop.
  • Now, tap on the Everyone for 10 Minutes option.

Allow Airdrop from screen time restrictions

Screen Time restrictions can also impact Airdrop functionality. If either device has Screen Time restrictions enabled, it might limit the ability to initiate Airdrop transfers. Review and adjust Screen Time settings to allow Airdrop functionality. To allow the Airdrop, follow the steps below:

  • Go to the Settings app on your iPhone, tap Screen Time, and then tap the Content & Privacy Restrictions option.
  • Now tap on the Allowed Apps option.
  • In the Allowed apps, turn the toggle on beside the Airdrop.

Reset Network settings

If the issue persists, consider resetting network settings on both devices to eliminate any potential configuration issues. Here are the steps to do that:

  • Open the Settings on your iPhone and tap on the General option.
  • Scroll down and tap on the Reset option.
  • Tap on the Reset Network Settings option.

Also read: How to change Airdrop name?


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