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Why are Airdropped photos not showing up? Quick Fix

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Airdropping photos between Apple devices has simplified the sharing process, but encountering issues where the transferred photos fail to appear can be frustrating. Whether missing photos or a failed transfer, resolving these glitches is possible with a few troubleshooting steps.

This article discusses various reasons for issues with Airdropped photos and a few methods that might resolve this issue.

Are airdropped photos not showing up? Common reasons

Airdropped photos might not be showing up on your iPhone because of various reasons, and they are mentioned below:

  • Temporary system glitches.
  • Insufficient storage.
  • Outdated software.

Also read: How many photos can you Airdrop at once?

How to fix the issue?

Below, we have explained the steps that might help you fix the issue:

Restart both devices

A simple fix for this issue is to restart both the sending and receiving devices. This action can clear temporary glitches and refresh system processes, potentially resolving Airdrop issues.

Keep device close

Maintain a close distance between the devices while airdropping. The transfer might not work well if there’s too much distance or interference between them. Make sure the devices are near each other to avoid any problems.

Check the storage

Insufficient storage space on the receiving device can cause airdropped photos not to appear. Ensure there’s enough space available to receive and store the transferred photos.

On iPhone

  • Go to the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on General.
  • Tap on the iPhone Storage option.
  • You will see your total and occupied storage with various other details.

On Mac

Step 1: Click on the Apple menu, then click on the System Settings option in the dropdown menu.

Step 2: Click on the General option in the sidebar, and then on the right side of the screen, click on Storage.

Step 3: Check the storage and clear some storage if it’s full or doesn’t have enough space to accommodate the images you Airdropped.

Also read: Can you see the Airdrop history?

Send images in small groups

Sharing a small amount of photos using Airdrop is usually smooth, but dealing with many image files might run into issues. To ensure a successful transfer, sending your photos in smaller batches is suggested. Instead of sending a large batch, consider AirDropping less than 50 photos simultaneously for a more reliable transfer.

Update the devices

This issue with Airdrop may also be caused by Outdated software. Check for software updates on both devices and install any available updates.

On iPhone

  • Go to the Settings app and tap on General.
  • Tap on Software Update.
  • If there are any updates available, download and install them.

On Mac

Step 1: Click on the Apple menu, then click on the System Settings option in the dropdown menu.

Step 2: In system settings, click on the General option in the sidebar and then click on the Software Update option on the right.

Step 3: If you have any available macOS updates, install them.

Also read: How to change Airdrop name?

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