How to Share Files Between a Mac (OSX 10.8) and an iPhone or iPad (iOS 7) with AirDrop

AirDrop, or AirUseless?

AirDrop, or AirUseless?

Sorry to disappoint, but you can’t. Apple, in their infinite wisdom, decided to create a technology that is locked into separate, parallel worlds. You can Airdrop between Macs, and you can Airdrop between iOS devices such as iPhone and iPad (assuming you are running iOS 7 and have a supported device).

It’s not obvious in the Apple documentation, or on other help sites, that this functionality just doesn’t exist to transfer a file from a Mac to an iPhone or iPad, or visa-versa. So today, when I wanted to transfer a PDF document I’d edited on the Mac to the iPad so that I could have it with me later today for a presentation, I wasted a good half an hour trying to figure out why they wouldn’t talk to each other before I stumbled across a website that pointed out that you can’t.

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