When iOS 11 arrived, AirDrop settings were removed from Control Center, well at least without an extra step. Follow along below for two ways to change AirDrop settings on iPhone and iPad.

We’ve updated this process for iOS 16 with a new article, check it out.

Whether you want to permanently change your AirDrop settings or toggle them based on your what you’re doing, AirDrop is a bit more buried with iOS 12 (and iOS 11) than before.

How to change AirDrop settings on iPhone and iPad

  1. Pull up Control Center
  2. Swipe down from the top right corner on iPhone X and up, or iPads running iOS 12. On iPhone 8/8 Plus and earlier or iPads running iOS 11 and earlier, swipe up from the bottom
  3. Firm press on the Wi-Fi/Cellular/Bluetooth tile
  4. Tap AirDrop
  5. Make your selection

Here’s how it looks on iPhone:

change AirDrop settings

Alternately, you can head into SettingsGeneralAirDrop to adjust your preferences.

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