How To Completely Turn Off AirDrop On iPhone And iPad

Uzair Ghani
Completely turn off AirDrop on iPhone and iPad.

Don't want to use AirDrop at all on iPhone and iPad? Here's how you can you completely turn it off in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16.

You have the option to turn off AirDrop completely on iPhone and iPad if you don't find yourself using it at all

AirDrop is the best way to send photos, videos and files over to someone wirelessly if you live inside the Apple ecosystem. And in recent times, it has become a way to troll people as well.

See, the thing is, if you've set AirDrop to send and receive stuff from 'everyone,' it means your iPhone and iPad will show up for everyone, and they can send you file requests as well. Obviously, you can decline it, but it can turn into a nuisance if you don't ever use AirDrop at all, for whatever reason.

Today, we will walk you through the process of completely turning off AirDrop on your iPhone and iPad. It's way easier than you think, and it barely takes a couple of taps and under a minute of your time. This tutorial might actually end up saving you a little bit of battery life as well since you are essentially turning off AirDrop and services that make it run in the background.


Note: This tutorial is not applicable to those running the latest versions of iOS and iPadOS since it limited the 'Everyone' feature to just 10 minutes. Once the time is up, it reverts back to 'Contacts Only.'

Step 1. Launch the Settings app.

Step 2. Tap on General.

Step 3. Tap on AirDrop.

Step 4. Tap on Receiving Off.

From this point onwards, even if someone tries, your iPhone and iPad won't show up for the other person to troll around with.

Alternatively, you can turn off AirDrop from Control Center as well. Simply bring up Control Center, tap and hold on the wireless section to reveal more options, and then press and hold on AirDrop. Select Receiving Off.

In the latest versions of iOS and iPadOS, Apple has made an interesting change where you can't keep AirDrop enabled for everyone at all times. It is limited to just 10 minutes. For some people, this change came as bad news, and I believe otherwise because you shouldn't just be able to send anything to anyone at a subway station or restaurant.

What's your point of view on this?

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