How to Enable and Use AirDrop Over Internet on iPhone [iOS 17.1]

iOS 17.1 is finally here and it comes with a slew of new features. The first big incremental upgrade for iOS 17, brings numerous useful changes to the iPhone and one of the key feature coming with this update is AirDrop Over Internet.

This means that file sharing will now work seamlessly, even when you go out of the range – it can be shared over the internet. Read on to learn how AirDrop Over Internet functions and how to enable this feature on your iPhone.

AirDrop is Apple’s solution for seamless file sharing between Apple devices, including the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. This year, with iOS 17, Apple has introduced significant improvements to AirDrop, including the new feature called NameDrop for instant contact sharing. And now the tech giant has released another upgrade to its file sharing service, dubbed, share files using Cellular Data or over the internet.

So, What is AirDrop Over the Internet and How does it work? Let’s find out.

Prior to the release of the new feature, all files were securely shared over WiFi and Bluetooth, but this method only worked within a certain range. If you went out of range, the transfer would stop. Now, with the introduction of this new feature, file transfers can be completed over the Internet. Obviously, the data will get consumed to share files, you can use both cellular data or WiFi to get things done.

If you are sharing a photo and for some reason you go out of range, then the photo will automatically share through the internet, make sure the AirDrop Over Internet is enabled in the Settings. So, let’s check how you can activate the new feature.

How to Turn On AirDrop Over Internet on your iPhone

If you want to get access to the new feature, then your iPhone needs to be running on iOS 17.1. The update is already available to the public, you can check the software update settings if your iPhone is still on older software version.

If you are already on the new software and want to know how to activate the new functionality, you can follow these steps.

How to Enable and Use AirDrop Over Internet on iPhone
  1. Open Settings on your iPhone running on iOS 17.1.
  2. Scroll down and select General.
  3. Now tap AirDrop.
  4. First things first, check if AirDrop is activated or not, you can activate by selecting Contacts Only or Everyone for 10 minutes option.
  5. Next, turn the toggle on for Use Cellular Data option to transfer files over the internet.
  6. That’s it.

If for some reason you want to deactivate the new feature, you can turn the toggle off for Use Cellular Data in the AirDrop Settings.

Now whenever you go out of range, you will see Using Mobile Data option on the AirDrop’s file sharing popup on your iPhone 15’s Dynamic Island or the same on older iPhones. Obviously, the files sharing over cellular data will take some time to get completed depending on the speed of data you’re getting in real-time. Both you and the recipient will be able to monitor the progress on the screen.

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