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AirDrop Not Showing Up on Mac/MacBook, Why & How to Fix 2024

Updated on Saturday, January 6, 2024

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Fix AirDrop Not Showing Up on Mac Finder/Right-click Menu

Summary: This post is specifically for fixing AirDrop that's not showing up on your Mac, including AirDrop not showing up on Mac Finder, AirDrop 'Allow me to be discovered by' not showing up on Mac, and AirDrop not showing up on Mac right-click menu. After trying the ways in this post, you can airdrop files on your Mac successfully.

AirDrop not showing up on Mac

AirDrop is an acknowledged most convenient file-sharing tool for Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod users. You can use it to quickly and wirelessly share images, documents, links, videos, and other types of files across Apple devices.

However, suddenly AirDrop is not working on your Mac. You encounter these situations of AirDrop not showing up on your MacBook:

  • No AirDrop shows up on the Finder sidebar.
  • No 'Allow me to be discovered by' option is displayed on the AirDrop window.
  • When you right-click to airdrop some files from your MacBook, only to find AirDrop is not showing up on the right-click menu.

Whichever your case is, this article can help you out with the AirDrop not showing up on Mac issue. Then, you can use AirDrop to send files from your Mac to your iPhone, iPad, or another Mac machine smoothly.

ScenariosWorkarounds
AirDrop not showing up on Mac Finder1. Reset Finder settings 
2. Change to open AirDrop from the Finder Go menu
AirDrop 'Allow me to be discovered by' not showing up on Mac 1.  Re-enable AirDrop in the Control Center 
2.  Disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and then on 
3.  Put the devices closer 
4.  Check the firewall settings of your Mac 
5.  Restart your Mac 
6.  Update Mac
AirDrop not showing up on the Mac's right-click menu1. Click the Share button on the right-click menu and then select AirDrop. 
2. Use iBoysoft MagicMenu to directly add AirDrop onto the right-click menu.

If you want to quickly airdrop contents from your Mac to other Apple devices rather than opening Finder, free download iBoysoft MagicMenu to realize airdrop with one click.

Guide to fixing AirDrop not showing up on Mac:

Why is AirDrop not showing up on your Mac?

AirDrop is a built-in tool on your Mac. If AirDrop is not showing up on your Mac Finder sidebar, it is probably because you haven't set it to appear on the sidebar.

If the 'Allow me to be discovered by' option isn't displayed on the AirDrop window or AirDrop not displaying on the context menu, the reasons are various, including AirDrop bugs, system errors, incorrect settings for AirDrop, etc.

AirDrop not showing up on Mac Finder, how to fix?

If you're going to turn on and use AirDrop on your Mac but can't find and use AirDrop from the Finder sidebar, you can follow the solutions below.

AirDrop not showing up on Mac Finder

Reset Finder settings

The missing AirDrop on the Finder sidebar is due to your settings. You can reset Finder preferences to show AirDrop on the sidebar again.

  1. Open Finder and click Finder on the top menu bar, then choose Settings.
  2. Select Sidebar.
  3. Under the Favorites section, tick AirDrop. 
    reset Finder sidebar settings

Change to open AirDrop from the Finder Go menu

If AirDrop still not showing up on Mac Finder, switch to open the AirDrop window from the Finder Go menu.

  1. Launch Finder and then click Go on the top menu bar.
  2. Select AirDrop. 
    open AirDrop from Finder Go menu

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AirDrop 'Allow me to be discovered by' not showing up on Mac, how to fix?

Unfortunately, the 'Allow me to be discovered by' option doesn't show up on the AirDrop window on your Mac, causing you to fail to change the settings to allow others to share files with you.

AirDrop allow me to be discovered by not showing

To make the 'Allow me to be discovered by' option visible, you can follow the ways below.

Re-enable AirDrop in the Control Center

AirDrop may come out with temporary errors, leading to the 'Allow me to be discovered by' option being hidden. You can turn off AirDrop and then on from the Control Center to trigger the 'Allow me to be discovered by' option showing up on the AirDrop window.

enable AirDrop from Control Centre

Or, you can also directly change the discoverable range from the Control Center.

Disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and then on

The preconditions to airdrop contents between Apple devices are both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are turned on. So, if AirDrop doesn't work properly on your Mac like you are unable to change the settings for discoverability in AirDrop, you can disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for a while and then on.

Put the devices closer

The discoverability option is always listed at the bottom of the AirDrop window by default. When it disappears, you should consider if the distance between your Mac and other devices is too far. No devices in the nearby misleading AirDrop 'Allow me to be discovered by' not showing up on your Mac.

The two devices should be kept within 30 feet (9 meters) of each other. So, simply put devices closer and re-launch the AirDrop window to see if the option pops up again.

Check the Firewall settings of your Mac

If you've enabled Firewall on your Mac and blocked all incoming connections, you won't see other devices in AirDrop. This may result in the 'Allow me to be discovered by' not showing up.

To fix that, you can reset the firewall on your Mac.

  1. Click the Apple menu > System Settings > Network.
  2. Click Firewall on the right panel > Options.
  3. Turn off "Block all incoming connections." 
    disable firewall block all incoming connections

Or, you can turn off the firewall on your Mac.

Restart your Mac

It can't be excluded that your Mac has certain software bugs, making the AirDrop not show up on your Mac. You can restart your Mac to refresh the system and clear up possible software errors.

Update Mac

If the above methods are still unable to let the 'Allow me to be discovered by' display on the AirDrop window, the last trial is to update your Mac to the latest version. Updating macOS can fix existing errors that result in your Mac's abnormal performance.

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AirDrop not showing up on the Mac right-click menu, how to fix?

The AirDrop option is not directly showing up on your Mac right-click menu but on the Share sub-menu. When you right-click the file or folder you want to share, you need to select the Share button on the right-click menu and then choose AirDrop.

If you think that it is time-wasting to airdrop a file through several clicks, you can use iBoysoft MagicMenu to add AirDrop on your right-click menu for instant file sharing. This right-click enhancer can help you add frequently-used options like AirDrop, Cut, Copy as Pathname, Image Convert, Duplicate Files Finder, etc. to your right-click menu for quicker access.

  1. Simply download, install, and open iBoysoft MagicMenuon your Mac.
  2. Select Extension and then click the download button next to AirDrop. 
    iBoysoft MagicMenu AirDrop

Then, anytime you right-click a target file or folder, you can directly select AirDrop to transfer it to the recipient.

right click to AirDrop files on Mac

 

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FAQs about AirDrop not showing up on Mac

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If your Mac runs macOS 11 and later, click AirDrop on the Control Centre to turn on it. If your Mac runs macOS 10.15 and earlier, open Finder, click AirDrop from the sidebar, and then select Contacts Only or Everyone from the 'Allow me to be discovered by' option.

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You need to launch Finder, click AirDrop from the sidebar or click Go on the menu bar > AirDrop to open the Finder window. Then, select Contacts Only or Everyone from the 'Allow me to be discovered by' option.

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When a sender shares a file or folder with you, your Mac will receive a pop-up to alert you to accept or decline it. Simply click Accept to receive AirDrop on your Mac.