AirDrop is a great way to share files and photos with other iPad users sitting close by. One person “pushes” the photo to another iPad, and the other person simply clicks on the Accept button to get a copy of it. Simple!
But what happens when someone you don’t know drops a file that you don’t want? What should a student do if they are getting photos that are offensive? Whether you like it or not, you will see a preview of the photo someone is trying to send to you through AirDrop. If that picture is inappropriate and you want to reject it, you are still going to see a small glimpse of the photo first.
So how do you deal with unwanted AirDropped photos? Turn off the AirDrop feature. You can turn AirDrop on and off very easily. Turn it on when your friend wants to send you something, and turn it off when you are not using it. AirDrop is not like email – it only works when someone is close by. You won’t miss a message because AirDrop is turned off.
So how do you turn AirDrop on and off? Open the Control Center which is the hidden menu you can get to by swiping your finger upwards from the bottom of the home screen. Tap on AirDrop to open the menu, then tap Off (which prevents everyone from trying to share files with you) or Contacts Only (which lets anyone in your contact list to still share files with you.
Go to Apple’s support page “iOS: Use AirDrop to wirelessly share content” to read more about how to use AirDrop to share files with people you know. Teachers and students can easily share files using AirDrop.