Apple iDevice September 11, 2017

With iOS 11, Apple has redesigned the Control Center Yet again (that is twice in two years). This time, all the controllers are back to being on a single page. And they are all coordinated in self indulgent widgets. Yes, the exciting part is that we can now customize them as well.

But in this new layout, some attributes have ended up reshuffled. For Instance, if you swipe up from the base of the display to start the Control Center, you will not see the trusty AirDrop toggle anywhere. It’s there. It is just hidden behind a new widget that’s entirely dedicated to toggles. Here’s the way to get to and utilize the new AirDrop toggle in iOS 11.

How to Enable AirDrop From Control Center

Step 1: Swipe up from the bottom of the display to show the new Control Center.

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Step 2: You’ll see a box in the top-left that is Filled with all the toggles for items like Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth. If you are using an iPhone 6s or higher, 3D Touch anywhere on that widget. If you’re using an old iPhone that does not have 3D Touch features, tap and hold on that widget instead.

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Step 3: The widget will expand to take up the entire screen and low and behold, there is that AirDrop toggle from the bottom-left.

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Step 4: Tap on the AirDrop toggle and you’re going to get to a different pop up which will have the three choices you’re familiar with — Receiving Off, Contacts Only, and Everyone. Pick your poison and you’ll be straight back to the Control Center display.

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How to Enable AirDrop from Settings

Seeing as the Control Center alternative for AirDrop is kind of hidden, iOS 11 also has an official AirDrop section in the Settings.

Step 1: Open the Settings program.

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Step 2: Tap on General.

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Step 3: Select AirDrop. From here you will be able to switch between the three choices.

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