Having trouble AirDropping? Here are a couple of tips that may help.

iOS to Mac

If you are having trouble AirDropping to a Mac from an iOS device – like I do frequently and randomly – then it may be that for some reason your Mac’s Bluetooth connection is not “visible” to the iOS device.  There is a way that should force the Mac to reveal itself to your phone / iPad.  In the menu bar click the Bluetooth icon and select “Open Bluetooth Preferences…”  A System Preferences window will open, leave it open and try the AirDrop again.

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Hopefully you have Bluetooth visible in the menu bar, if not just open System Preferences and select Bluetooth.

Mac or iOS to iOS

If you can’t find your iOS device as an option in AirDrop maybe Do Not Disturb (DnD) is on, if so that will deactivate AirDrop.  The solution is to turn off DnD : )  If DnD is active a crescent moon will display in your status bar, you can deactivate it by pulling up Control Centre and tapping the crescent moon icon.

Do_not_disturb_turns_AirDrop_offI hope that if AirDrop woes have been getting you down, like they have for me, that these tips helped you!

How to make Time Machine backups a bit more efficient

If you use a Mac, have Time Machine keeping a regular back up and use a cloud storage service (Dropbox, Box, Drive, One Drive, Tresorit, etc) you might be able to tweak your setting to make Time Machine more efficient and require less space.  By using a cloud storage service you are already keeping a regular backup of your most frequently used documents and files, so there is probably no need for you to keep another backup of them with Time Machine.  You might want the extra piece of mind of a backup on your own premises and in your control, but that said you already trust your cloud service(s) so Time Machine doesn’t offer much more.
Should you want to exclude the files in your cloud storage from Time Machine here are the instructions – screenshots in the slideshow below.
  1. Click Time Machine icon in menu bar and select Open Time Machine Preferences…
  2. If the icon is not visible then open System Preferences and choose Time Machine.
  3. Click the Options… button in the bottom right of the screen.
  4. Click the + to add a new folder to exclude from the back up.
  5. In the file browser that opens navigate to the folder you want to exclude, select it and then click Exclude (or hit Enter).  You can also select very large files that aren’t important for a backup.  For example I have an installer for OS X Lion that I don’t mind if I lose.

Click to add these instructions to your Evernote account (including screenshots).

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