How to enable AirDrop on older iOS devices

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There are some remarkable moments in our life that we capture with the cameras of our iOS devices. Sometimes we want to share these precious memories with our family or friends. We can share pictures, videos using mail and other social services. But what if we want to share it directly from one iPhone to other iPhone, iPod touch or iPad? Previous versions of iOS had no option for quick sharing. The only way to transfer your photos, videos etc. was to transfer to computer or email directly from iOS device. But iOS 7 brought a useful new feature called AirDrop. It even features ability to send or receive a handful of other types of files.

AirDrop allows you to share photos, videos, websites, locations, notes, contacts and more. However there is a restriction, Apple has limited the availability of AirDrop to iPhone 5, iPad mini, iPad (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), and later iOS devices. But if you’re on a jailbroken iPhone 4, 4S or iPad (3rd generation) then you are lucky enough to get this useful feature for free using a simple Cydia tweak.

Follow the simple steps below to enable AirDrop on your iPhone 4, 4S or iPad (3rd generation) running iOS 7.

  • Add the following repo to Cydia. If you don’t know how to do it, follow the guide here.

Repo address:

  • Tap the ‘Search’ tab at bottom, and search for ‘AirDrop Enabler for iOS 7.0+’.
  • Select the tweak from list and install it.
  • Restart Springboard.
  • Done!
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  1. You can enable it but what for? Already tried it and I can’t share to newer devices due to hardware differences.

    1. Make sure that AirDrop is active on both devices and is discoverable for everyone.
      We have tested it on iPad 3rd gen. and successfully transferred photos from iPad 3rd gen. to iPhone 5s. However there is a bug because sometimes it may stop working or make you wait longer.

  2. You idiot, only iPad 3 can do it. 4 and 4S run on 2.4 Ghz which obviously can’t support the AirDrop.
    Whereas, iPad 3 is just 95% the iPad4 so it works.

  3. Don’t Waste time it won’t work, I have iPad 3 iPhone 4, 4s and i5 i5s. Only with apple official support hack don’t work .

  4. Damn, only works on iPad 3. I knew airdrop was a hardware thing and it’s a shame it doesn’t actually work on iPhone 4 & 4s and iPad 2

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