If you are new to AirDropping photos on a Mac or iPhone, you may feel lost regarding the destination/location. You may be wondering “Where do AirDrop photos go?”. Well, that’s normal. Many new users ask that all the time. While AirDrop is an easy file-sharing feature, looking for the photos can be frustrating.

That doesn’t have to be the case. If your AirDrop photos are not showing up in the place where you expect them to be or you simply do not know where they are, this article is for you. Below, we will tell you where the photos are on Mac and iPhone. We will also give a short tutorial on how to receive AirDrop photos on both devices. Read on for more details!

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Part 1: Where Do AirDrop Photos Go on Mac

Let’s start with Mac. If you’ve received files or photos via AirDrop with your Mac computer, by default, the destination is the Downloads folder. Yes! They’re actually easy to locate.

You may expect them to be in their respective folders (Photos, Videos, etc.), but they’re not. All of the AirDropped files, including word documents, are organized in the Downloads folder. You don’t need to look for them in other folders individually.

Steps to Find AirDrop Photos on Mac

In case it’s your first time receiving files/photos via AirDrop on Mac, here’s how to locate them.

Step 1

On your Mac, launch a new Finder window. Then, click the Go tab.

AirDrop Downloads Folder

Step 2

There will be a list of options. Choose Downloads and you should see the files/photos that were recently AirDropped.

That’s it. There’s no way the photos won’t show up there considering it’s the designated folder for AirDropped files. If you’re unable to find the AirDrop photos in the Downloads folder, the AirDrop transfer process probably failed.

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Part 2: Where Do AirDrop Photos Go on iPhone

As for iPhones, the location depends on the type of files received. If you have received AirDrop photos, you’ll be able to access them via the Photos app. They should automatically save and open there once received. Just make sure to accept the AirDrop request for the transfer to be successful.

iPhone Photos App

Once you get the photos, all you need to do is open the Photos app and you should see them on the Recent section. Other files such as contacts, presentations, documents, etc. are located in their respective apps.

Part 3: How to Receive Photos via AirDrop on Mac and iPhone

Now that you know where the AirDrop photos are located on Mac and iPhone, it’s time for you to learn how to receive them using AirDrop.

Steps to Receive Photos via AirDrop on Mac

Step 1

Launch Finder on your Mac computer. Hit the Go tab and some options will appear on the screen. Choose the AirDrop option.

AirDrop Mac

Step 2

The AirDrop window will appear. Click on the dropdown option at the bottom of the window. There, set it to Everyone or Contacts only depending on your situation with the source device. After that, you can start receiving photos.

Step to Receive Photos via AirDrop on iPhone

Step 1

Scroll up from the bottom of the screen to access the Control Center. There, turn on WIFI and Bluetooth and tap on the box containing them to reveal more options.

AirDrop iPhone

Step 2

If the AirDrop option isn’t green, tap on it and then choose Everyone or Contacts Only. Finally, exit the Control Panel and accept the AriDrop request when it comes in.

Bonus: Find AirDrop Photos That Are Not Showing Up with iCareFone

Sometimes, AirDrop photos on iPhone don’t show up even if the transfer was successful. It’s likely a sorting issue in the Photos app or there’s a glitch. This doesn’t mean you won’t ever see them. The good news is there’s an app called iCareFone that can thoroughly scan your iPhone and sort all your photos for you.

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  • Back up iPhone to computer and one-click to restore data

iCareFone is an iPhone data management app that allows you to scan, import, export, and delete photos and other files. In your case, you can use it just for scanning and locating your AirDrop photos.

Using the app is pretty simple, actually. You just need to install it on a computer (Mac or Windows) and connect the iPhone via a compatible USB-to-Lightning cable. From there, the app will automatically detect and scan all the files in the phone, You just need to make sure it’s awake and unlocked when you first connect it.

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After that, you just select the Photos tab, and you can see all the photos stored on the iPhone. The app even sorts them by album, library, and place/location. And the best part is you can sort them by days, months, or years. You can even set up two dates manually to sort photos that fall between them. This surely makes it easier for you to look for the AirDrop photos.

iCareFone Photos

Besides that, you don’t have to worry about the image type since iCareFone can also sort photos by type. And in case you happen to receive the same photos multiple times because you thought they didn’t come through, iCareFone has a Duplicate section you can check out.

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Conclusion

Where do AirDrop photos go on Mac or iPhone? Well, now you know. On Mac, they go only to one location and that is the Downloads Folder. As for the iPhone, the photos go directly to the Photos app. Hence, other files are also readily available on their respective apps.

Though it can be a bit challenging to locate AirDrop photos on an iPhone due to some issues, you can always use apps like iCareFone to scan and find them.

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