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Airdrop and bluetooth in the classroom



Jayho
Australia

Airdrop and bluetooth in the classroom
 
Hi everyone
 
I use smartphones extensively in my adult classroom but I have a question about iPhones (because I donīt have one and 20% of the class does).
 
 
It is easy for students to share photos on android and windows phones using bluetooth.
 
But, bluetooth works differently on iPhones. And it seems Airdrop is the sharing medium for iOS products. 
 
 
These are my questions:
 
a) does Airdrop require WiFi access?
 
b) can iPhone students share photos / weblinks with other iPhone students using Airdrop?
 
c) Can iPhone students share photos / weblinks with android/windows phone students using Airdrop?
 
d) is there an alternative sharing method between iPhone and android/windows phone that is direct from one device to another that doesnīt require internet access?
 
Thanks, and cheers
 
Jayho

10 Oct 2015      



Tapioca
United Kingdom

a) does Airdrop require WiFi access?
Airdrop uses Bluetooth to find other users to share with and then looks for a wifi network to share stuff. If there isn īt a convenient wifi, it will send stuff using Bluetooth, though that is slower and less sure.
 
b) can iPhone students share photos / weblinks with other iPhone students using Airdrop?
Photos, yes. That īs exactly what it īs intended to do. Weblinks also, though you could also consider a group SMS  - for iPhone to iPhone this does not use the telephone carrier if the users have access to a wifi network or have a data allowance, so it īs either free or īkind of free ī in the sense that it only uses data. To use Airdrop, you need to have an iPhone 5 or later. More about Airdrop here.
 
c) Can iPhone students share photos / weblinks with android/windows phone students using Airdrop?
As far as I know, no they can īt (Airdrop is designed for Apple devices and Android phones use a different mehtod/system), but there are apps that both can download that they can use as alternatives. Have a look at this page.
 
d) is there an alternative sharing method between iPhone and android/windows phone that is direct from one device to another that doesn´t require internet access?
Yes, that page I mentioned above allows each phone, whether iPhone or Android to set up a kind of mini wifi network from the phone itself, which, as long as the devices are close to each other, allows them to share stuff.
 
You could also look at an app called Zapya for both Android and iPhones.
 
 
Hope that helps! Maybe you could set it as an exercise for your class, to research and then write a set of clear instructions on how to use one of these methods?
 
Tap

11 Oct 2015     



Jayho
Australia

Hi Tap
 
Thanks so much for your help.
 
Cheers
 
Jayho

14 Oct 2015