Terminal 101: Enable AirDrop on an Older Mac



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Hi, This Didn't work, I've got a 2007 iMac, running the latest version of Yosemite, that I tried it on as thats the one that isn't showing Airdrop, any extra help you could provide?



How far back does this work? Have late 2008 macbook pro running Mountain Lion 10.8.5 (can't find Mavericks anywhere and heard Yosemite is a disaster for older machines).
I've tried the steps and nothing happens ??

// Also my terminal looks different than yours. //

Last login: Tue Dec 2 15:04:39 on console
denny-rambos-macbook-pro:~ dennyrambo$
denny-rambos-macbook-pro:~ dennyrambo$ defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces 1
denny-rambos-macbook-pro:~ dennyrambo$ sudo killall Finder
denny-rambos-macbook-pro:~ dennyrambo$

No "Password" request and extra text on every line?


Reano De Vitto

In my case, the older Mac is able to see the newer ones but the newer ones cannot see the old.

I am using a Macbook Pro Santa Rosa (pre-unibody, late 2007) and two Macbook Air Airdrop enabled.

Additional tips will be greatly appreciated.


Greg Sherman

This is a great tip. I can now transfer files easily from my older Mac Pro to my new Macbook Pro and Mac Mini. The only hiccup was that at first I didn't realize that I had to make the terminal changes on the newer Macs as well. Once I did this (with a restart), It works perfectly! Thanks for the tip.

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