AirDrop - Should it be this hard?

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Running OS X Yosemite. Wanted to do the AirDrop. Bluetooth and WiFI both on. How come I don't get the option to pick who should see me under the airdrop signal Do I have to select something in "Sharing" ? Here's what it look like. All the tutorials I've found on youtube show some text under the symbol that says "don't see who your looking for?" .... why not mine?

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Because newer Macs can create the connection to which yours can connect - supposedly.

Have a read through this article.

Based on all the hassles I've read - haven't even tried it since my Mac is older than that also.
 
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I've done the hack on an older MacBook (2008 model) and it works OK with a newer Mac or even an older one which has also been hacked. Personally, I do not find Air Drop to be useful even though my newer iMac supports it along with my iPhones.
 
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Thanks for all your help folks!! So glad to know it wasn't blatantly in front of me and I was missing it!
 

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I've done the hack on an older MacBook (2008 model) and it works OK with a newer Mac or even an older one which has also been hacked. Personally, I do not find Air Drop to be useful even though my newer iMac supports it along with my iPhones.

That's good to know. I was contemplating doing this when I read the article but needed to make sure I have a backup first. My Time Machine backups are not working at the moment because the Time Capsule is being a bit twitchy.
 

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