How to add an AirDrop folder to your Mac’s Dock

“AirDrop is the fastest and easiest way to shuttle files and photos between iPhones and Macs,” Matt Elliott writes for CNET. “I use it to send screenshots from my iPhone to my Mac. I use it less frequently to send files from my Mac to my iPhone or another Mac, and each time I do, I dig around for it before giving up and using Spotlight to open it.”

“AirDrop is strangely omitted from the MacOS Dock, and there’s no clear way to add it,” Elliott writes. “Thanks to this How To Geek post, I discovered a roundabout way to add an AirDrop icon to your Mac’s Dock for even faster and easier AirDropping.”

1. Open Finder, click Go in the menu bar, and choose Go to Folder
2. Enter /System/Library/CoreServices/ and click Go
3. Drag the AirDrop icon from the Finder folder to your Dock and drop it

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, this works. Of course, you can also ask Siri to “Open AirDrop,” too.


  1. More dock clutter? No thanks. My personal opinion is the dock is great for launching frequently used apps. It sucks as a file navigation shortcut, unless you save all your files to one folder. YMMV

  2. I always send files via Share sheet that’s available with a right click. Received files always go to the regular Downloads folder be default.

    The AirDrop folder is for Macs more than about 5 years old that don’t support modern AirDrop (I think those are Macs build before BlueTooth 4).

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