Many people do not realize that AirDrop is always going to have vulnerabilities. As such, it can be important to track the files that you are being sent, especially if you have your AirDrop settings on “everyone” and are able to receive files for any device near you.
There is a lot of potential for unwanted material to slip through the cracks, so you should always spend some extra time and effort learning to protect yourself. But how can you find your AirDrop history and see what files were sent or received on specific dates?
Is AirDrop History Saved?
AirDrop does not document your history directly. This means that there is not a simple list you can check that tells you what was sent, limiting your options when it comes to tracking the files you have been moving around. However, there are other ways to keep track of what you got – and to protect yourself from unwanted files being sent your way.
The easiest way to keep track of any “history” is to simply turn off AirDrop when you are not actively using it. This means that you are only getting the files you actively wanted to receive, so a history list is not really even necessary.
However, there are other ways to make sure that you are not getting any data you did not want to. Even if you can’t see your history, you still have other options to help you.
Turn Off AirDrop
While we already said it above, it is important to remember that you can turn off AirDrop at any time, for any reason. If you are not using AirDrop, consider shutting it down or changing the settings to prevent random drops – this can completely prevent you from getting any kind of unwanted data, making it much easier to avoid these problems.
Turning off your AirDrop obviously stops you from using it, so this will not be a practical solution everywhere. However, it also means that you can completely prevent yourself from being accessed when you are not using AirDrop, and being conscious about turning it off regularly can remove any windows a malicious third party might have to access your data.
You can change the “Connect to Everyone” option to “Contacts Only,” locking out your AirDrop to anybody but the people on your contacts list. This means that unknown devices can’t access your AirDrop, making it impossible to have your data stolen or new data dropped in.
While this might not be the most convenient option if you are relying on AirDrop in the workplace, you can also toggle between the two settings at will. This means that you can choose the right setting for wherever you are, letting you secure your data when you are out in public.
While finding your AirDrop history might not be an option, it does not really need to be. As long as you are careful with how you use the app, you should not ever need to review the history since only you and the people you trust will access the platform and the data that you are storing within it.