Having trouble finding out where to turn on AirDrop? If you have found yourself hunting through your iPad's settings, you are looking in the wrong place. Apple wanted to make it easy to turn AirDrop on or off, so they put the setting in the new control panel. Unfortunately, this isn't the first place all of us look for turning on a settings.
You can access the new control panel by sliding up from the bottom of your iPad's screen. Remember, you need to start at the very edge. You can even start completely off the iPad's display if that helps. Find Out More About the New Control Panel
Once the control panel is revealed, you will have access to the AirDrop settings. You can turn it on, off or "contacts only", which is the default setting. Contacts Only means only people in your contacts list will be allowed to send you an AirDrop request.