Disable AirDrop in Mac OS X Lion

Lion comes with this nifty option called AirDrop, which allows users to share files directly. In many environments, this represents a perceived security risk (whether real or not) and must be disabled. To disable AirDrop:

defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser DisableAirDrop -boolean YES

To turn it back on:

defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser DisableAirDrop -boolean NO

This is done per-user and so can also be done via Managed Preferences, profiles and/or at imaging time.


  • May 14, 2012 - 12:26 pm | Permalink

    I would like the option to turn off AirDrop but where (or how do I access the area to type) am I supposed to type in that line? In the web browser?

    • June 18, 2012 - 8:47 pm | Permalink

      You would use that in a Terminal window. I’ll try and be more specific about such things in the future.

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