Apple’s recent release of iOS 17 introduced a range of exciting features, including the NameDrop feature, which simplifies contact sharing between iPhones. Similar to AirDrop, NameDrop enables you to share contact details by bringing your iPhone close to another person’s iPhone. While it’s worth noting that this feature will also be available on Apple Watch in a future update, for now, it’s exclusive to iPhones.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use the NameDrop feature on iOS 17:
- Activate AirDrop: Start by enabling AirDrop on your iPhone. Go to Settings > General > AirDrop. Ensure that AirDrop is set to “Everyone” for seamless sharing. Both devices should also be running iOS 17.
- Initiate Sharing: Hold the top of your iPhone near the top of the other person’s device.
- Successful Pairing: A glowing indicator will appear at the top of both devices, signifying a successful connection. On both screens, you will see “NameDrop.”
- Choose Action: You have the option to choose “Share” or “Receive Only,” or even perform both actions simultaneously.
- Cancellation: To cancel the process, simply move the two devices apart before NameDrop completes the transfer.
It’s important to note that NameDrop is primarily designed for sharing new contact information and does not update existing contacts. If you wish to disable NameDrop, navigate to Settings > General > AirDrop and toggle off the “Bringing Devices Together” option.
While the NameDrop feature enhances contact sharing convenience, iOS 17 brings a host of other enhancements and features to iPhone users, such as StandBy Mode, Live Voicemail with real-time transcriptions, mental health features in the Health app, grocery lists in Reminders, and the introduction of the Apple Journal app. Additionally, Offline Maps make it possible to share AirTags and Find My-enabled accessories with other users.