Apple has introduced a new feature called NameDrop, which allows iPhone users to share their contact information with each other by simply tapping their phones together. This feature is part of the iOS 17 update, which also brings other enhancements such as StandBy mode and the Journal app. Here’s everything you need to know about NameDrop and how to use it.
What is NameDrop and how does it work?
NameDrop is a new AirDrop experience that lets you share your contact information with only your intended recipients. You can choose what information you want to share, such as your name, phone number, email address, or social media handles. You don’t have to worry about accidentally sending personal information to strangers or typing in wrong numbers.
To use NameDrop, you need to have an iPhone that supports iOS 17 and have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi turned on. Then, you just have to hold the top of your iPhone near the top of another iPhone until a glow appears on both devices. This indicates that a connection is being made. Next, you will see NameDrop on both screens, with two options: Receive Only or Share. If you select Receive Only, you will get the other person’s contact card. If you select Share, you will also send your own contact card to them. To cancel, you can move the phones away from each other before NameDrop completes.
How to turn NameDrop on or off?
NameDrop is enabled by default when you update to iOS 17, but you can turn it off if you don’t want to use it. To do so, you have to open the Settings app, tap on General, and then tap on AirDrop. There, you will see a toggle for Bring Devices Together, which is the option for NameDrop. You can switch it off or on as you like.
What are the benefits of NameDrop?
NameDrop is a convenient and fast way to share your contact information with new people, such as friends, colleagues, or business partners. You don’t have to hand over your phone to someone else or scan a QR code or type in a long string of digits. You can also avoid spam calls or messages from unknown numbers by only sharing your contact information with people you trust. NameDrop is also secure and private, as it uses encryption and does not store any data on Apple servers.
What are the limitations of NameDrop?
NameDrop is only available for iPhone users who have updated to iOS 17. It does not work with other devices, such as Android phones, tablets, or computers. It also does not work with older iPhones that do not support iOS 17. NameDrop only works for sending new contact information, not updating an existing contact. If you want to edit or delete a contact, you have to use the Contacts app on your iPhone.
When will NameDrop be available for Apple Watch?
Apple has announced that NameDrop will also be coming to Apple Watch later this year, as part of the watchOS 9 update. This will allow you to share your contact information with another Apple Watch user by simply bringing your wrists together. You will also be able to use NameDrop with your iPhone and Apple Watch together, for example, if you want to share your contact information with someone who has an iPhone but not an Apple Watch, or vice versa.