Earlier this month, Apple rolled out iOS 17 worldwide, coinciding with the release of the new iPhone 15 series. This latest iteration of the iPhone operating system comes with a host of intriguing features and enhancements, including the notable NameDrop feature. NameDrop functions similarly to AirDrop, enabling users to share contact details by simply bringing their iPhone close to another person’s iPhone. It’s worth noting that this functionality can also be achieved by pairing an iPhone with an Apple Watch. However, Apple has announced that it will introduce this feature to the wearable through a future update later this year.
Here’s how to utilize the NameDrop feature on iOS 17:
1. Ensure that AirDrop is enabled on your iPhone by going to Settings > General > AirDrop. Make sure AirDrop is set to “Everyone” on both iPhones, and ensure that both devices are running iOS 17.
2. Hold the top of your iPhone near the top of the other person’s device.
3. A glowing effect will emanate from the top of both devices, indicating a successful pairing, and the NameDrop option will appear on both screens.
4. Continue holding, and NameDrop will be visible on both screens.
5. You can select to “Share,” “Receive Only,” or perform both actions simultaneously.
6. To cancel the process, simply move the two devices away from each other before NameDrop completes.
It’s important to note that NameDrop is designed for sharing new contact information and does not update existing contacts. If you wish to disable NameDrop, you can do so by navigating to Settings > General > AirDrop and toggling off the “Bringing Devices Together” option. Apple has also confirmed that NameDrop will be introduced to the Apple Watch via a forthcoming update later this year.
iOS 17 brings a plethora of enhancements and features to eligible iPhone models. In addition to NameDrop, it introduces StandBy Mode and a Live Voicemail feature that provides real-time transcription while a caller is speaking. The Health app offers new mental health features, and Reminders now include grocery lists. Furthermore, iOS 17 debuts an Apple Journal app, and Offline Maps allow users to share AirTags and other Find My-enabled accessories with fellow users.