NameDrop can be disabled for iPhone users by selecting the Bringing Devices Together option.
Earlier this month, Apple rolled out iOS 17 worldwide alongside the new iPhone 15 series. This latest version of the iPhone operating system boasts numerous intriguing features and enhancements, among which is the novel NameDrop feature. Functioning akin to AirDrop, NameDrop enables you to share contact information simply by bringing your iPhone close to another person’s iPhone. This functionality will also extend to Apple Watch later this year through an upcoming update.
Here’s how to utilize the NameDrop feature on iOS 17:
- Ensure both iPhones have AirDrop enabled. You can do this by navigating to Settings > General > AirDrop. Make sure AirDrop is set to “Everyone” and that both iPhones are running iOS 17.
- To exchange contact details with another iPhone, hold the top of your iPhone close to the top of the other person’s device.
- A glowing indication will emerge from the top of both devices, signifying a successful pairing, and the NameDrop option will appear on both screens.
- Continue holding the devices close together, and the NameDrop option will persist on both screens.
- You can opt to “Share,” “Receive Only,” or engage in both actions simultaneously.
- To cancel the transfer, simply move the two devices apart before NameDrop concludes.
It’s worth noting that NameDrop is designed for sending new contact information and does not update existing contacts. To deactivate NameDrop, you can access the settings by going to Settings > General > AirDrop and toggling the “Bringing Devices Together” option. Apple has already confirmed that an update later this year will bring NameDrop to Apple Watch.
Apple’s iOS 17 software has been accessible to eligible iPhone models for about a week now. Beyond the NameDrop feature, this latest operating system introduces various enhancements and fresh capabilities for iPhone users. These include StandBy Mode, a Live Voicemail feature that enables real-time transcriptions during calls, new mental health features in the Health app, grocery lists in Reminders, an Apple Journal app, and the ability to share AirTags and other Find My-enabled accessories with other users through Offline Maps.