How to use NameDrop on iPhones (iOS 17)

Apple has made it even easier to share contacts through the iOS 17 update. iOS 17 is now available to the public. Among the new features in iOS 17, NameDrop has garnered considerable attention for all the right reasons. If you own an iPhone and have updated to iOS 17, this guide will show you how to effortlessly share contacts using NameDrop. Let’s explore how to use NameDrop on iOS 17.

What is NameDrop?

NameDrop is a new feature introduced with iOS 17 that enables users to exchange contact details between two iPhones or between an iPhone and an Apple Watch. It functions by bringing the tops of iPhones close to each other or near an Apple Watch. This eliminates the need for manually typing in contact details to save friends and family contacts. It is a AirDrop function.

Now, you might be curious about security. The good news is that you have full control over which parts of the contact information you want to share with the other iPhone user. The seamless interface makes the process highly convenient.

However, using NameDrop requires some specific setup. As soon as you update your iPhone to iOS 17, you can configure it to ensure that Namedrop works as expected when you want to use it.

First, ensure that both iPhones are running iOS 17 or a later version. If you intend to share contact details between an iPhone and an Apple Watch, make sure your Watch is running watchOS 10 or a newer version. It’s worth noting that this feature will become available on Apple Watch later this year, so for now, you can exclusively use Namedrop on iPhones.

Setup Your Contact

Before you start using NameDrop, you’ll need to set up your contact card, which will be shared with your friends when you use NameDrop.

With iOS 17, Apple also introduced the Contact Poster feature, allowing you to customize your contacts on your device according to your preferences. How does this play a role in NameDrop? Well, who wouldn’t want to make their contact poster more appealing? The Contact Poster feature also lets you choose which contact details you want to share when initiating NameDrop.

Step 1: Open Contacts app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Tap on your card which should be on the top.

How to use Namedrop on iPhone

Step 3: Make sure your contact details are up to date (Contact number and email).

Step 4: Tap the Edit button, followed by Contact Photo & Poster.

How to use Namedrop on iPhone

Step 5: Enable Name & Photo Sharing if you want them to be shared when you NameDrop. Also you can select what to share Automatically.

How to use Namedrop on iPhone

You can setup your contact poster in the Edit button. You can select from various customization such as text, depth effect, sticker/memoji/photo and more items.

Now that your Contact is up to date and ready for namedrop, you still have to make sure the sharing is enabled in AirDrop since this is a AirDrop function.

How to Enable NameDrop on iPhones

For this method to work, there is one option that should be enabled. If you don’t know whether its On or not, you can follow these steps to check it as well.

Step 1: Open Settings on your iPhone.

Step 2: Go to General > AirDrop.

How to use Namedrop on iPhone

Step 3: Now in the AirDrop page, enable the option ‘Bringing Devices Together’.

How to use Namedrop on iPhone

If you prefer not to share your contact details through NameDrop, you can easily turn it off. If you have concerns that NameDrop might activate automatically as soon as two iPhones are close, but it only activates when the tops of both iPhones are brought into contact, ensuring you don’t accidentally share your contact with unknown users. Additionally, you’ll have the option to decide whether you want to share your details once NameDrop is triggered.

How to NameDrop on iPhone

Since it is an AirDrop function, make sure that bluetooth and Wifi is enabled on both iPhones. Also both iPhones must be running on iOS 17 or later. And the above mentioned option must be enabled on both iPhones as well. Now let’s see how it works.

How to use Namedrop on iPhone

To initiate NameDrop, simply hold two iPhones close to each other, ensuring that their tops are almost in touch. You’ll notice a glowing animation when NameDrop triggers. Both iPhones will then receive the contact poster in full screen format or as a notification. You can tap the notification option to expand it.

There will be two options, Receive Only and Share. You can also control what information you want to share.

If you want to cancel the transfer, just move away or take away both iPhones out of the range.

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Ashutosh singh

Computer Science graduate and tech enthusiast. Love testing new tech gadgets ever since my first windows phone from Samsung. Working as a technical writer for more than five years, and I believe I have also developed good SEO skills. In my spare time, I like watching movies, and playing games.

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