In iOS 17, there’s a new AirDrop feature that lets you exchange contact information with someone by tapping two iPhones together. It’s called NameDrop and here’s how it works.
Instead of typing in someone new’s number to call or text them so they have your number, NameDrop lets you simply hold your iPhone near their iPhone to exchange contact information.
When you bring two devices together, a contact sharing interface will automatically appear. Tapping the popup will reveal a person’s contact information and the contact poster (a photo of yourself that you can customize and edit, also new in iOS 17). The screen also includes options to “Receive Only” or share your own contact information in response.
You can choose the phone number and email address you want to share with someone on the other end of the line, and if someone is already in your Contacts app, their contact information will be updated. Additionally, NameDrop works between two iPhones running iOS 17, and between an iOS 17 iPhone and an Apple Watch running watchOS 10.
Enable or disable NameDrop
We’re used to sharing contacts via the Share Sheet, but NameDrop makes it virtually effortless to give someone your contact information. Of course, if you don’t like the idea of NameDrop, you can disable it. This is how it works in iOS 17.
- Open the Institutions app.
- Tap on to General -> AirDrop.
- Set the switch next to Bringing devices together on or off.
That’s all there is to it. Please note that disabling this setting will also prevent the new AirDrop proximity sharing feature. To learn how that works, check out our special AirDrop Proximity Sharing how-to.