How to use NameDrop in iOS 17 on iPhone

One of the coolest features of iOS 17, NameDrop is finally available for use with the release of the iOS 17 Developer Beta 2 update. In fact, this feature alone has a major share of the limelight of iOS 17. NameDrop lets you allows you to exchange contact information by simply bringing two iPhones together or an iPhone and an Apple Watch. And oh, the animation and visuals are what captivated everyone. So, you no longer need to enter contact details manually. The best thing about NameDrop is that it’s built right into AirDrop, so it’s lightning fast. Trust me, the process works like magic. So, let’s get started and see how to use NameDrop in iOS 17 on your iPhone.

Prerequisites for using the NameDrop function in iOS 17

Although the NameDrop feature was announced with iOS 17, it was not available in iOS 17 Developer Beta 1. However, with the release of iOS 17 Developer Beta 2, you can now use NameDrop on your iPhone. That said, here are a few things to keep in mind before proceeding any further:

  1. To use NameDrop, make sure both iPhones have iOS 17 Developer Beta 2 installed.
  2. The NameDrop feature works using the NFC chip, so the idea is to make sure the tops of the iPhones (where you see the earpiece and front-facing camera) are closest to each other. You can bring the top half of the two phones close together or place one phone on top of the other.
  3. Since iOS 17 is currently in beta, the NameDrop feature may not work as expected at times. You may need to turn on AirDrop or lock/unlock your iPhone screen for it to work.

1. On both iPhones, swipe down from the top right to open Control Center.

2. Touch and hold the network lock (where Wi-Fi, mobile data and airplane mode are displayed) and .

3. Tap the AirDrop icon and choose All for 10 minutes.

4. Now bring the two iPhones together. You’ll see a glowing animation on the top half of both iPhones.

5. Contact posters in iOS 17 (if created) will appear on both iPhones. You can choose to Share or receive only.

6. If you want to share contact details, tap Share and the other person could choose Receive only to get your information or Share if you want to share your contact details too.

7. If you only want to receive contact details but don’t want to share yours, tap the Receive only button.

8. Contact details including email address, phone number, contact poster and other information will be shared between devices.

9. Finally, tap Done to save the received contact data. You can too edit the received contact.

If you’ve shared contact details once, you’ll see an AirDrop notification at the top when you try to use NameDrop again. When you tap the notification, you’ll see the contact card. With the NameDrop feature, iOS 17 Developer Beta 2 also brings support for touching the two iPhones to share files via AirDrop. So, if AirDrop doesn’t show up on nearby devices next time, you can hold the top of your iPhone close to another iPhone for AirDrop files.

Frequent questions

What is NameDrop in iOS 17?

NameDrop is a new facet of AirDrop in iOS 17 that lets you share contact details by touching your iPhone to another iPhone or even an Apple Watch. You can also share content or launch SharePlay to play a game, watch a movie or listen to a song when two compatible iPhones are close together.

Can I use NameDrop on my iPhone?

You can use the NameDrop feature on an iPhone XR or newer model running iOS 17 Beta 2.

Why can’t I use NameDrop on my iPhone?

The NameDrop feature is only available on iOS 17 Beta 2. If you’re using an iPhone XR or later with iOS 17 Developer 2 and you still can’t use NameDrop, try the following:
1. Make sure the other person also has iOS 17 Developer Beta 2 installed.
2. Make sure you’ve enabled AirDrop for everyone on both devices.
3. Double check if both iPhones are close.

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