Apple's New 'NameDrop' Revolutionises Contact Sharing

By Samantha Cordell | February 13, 2024


In the ever-evolving landscape of smartphone technology, Apple continues to push the boundaries of innovation.

One such groundbreaking feature introduced with the rollout of iOS 17 is NameDrop. A convenient way to exchange contact information by simply tapping iPhones together. While this feature aims to streamline networking and social interactions, there are potential challenges, particularly for individuals juggling both personal and work phones. Let's dive into the details of NameDrop, its benefits, and the potential pitfalls, drawing inspiration from a CNBC article and a demonstration video.

NameDrop Overview

NameDrop, introduced with iOS 17, allows iPhone users to exchange contact information seamlessly by holding their phones or Apple Watch to iPhone in close proximity. This feature eliminates the need to recite phone numbers, manually input contact details, or worry about typos. With just a tap, the information transfers directly to your phone, enhancing the efficiency and accuracy of contact sharing.

How To Use NameDrop

The process is simple, as outlined in a CNBC article and demonstrated in a video [link to video]. To initiate the exchange:

  1. Unlock your iPhone (NameDrop won't work if your phone is locked).
  2. Hover the top of one phone just above the top of another phone.
  3. Wait for approximately three seconds, and a prompt will appear on your screen.
  4. Choose between "Receive Only" or "Share" and select the specific contact information you want to send.
  5. Both parties should press "Share" to exchange contact information.


Challenges: The Pocket Bump Scenario 

As convenient as NameDrop is, it brings about a potential challenge for individuals who carry both a work and a personal iPhone in their pockets. Imagine being at a crowded event, inadvertently bumping your phones together in your pocket, and unintentionally sharing contacts. This scenario highlights the importance of being mindful of NameDrop settings, especially when dealing with multiple personal and/or work devices.

Mitigating Risks and Ensuring Privacy

To avoid accidental contact sharing, users with multiple iPhones should take proactive steps. Apple allows users to choose what information they share during a NameDrop exchange, minimising the risk of divulging sensitive data. iPhone also enable users to turn off this contact sharing ability on devices as the user desires. It's crucial for users to be aware of these settings and make informed choices, especially in situations where unintentional contact sharing could occur.

How To Turn It Off:

  1. Unlock your iPhone.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Go To 'General'.
  4. Go To 'Airdrop'.
  5. Turn off 'Bringing Devices Together'
  6. You're done.

Apple's NameDrop feature in iOS 17 is undoubtedly a game-changer in simplifying contact sharing. Being mindful of NameDrop settings and understanding the process ensures that this innovative feature remains an improvement rather than a potential privacy concern. Stay connected, stay informed, and tap into the future of contact sharing with NameDrop!

Are you ensuring that your device settings are secure and after updates, only enabling what is safe and (if a work device) inline with company policy and guidelines? Read more about it in our Mastering MDM Blog here.

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About Samantha Cordell
Samantha Cordell

It is not surprising that our Head of Marketing, Samantha (Sam) has spent most of her (nearly) 30-year career in the IT industry. Sam studied a combination of computer science and marketing at the University of New England. Her dynamic, energetic and pragmatic style lends itself perfectly to tech. With a background working with major players such as Microsoft, Intel and Cisco Systems, Sam is energised by driving meaningful marketing outcomes for industry leaders.