How to Send Contact Info on iPhone with NameDrop in iOS 17

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NameDrop is a cool new feature that is available with Apple's most recent iOS 17 release. NameDrop effectively replaces the business card by making it super quick and easy to exchange contact cards with another iPhone user. Using the same technology as AirDrop, NameDrop lets users connect wirelessly by simply holding the iPhones close together. Here's how it works!

Why You'll Love This Tip:

  • Throw out your business cards and replace them with the new NameDrop feature available after updating to iOS 17.
  • A completely hands-free way to exchange contact info with another iPhone user as long as they are nearby.

How to Share Your Contact on iPhone with NameDrop

System Requirements

This tip works on iPhones running iOS 17. Find out how to update to iOS 17.

Because NameDrop uses the same technology as AirDrop, you will need to have certain settings enabled before you can get this feature to work. You will need to have AirDrop enabled, which means you will need to have access and be connected to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Additionally, both devices need to be updated to iOS 17 or later. If you like learning tips about the latest Apple software developments, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day!

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  1. Open the Control Center by swiping down from the upper right edge of your screen.

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  2. Tap and hold the upper left group of controls (Airplane mode, Cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth).

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  3. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on.

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  4. Tap AirDrop.

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  5. Tap Everyone for 10 Minutes. This will allow anyone to AirDrop data to you for the next 10 minutes. Both parties will need to do this.

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  6. From there, all you have to do is touch the tops of your iPhones together, and NameDrop should activate. You’ll be prompted to choose what information to share via NameDrop.

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  7. Once you make your selection, you’ll see your Contact Poster appear with options to either Share or Receive Only. Tap Share, and you and the other person will swap Contact Cards.

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  8. Tap Receive Only if you only want to receive the other person’s contact card without sending your own.

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  9. Tap Done to save the information to your Contacts.

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This will work the same way if you exchange information via Apple Watch. Hopefully, this cool new feature will work smoothly!

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Author Details

Rachel Needell

Rachel Needell is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and a poet and author. With 10-plus years of experience working with Apple devices, she specializes in all-things iPad and is a Notes App expert, having worked on both the 2023 iPad Guide and the Notes App Guide. You can usually find her writing in the Daily Tip newsletter as one of our senior Tip writers. Rachel received her Master’s degree in English Literature in 2021 and her most recent work appears in the Winter ’21 edition of New Note Poetry. When she’s not obsessing about Apple products, you can find her voraciously reading fantasy books with her cat in Asheville, North Carolina.