How to Change AirDrop Name in Seconds (Feb 2023)

Learn how to change AirDrop names on all your Apple devices!

What to Know

  • To change the AirDrop name of your iPhone, open the Phone app > Contacts > Your Contact Card > Edit > Enter your new AirDrop name.
  • If you want to change your iPad AirDrop name, open the Settings app > General > About > Name.
  • To change the AirDrop name of your Mac, click the Apple icon > System Settings > General > About > Name.

How do you change your AirDrop name? It’s easy and only takes a few seconds but will differ slightly between your Apple devices. You can change your AirDrop name to something more personalized to help you easily distinguish between devices. (You could even change the name to make fun requests from strangers in public areas, such as "Please Send Dog Pics!") Below, we'll cover how to change your AirDrop name.

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How to Change Your AirDrop Name on iPhone

If you're already in the sender's contacts and you've tried to change your AirDrop name by changing your device name in Settings, you've probably noticed that your iPhone AirDrop name remains unchanged. Changing your device name works for your Mac and iPad, but your iPhone AirDrop name is linked to your contacts. So to change the AirDrop name on an iPhone, you'll actually need to change the name listed in your contact card. Here's how to change AirDrop name on your iPhone:

  1. Open the Phone app and tap Contacts.

  2. Tap your contact card at the top.

  3. Tap Edit

  4. Tap the name fields to update how your name is listed.

  5. Tap Done to save your changes. 

Note: The steps above are only applicable if the person sending you photos or files over AirDrop already has your contact card saved. For iPhones that don't have your contact saved, changing your device name is enough.

That's how to change your AirDrop name on iPhone! You will now see the updated name when AirDropping files. Just keep in mind that when you change the name in your contact card, this will also be the name displayed if you share your contact card with a new acquaintance. To learn more about your Apple device features and handy shortcuts, sign up for our free Tip of the Day Newsletter. 

How to Change AirDrop Name on iPad

If you want to know how to change AirDrop name on your iPad, you can do so by simply changing your iPad device name. Just keep in mind that changing your iPad device name will also change the name displayed on Wi-Fi networks, in Find My, and when you connect your iPad to your computer. Here's how to change your AirDrop name on your iPad: 

  1. Open the Settings app and tap General.

  2. Tap About.

  3. Tap Name.

  4. Type the new AirDrop name.

You will now see the new name of your iPad when AirDropping files! 

How Do I Change My AirDrop Name on Mac?

As someone who owns several MacBooks, it can be confusing to figure out which MacBook Air I am AirDropping files to. Luckily, it is easy to change your MacBook name, so you can easily distinguish between devices when trying to AirDrop a file. Here's how to change the AirDrop name on your Mac: 

  1. Click the Apple icon in the top-left of your screen.

    Click the Apple icon in the top-left of your screen.
  2. Select System Settings.

    Select System Settings.
  3. Click General.

    Click General.
  4. Click About.

    Click About.
  5. Click Name, and type a new name for your Mac. Your changes will save automatically.

    Click Name, and type a new name for your Mac. Your changes will save automatically.

Note: You may need to restart your Mac before the new AirDrop name takes effect.

Now you know how to change the AirDrop name displayed on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Just remember that changing your AirDrop name can also change how your device is listed in other places, so if you use my silly "Send Me Dog Pics" example, this will be the name of your device on Find My and everywhere else as well. Now, you may want to learn how to update or change your Admin name on your Mac. And as an added bonus, if you've ever accidentally deleted a text and wished you could get it back (as I have), you can also learn how to retrieve deleted text messages on your iPhone.


How do I change my AirDrop name and picture?

If you follow the steps above for how to change AirDrop name on iPhone, once you reach step 4, you can simply tap your profile picture to edit it. This picture will be used for AirDrop.

How do I change my iPhone name?

Changing your device name only affects AirDrop for those not in your contacts (and those who do not have you saved in their contacts). Check out our article on how to change iPhone name to get started!

How to turn off AirDrop?

If you no longer wish to recieve photos or files over AirDrop, you can turn it off. Simply swipe down from the top right to open the Control Center, tap the upper left control group, tap the AirDrop icon, and tap Receiving Off. See this article on how to turn AirDrop on if you are having trouble.

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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life who lives in Hawaii. With a BA in International Relations from Anglo American University, Olena traveled the world. She has lived in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, China, and the USA. Olena won an excellence award for a controversial article, got a grant to blog from a war-zone, and published a short fictional story. She hopes to publish a full-length novel and continue writing up a storm on her blog The Travel Bug Bite! When she’s not typing or flying, she is loving on animals, crafting bizarre creations, and devouring all-you-can-eat sushi.