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How to change your AirDrop name

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Apple’s AirDrop feature allows you to transfer files wirelessly between various Apple devices. It was introduced in 2013 as part of iOS 7. Afterward, the feature was introduced to macOS and iPadOS.

AirDrop works with all recent iPhones, iPad Air, iPad Pro, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. AirDrop also works on any recent iPod device, such as the iPod Touch, iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, and iPod Classic.

Read our article on 9 AirPods tips and tricks that Apple never told you about.

How to change your AirDrop name on iPhone

Before you can use AirDrop, you must have an AirDrop name. This AirDrop name is what other Apple devices will use to identify and connect to your device.

Changing your AirDrop name is easy and straightforward, regardless of your reason for doing so.

This guide will show you how to change your AirDrop name on your Apple device.

Method One: Changing your iPhone name

The current name of your iPhone is the same as your iPhone’s AirDrop name. So, iPhone users can change their device name for a new AirDrop name.

To change an iPhone AirDrop name, here are the steps to follow:

  • Tap Settings on your iPhone home screen
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  • Scroll to General under Settings, and tap on it
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  • Tap About under the General menu. About is the first option on the menu list.
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  • Tap Name. Name should be the first option you’ll see under About. Now you can enter a new name for your iPhone.

The new name you enter will be your new AirDrop name.

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And that’s all. You just changed the AirDrop name of your iPhone.

Method Two: Updating your contact card

Updating your contact card will change the AirDrop name of your iPhone. Follow these steps to do so:

  • Launch the dialer or call app on your iPhone.
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  • Tap on Contacts at the bottom of your iPhone’s call or dialer app.
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  • Select your contact card. This should be the very first one at the top.
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  • Tap Edit at the top right corner of the screen.
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  • Enter a new contact card name, which will be your new AirDrop name.
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And that’s it. You just changed your AirDrop name by changing your contact card name,

How to change your AirDrop name on an iPad

The process for changing your AirDrop name on iPhone and iPad is similar. Take the following steps to change the AirDrop name on an iPad.

  • Launch the Settings icon on your iPad home page.
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  • Tap on General under the iPad settings
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  • Tap About under the General menu. About is the first option on the menu list.
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  • Tap on Name, the first option under About.
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  • Enter an AirDrop name of your choice. This is the name others will see when they want to AirDrop files to you.
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Why does my iPhone have a different name on AirDrop?

There are various reasons why your iPhone might show a different name when using AirDrop to share files. The most common fix is to change your iPhone’s name under the General settings. That should display the correct AirDrop name to everyone. You can then go to your contact card and edit your contact name there.

It could also be that your AirDrop receiving settings need to be rectified. You can fix this by going to your iPhone’s Control Center and navigating to AirDrop settings. Choose to receive from everyone instead of contacts only. This should display your proper AirDrop name to other devices when transferring files.

That’s it! That’s all you need to know on how to change your AirDrop name on Apple devices.

Visit the Apple website for more info on AirDrop.

FAQ

How do you rename AirDrop on iPhone?

You can use two methods to rename your AirDrop on your iPhone. You could change your iPhone name, or you could change your contact card name.

How do I change my name on AirDropping stuff?

If you are using an iPhone or iPad, you can change your AirDrop name under Settings>General>About>Name. For a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, you need to click on the Apple icon at the top left corner of the screen. You’ll then select System Preferences and change your computer name under Sharing.

Can you tell who AirDropped you?

You will see the device name before the file is sent via AirDrop. But once you’ve received the file, you can’t tell the person’s name.

Is AirDropping anonymous?

Apple’s AirDrop feature is not entirely anonymous. The device name or AirDrop name is shown to the receiver.

Can you be hacked through AirDrop?

Yes, you can be hacked through AirDrop. But this is rare. Some skilled hackers could get the email addresses and phone numbers of people using AirDrop.

How do you AirDrop to a stranger?

To AirDrop a stranger, you set your AirDrop settings as available to everyone. The stranger must have set theirs to the same settings. Then you can send a file to the stranger.

Do you have to have a phone number for AirDrop?

No, you don’t need a phone number to use Apple’s AirDrop feature. This is why MacBooks and other devices without cellular SIMs can AirDrop files.

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