iOS 17 Name Drop: Your digital business card

Emre Çitak
Jul 24, 2023

iOS 17 is the latest major release of Apple's mobile operating system. It was announced at WWDC 2023 and released to the public in September 2023. iOS 17 includes a number of new features and improvements, including a redesigned lock screen, a new Messages app, and a more powerful Photos app.

One of the most interesting new features in iOS 17 is Name Drop. Name Drop is a new way to share contact information with others. It works by using Bluetooth to detect when two iPhones are close to each other.

iOS 17 Name Drop
iOS 17 Name Drop feature was first introduced at Apple WWDC 2023

What is iOS 17 Name Drop feature?

NameDrop is a new feature in iOS 17 that makes it easy to share contact information with others. It works by using Bluetooth to detect when two iPhones are close to each other.

Once iOS 17 Name Drop is triggered, a visual representation of your contact information will appear on the other person's phone. They can then choose to accept your contact information, or decline.

How to use iOS 17 Name Drop feature

To use iOS 17 Name Drop, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on both phones
  2. Bring the top of your phone close to the top of the other person's phone
  3. A visual representation of your contact information will appear on the other person's phone
  4. The other person can then choose to accept your contact information, or decline

In addition to sharing contact information, NameDrop can also be used to share personalized Contact Posters. Contact Posters are visual representations of your contact information that can be customized with a photo, background color, and text.

iOS 17 Name Drop
You need an iPhone that is newer than the iPhone 8 to use the iOS 17 Name Drop feature

If you want to create a Contact Poster, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the Contacts app on your device
  2. Select the contact you want to share
  3. Click on the share button and then choose "Create Contact Poster"

Once you have created a Contact Poster, you can share it with others using NameDrop or by sending it as an attachment in an email or message.

If you like what you see and you use an iPhone that is newer than iPhone 8, you may download iOS 17 beta from the link here.


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  1. Laina Betts-Dunn said on September 1, 2023 at 6:36 pm

    Most people are finding it is related to the newest Pokémon Go! update. If you check control center, Pokémon Go! has accessed location just prior to the vibrations.

    1. Lillian said on September 4, 2023 at 9:17 am

      You are the best I didn’t even think about that being the problem even tho I said to my friend it’s vibrating randomly like Pokémon go does when new Pokémon pop up

  2. John said on September 3, 2023 at 6:33 pm

    It’s happening on beta release isn’t this to be expected? Any beta release is going to have bugs.

  3. Anonymous said on September 17, 2023 at 7:11 pm

    “You can browse the internet privately on your iPhone too”

    No, you can’t. See below.

    “This means that no one will be able to see what you’ve been browsing unless you tell them.”

    No-one you would allow to use your devices. It’s important to remind that online trackers still get almost as much as before in this mode, tracking you for the duration of the session at least. In fact a quick search on whether cookies (and local storage, indexedDB, and so on) are even cleared at exit or not in Apple’s private browsing gives contradictory answers (maybe this has to do with Apple’s habit of conveniently avoiding to get technical with users, even when that means more opportunities to fool them) and your article doesn’t say more, so it’s not even clear to me that there is any protection against online trackers.

    About the other Apple privacy tools you mention, I wouldn’t trust them. They killed the actual privacy tools like ublock origin on Safari that hide the IP address from trackers, to then provide their own fake replacement, like Google and their Mozilla pet company are slowly doing too with their own browsers. From the mouth of such companies, even “blocking cookies” may actually mean something weaker, like having an undisclosed tracker whitelist for bullshit reasons that ublock origin doesn’t seem to need (Mozilla does that for instance), not actually blocking them but just isolating them while still writing they’re blocked (Mozilla did that through inaccurate UI wording for third-party cookies), or keeping in place for years privacy bugs that they are aware of and that don’t remove storage when it’s supposed to be (Mozilla again, and they’re not worse than the others). And it’s only a few examples.

    Is there also need to remind that Safari like all the other big browsers is infested with Apple’s own spyware antifeatures (including for advertisers, unlike what they pretend in their ads) ?

  4. You're welcome said on September 18, 2023 at 6:27 pm

    Sneak PEEK.

  5. Seeprime said on September 20, 2023 at 12:29 am

    It has been weeks where the comments sections are littered with old unrelated comments. Maybe it’s time to say goodbye to ghacks.

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