The AirDrop feature in iOS makes it easy for you to share files from your phone, like pictures or videos, with other iOS users that are nearby. It integrates seamlessly into the sharing feature of most of your apps, and works fairly well.
But if you are someplace where a lot of other iPhone users can be found, and your iPhone has a generic name, like “iPhone,” then it might be tough for someone to figure out which AirDrop user is you. Our tutorial below is going to show you how to change the AirDrop name on your iPhone 7.
- Open the Settings app.
- Select the General option.
- Touch About at the top of the window.
- Touch the Name button.
- Tap the x to the right of the current name, then enter the new name.
This is also going to change the name of your iPhone in several other places as well, such as how your device appears from your router, when accessing it from Bluetooth devices, and how it is listed in your iCloud account.
This guide was performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 12.2, but will work on other iPhone models using most recent versions of iOS.
Some users may find that others view their iPhone by a different name than what is entered here. This is typically caused by an existing entry in Contacts on the other person's device.
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Changing an IPhone’s AirDrop Name – Guide with Pictures
This section will provide an additional walkthrough of the method above, however, this one includes pictures for each step.
Step 1: Open the Settings app.
Step 2: Choose the General option.
Step 3: Touch About at the top of the window.
Step 4: Select the Name button.
Step 5: Tap the x to the right of the current name to delete it, then type in the new name.
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Kermit Matthews is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with more than a decade of experience writing technology guides. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and has spent much of his professional career in IT management.
He specializes in writing content about iPhones, Android devices, Microsoft Office and many other popular applications and devices.