It's easier to share files thanks to this Airdrop option

In the Apple ecosystem, AirDrop is one of the most loved features by many users. It is an easy-to-use tool that makes it easy to share files between Apple devices wirelessly.

However, every time you send or receive a file you are exposing the public name of your device. Do you want to know how you can modify it? Here we show you how to do it.

How to customize your name in AirDrop

Customizing your AirDrop name can help other people identify you more easily and this can be beneficial in some cases. In other circumstances we may want to use a different name for privacy reasons. Be that as it may, here we show you the steps to make this modification on different Apple devices:

Change the name that appears in AirDrop on iPhone and iPad

  • For iOS 16 and later:
    • Access Settings on the iPhone.
    • Select General and then About.
    • Tap Name and type the AirDrop name you prefer. Yes, the AirDrop name corresponds to the general name you want to give your device.
    • Confirm with Done.
  • For iOS 15 and earlier:
    • Open the Contacts app.
    • Select your contact card.
    • Choose Edit and type the desired name in the name field.
    • Save the changes.

Change the name that appears in AirDrop on Mac

  1. Click the Apple icon and select System Settings.
  2. Go to Share and type the AirDrop name you want to use in the Local Host Name field.

Troubleshooting AirDrop

If changing the AirDrop name on your devices doesn't immediately reflect it, try restarting your device or checking for available software updates. In case software updates are available, install those updates on your devices. These simple steps usually solve most of the problems related to updating names in AirDrop.


Visibility in AirDrop

Of course, AirDrop has visibility options that allow us to make adjustments to our privacy. Controlling who can see you on AirDrop is important to keep our security and privacy under control. That's why we recommend that you adjust the visibility as necessary. Can change AirDrop receive settings to “Contacts Only” or “Everyone” depending on the context. If you are in a public environment, you may prefer “Contacts Only” to avoid receiving unwanted files.

AirDrop Settings

You also have an option that allows Turn off AirDrop when not in use. To conserve battery life and maintain privacy, disabling AirDrop from the Control Center when you don't need it could be considered good practice when using our device.

Changing the name of your AirDrop significantly improves the file sharing experience within the Apple ecosystem. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your device is more or less easy to recognize on the AirDrop network as suits you.