How To Change AirDrop Name On iPhone And Mac

Some additional settings to save yourself from cyber flashing!

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AirDrop is one of the features that make file transfers a breeze across Apple devices. It uses your Apple device’s Bluetooth and WiFi connection for secure data transfer. You might want to change your AirDrop name to make it identifiable. Here’s how to do it on your iPhone or Mac.

How To Change AirDrop Name On iPhone/iPad

Change AirDrop Name on iPhone or iPad

Your AirDrop name is the same as your device’s name. To change your AirDrop name on iPhone, go to Settings > General > About > Name and type in the new name. Follow the same steps to change your AirDrop name on the iPad.

Change AirDrop settings iPhone

Apart from the name, you can also choose your AirDrop visibility by going to Settings > General > AirDrop. You can choose between Everyone, Contacts Only, and Receiving Off.

How To Change AirDrop Name & Settings On Mac

Follow these steps to change your AirDrop name on your Mac

1. Click on the Apple icon in the top-left corner and select System Preferences

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2. Select Sharing

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3. Change the computer name and hit enter (return)

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Change AirDrop Settings

Change AirDrop settings on mac

To change AirDrop receiving settings on your Mac, open Finder and select AirDrop from the sidebar. Select “Allow me to be discovered by” and choose from No one, Contacts Only, and Everyone.

Ideal Settings for AirDrop

AirDrop offers you complete control over your visibility and choosing who can share files with you. People have reported receiving unwanted files from strangers if they keep their AirDrop reception on for everyone. This is also called cyber flashing, so we recommend that you keep your AirDrop receiving limited access to “My Contacts” or keep it off if you’re not using it.

We’ve also written about the right way of using the Apple ecosystem. This article will tell you how to use your Apple devices in harmony with non-Apple gadgets.

AirDrop FAQs

What is AirDrop?

According to Wikipedia, AirDrop is a proprietary ad hoc service in Apple’s iOS and macOS. You can use it to transfer files, photos, music, and more between your Apple devices within the Bluetooth range.

Which Apple devices have AirDrop?

AirDrop is available on all iPhones, Macs, iPads, and iPod Touch devices.

Can we use AirDrop on non-Apple devices?

No, you cannot use AirDrop to share files with non-Apple devices.

What are AirDrop data transfer speeds?

According to the MacRumors thread, the average AirDrop data transfer speed is 33 Mbps.

Why does my iPhone have a different name on AirDrop?

Your iPhone’s device name is your AirDrop name. You can change it using the steps in the tutorial above.

Manik Berry

Manik Berry

With a Master’s degree in journalism, Manik writes about big tech and has a keen eye for political-tech news. In his free time, he’s browsing the Kindle store for new stuff read. Manik also adores his motorcycle and is looking for new routes on weekends. He likes tea and cat memes. You can reach him at [email protected]
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