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24. Police Departments and News Sites Spreading Misinformation About How iOS 17 NameDrop Feature Works
Mon Nov 27, 2023, 10:46 PM
Nov 2023

NameDrop works when two iPhones running iOS 17.1 or an iPhone with iOS 17.1 and an Apple Watch running watchOS 10.1 are placed right next to each other, as in almost touching. When the two devices come in close contact and both are unlocked, there is a pop up prompting users to share contact information or an image.

Contact information is not shared automatically, and it is a user-initiated process that requires both people exchanging information to accept the transfer. While an accidental exchange could occur, it would require a user to unlock their device and accept the sharing prompt for that to occur.


After criticism from some commenters, Noble County edited its message to clarify that there's a popup to transfer content, and Dewey County said that it was attempting to "get parents engaged with their children," but many people who saw the original post may not see the updates.

It's "for the children" .... and as usual, IT EFFING ISN'T.
Thank you. ananda Nov 2023 #1
Geez. Elessar Zappa Nov 2023 #2
Thanks. I just turned it off. yardwork Nov 2023 #3
According to Wired, it requires consent each time you "NameDrop" your contact info unblock Nov 2023 #4
My default setting was marybourg Nov 2023 #5
Exactly. "With contacts only" negates random iphones Ninga Nov 2023 #17
You have to hold the top of the phones together. edisdead Nov 2023 #6
Thanks! I don't really see the benefit for me so I turned it off. 50 Shades Of Blue Nov 2023 #7
I couldn't figure out what my work and personal phones were doing when I stacked them on top of each other one night. Mad_Machine76 Nov 2023 #8
Mating Hekate Nov 2023 #11
It wasn't iPhone sex? ArkansasDemocrat1 Nov 2023 #15
Thanks, even though it seems it defaults to contacts only... haele Nov 2023 #9
Who thought it was a good idea? OldBaldy1701E Nov 2023 #10
Although they did try a thing called "bump" which was neat technology. forgotmylogin Nov 2023 #13
What? I don't see it on my iphone 11. Cha Nov 2023 #12
Just who the fuck thought THAT was a good idea? Warpy Nov 2023 #14
I remember Android-like phones having that feature long before Apple ... Auggie Nov 2023 #16
The person already has to be one of your "contacts" before the air drop marybourg Nov 2023 #18
Thanks for this post. @Apple, it was a dumb idea to turn this feature on by default. n/t iluvtennis Nov 2023 #19
Another reason I'm glad that I have Samsung! Initech Nov 2023 #20
The phone notifies you and you have to agree to share your info. Kablooie Nov 2023 #21
Before everyone panics brooklynite Nov 2023 #22
The two phones have to be in physical contact, then... LudwigPastorius Nov 2023 #23
Police Departments and News Sites Spreading Misinformation About How iOS 17 NameDrop Feature Works usonian Nov 2023 #24
Thanks for the links info, but no worries! Now please. Just read the Wired link. The police "news" isn't really true. ancianita Nov 2023 #25
Thanks for the info. captain queeg Nov 2023 #27
Whoa! Thanks! Turned off, thank goodness! n/t KatK Nov 2023 #26
Please read the Wired article. The coppers were wrong and doing their usual dodgy fear inducement hype bollocks Celerity Nov 2023 #29
Bought a new phone last week and it carried over all my old settings even after last iOS update MistakenLamb Nov 2023 #28
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