The Step-By-Step Guide to Changing Your Air Drop Name

The Step-By-Step Guide to Changing Your Air Drop Name

You have the ability to change your AirDrop ID so that people do not see your name when they receive files from you. This article explains how to change your AirDrop name across many platforms, including the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

How to Change Your Name in AirDrop on iPhone

On an iPhone, changing your AirDrop name entails a modification that you might not want to make. Fortunately, as we’ll see in the following two sections, that’s not the case with the iPad or Mac.

The name you have for yourself on your Contacts card is what is used by AirDrop on the iPhone. If you alter your name there, it also changes your name in all other applications that use your contact card and affects how you appear in AirDrop. For instance, if we wanted to alter the AirDrop name from “Sam” to “Mister X,” Safari would substitute “Mister X” for “Sam” whenever it attempted to autofill the name in a form on a website. Potentially irritating

Nevertheless, Here’s how To Modify Your Name in AirDrop on Your iPhone:

  1. Open the Contacts app (or open Phone and tap Contacts).

  2. Tap your name at the top of the list.

  3. Tap Edit.

  4. Tap your first name and then tap the x in that field to delete what’s there.

  5. Type in the new first name you want to use and tap Done to save it.

  6. With that done, your AirDrop name has changed. It’s only changed on this iPhone, though—it doesn’t sync to other devices. It may take a few minutes for the change to register on other people’s devices when using AirDrop.

The Step-By-Step Guide to Changing Your Air Drop Name

How to Change Your Name in AirDrop on I Pad

On an iPad, updating your name in AirDrop is a different process than it is on an iPhone. Your name won’t be changed in your contacts as a result. Instead, you can rename your iPad, which is preferable because it causes less disruption than updating your contact information. What you should do is:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap About.
  4. Tap Name.

  5. Tap the x to delete the current name for your iPad and type the new one that you want.

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    • How Do I Turn on AirDrop on An iPhone?

      To turn on AirDrop on an iPhone, open the Control Center and press and hold the section that displays various icons to expand it. Tap the AirDrop icon to turn on the feature. Select Contacts Only or Everyone. Or, go to Settings > General > AirDrop to turn it on.

    • How Do I Turn on AirDrop on A Mac?

      To turn on AirDrop on a Mac, open Finder and click Go > AirDrop. At the bottom of the window, choose who you wish your Mac to be discovered by, e.g., Contacts Only. You can now share and receive files using AirDrop.

    • Where Do AirDrop Photos Go?

      On an iPhone, AirDropped photos will go to your Photos app. Similarly, all files sent to you via AirDrop will be stored in their corresponding app on your iPhone. On a Mac, AirDropped files, including photos, are stored in the Downloads folder.

      When you’re done, tap Done on the keyboard, tap the back arrow in the top left, or both. The new name that you’ve given your iPad will now show up in AirDrop.

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