NameDrop: How to Share Contact by Touching iPhone

NameDrop feature in iOS 17 enables you to share contact information by touching iPhone. This guide will help you better handle this new feature, as well as a tool to easily share contacts between iPhones with iOS 17 and older.

Demi by Demi Updated May 14, 2024
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If you've ever felt that it was convenient enough to AirDrop contacts from iPhone to iPhone, with the new feature NameDrop introduced in iOS 17 makes transferring even easier, which allows users to share contacts by simply touching iPhones together.

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In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the overview of the iOS 17 NameDrop feature, step-by-step instructions on how to share contacts by touching iPhone, and an alternative method to easily share contacts between iPhones.

💡 What is iOS 17 NameDrop Feature?
NameDrop is a groundbreaking feature introduced in iOS 17 that revolutionizes the way users share contacts between iPhones. Leveraging the power of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, NameDrop enables users to share contact information instantly by bringing their iPhones close together. This eliminates the need for manual input or third-party apps, streamlining the contact-sharing process and enhancing efficiency.

How to Share Contact by Touching iPhone

NameDrop is a useful tool for sharing contact information quickly and conveniently. However, like any application, it has its limitations and requires certain preparations to be effective. Here are some limitations and notifications to consider when using NameDrop:

• Both the source and the target iPhone should be running iOS 17.1 or later.
• For Apple Watch, it should be Series 7, SE2, Ultra or newer models in each of those lineups with watchOS 10.1 and later.
• NameDrop can only be used to share new contact information; it won’t update an existing contact card.

Now, unlock two iPhones, and follow the steps below to know how to share contact card on iPhone automatically using NameDrop feature.

Step 1. Go to the Settings app on your iPhone > Go to General > Locate and choose AirDrop, and make sure you have enabled Bringing Devices Together.

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Step 2. Hold your iPhone within a few centimeters of someone else’s iPhone or Apple Watch. After a few seconds, each person's contact card should appear in a full-screen view on both devices. 

Step 3. When you are ready, you can tap Share to share your contact information with the other person. Alternatively, tap Receive Only to only receive the other person’s contact card without sharing yours.

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Easily Share Contacts Between iPhones via FoneTool (iOS 17 and Older)

While NameDrop offers a convenient way to share contacts between iPhones running iOS 17, users with older devices or those who prefer alternative methods can still benefit from third-party solutions like FoneTool app.

Its user-friendly design and fast transfer make it a reliable tool to transfer files between iPhone to iPhone, iPhone to Android, and vice versa.

★ FoneTool facilitates the seamless transfer of contacts, photos, videos, songs, and any data stored in the Files app.
★ You can preview and selectively choose the files to transfer, enabling the transfer of either specific files or entire contact lists.
★ The transfer is independent of network connectivity. It does not require Wi-Fi connection or utilize data traffic, ensuring efficient and hassle-free transfer processes.

Now, follow the steps below to easily share contacts between iPhones using FoneTool.

Step 1. Download FoneTool app from App Store and open it on both devices > Allow the app to use WLAN and access data on the device. No need to connect to Wi-Fi, just turn on this option.

Step 2. On two devices, go to Connect Device > Tap Connect to iOS > Tap the name of the other iPhone to set a connection.

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Step 3. On the source iPhone, go to File Transfer > Contacts to preview and choose the contacts you’d like to share > Tap Send to begin the transfer.

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Step 4. On the target iPhone, tap Confirm from the prompted window to receive the contacts.

When it is finished, the recipient can check the transferred contacts from his/her iPhone Contacts app directly.

📣 FoneTool also has got a desktop version. Besides transfer functions, the software enables you to selectively backup iPhone contacts, photos, and other types of files to PC.

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The NameDrop feature introduced in iOS 17 offers a convenient and efficient way to share contacts between iPhones by simply touching them together. By leveraging NFC technology, NameDrop streamlines the contact-sharing process and eliminates the need for manual input or third-party apps.

However, users with older devices or those who prefer alternative methods can still benefit from third-party solutions like FoneTool, which offer seamless contact-sharing capabilities across different iPhone models. Whether you choose to use NameDrop or FoneTool, sharing contacts between iPhones has never been easier.

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