How to Customize Your AirDrop Name on Apple Devices

AirDrop is a convenient feature that allows seamless file sharing between Apple devices. However, it can become confusing when multiple devices have the same name, making it difficult to determine which device to send files to. In this article, we will show you how to change the AirDrop name on your iPhone, iPad, and MacBook in just a few simple steps.

Things to Consider

Before we proceed, there are a couple of things to keep in mind:

  1. Make sure your Apple device is AirDrop compatible. For iPhones, you'll need an iPhone 5 or later, and for iPads, you'll need an iPad (4th Gen) or later. Both devices should be running at least iOS 7 (or iPadOS 13 for newer iPads). For MacBooks, make sure your device is running at least OS X 10.7 Lion (or macOS).

  2. When you and the recipient have each other's contact saved on your Apple devices, the recipient's name will appear on AirDrop. However, if the contact isn't saved, your iPhone's name will be displayed instead.

How to Change AirDrop Name on iPhone

Changing your iPhone's AirDrop name is a simple process. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone and go to the General section.

  2. Tap on About and then select Name.

  3. Enter your desired name in the text field.

That's it! Your AirDrop name will now be updated on the AirDrop screen.

How to Change AirDrop Name on iPad

Changing your iPad's AirDrop name is similar to the process on an iPhone. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPad.

  2. Navigate to the General section and select About.

  3. Tap on Name.

  4. Enter the name you want to display on the AirDrop screen.

Once you've completed these steps, your new AirDrop name will be visible to other users.

How to Change AirDrop Name on MacBook

Changing your MacBook's AirDrop name is just as straightforward. Here's how:

  1. Click on the Apple logo located in the top left corner of your screen and select System Settings.

  2. Go to the General section and choose About.

  3. Click on the Name field and enter your desired name for the AirDrop profile.

Your new AirDrop name will now be visible to other users' Apple devices.

Can't See Apple Devices on AirDrop Screen?

If you're unable to see your Apple device on the AirDrop screen, follow these steps:

For iPhone or iPad users:

  • Open the Control Center and firmly press the network icon (top left corner).
  • Tap on the AirDrop Icon and choose either Contacts Only or Everyone, depending on your preference.

For Mac users:

  • Go to System Settings > General > AirDrop & Handoff.
  • Select either Contacts Only or Everyone.

If AirDrop is already enabled and you're still unable to see your device name, try restarting your Apple device. If the issue persists, refer to our comprehensive guide on what to do when AirDrop stops working.

Change AirDrop Name for Better Device Identification

Having multiple Apple devices in close proximity can make it challenging to identify your own device when using AirDrop. To make it easier to find your device, it's important to customize your AirDrop name.

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Remember, customizing your AirDrop name is a quick and simple way to enhance your device identification and streamline file sharing between your Apple devices.