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How to Change Your AirDrop Name (2022)

How to Change Your AirDrop Name (2022)
How to Change Your AirDrop Name (2022)

How to Change Your AirDrop Name (2022)

How to Change Your AirDrop Name (2022)


Do you want to change your Airdrop Name on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac? then this article is for you

In order for others to see something other than your name, you can modify your AirDrop ID. On the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, this article describes how to modify your AirDrop name.



Changing your AirDrop name on an iPhone involves a change that you may not want to make. Luckily, that’s not true on the iPad and Mac, as we’ll see in the next two sections.

AirDrop on the iPhone uses the name you have for yourself in your Contacts card. Changing your name there changes how you appear in AirDrop, but it also changes your name in all uses that access your contact card. For instance, if we wanted to change the AirDrop name from “Sam” to “Mister X,” anytime Safari tries to autofill the name in a form on a website, it would use “Mister X” as the first name. Potentially annoying!

Still, if you want to change your name in AirDrop on your iPhone, here’s how to do it:

  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.

    Note: You can also change the photo that appears with your name in AirDrop. Just change your profile photo by tapping Edit. Be aware, though, that this changes the profile photo in your Apple ID and will sync to every device using this Apple ID.

  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.

Note: We’ve got lots of other AirDrop tips, including a way to use AirDrop without Wi-Fi and suggestions for what to do when AirDrop isn’t working.


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The process for changing your name on AirDrop on an iPad is different than on an iPhone. It doesn’t involve changing your name in contacts. Instead, you change the name of your iPad itself (which is good; it’s definitely less disruptive than changing your contact info). Here’s what to do:

  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.

  6. 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.

    Name: This name is used in all instances in which your iPad name appears, not just AirDrop. For instance, that name appears in Find My and, if you sync your iPad to a computer, the new name is what shows in Finder or iTunes.


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Changing your AirDrop name on a Mac is different from both iPhone and iPad, though it’s pretty similar to the iPad version. Just follow these steps:

  1. In the top left corner of the screen, click the Apple menu and then System Preferences.

  2. Click Sharing.

  3. In the Computer Name field, delete your computer’s current name and enter the new name you want to use.

    Note: This changes the name of the computer for all networked sharing purposes, not just AirDrop.

  4. When you have the name you want, close the window to save the new name. Now, that new name will appear whenever you use AirDrop on this Mac.


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