Most people resort to emails or messaging apps when sending files to contacts. Airdrop is a severely underrated Apple feature that allows you to connect to another device via Bluetooth to send files, such as photos and videos, in high definition without losing much quality. If you’re looking to improve your iOS nativity and want to learn some cool tips and tricks, you may be interested in learning more about AirDrop. If you already know how to use AirDrop, you may also be curious how you can change your AirDrop name (in case you set it as something embarrassing when you first set it up). Read on to find out more about the feature and how to change your AirDrop name.
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What Is AirDrop?
AirDrop is a wireless Bluetooth service between Apple devices that allows you to transfer files immediately. When you send photos or videos via instant messaging services, you lose a lot of quality due to uploading compression. When you use AirDrop, you’re transferring the raw file without having to compress it at all. Similarly, AirDrop works in situations where you may not have WiFi access or when you don’t have a person’s contact details. When you try to send a file to them, you’ll be able to see their AirDrop card, which you can tap on for an instant transfer.
How to Change Your AirDrop Name
AirDrop on your iOS device uses your actual contact card. So, essentially, to change your AirDrop name, you’d need to also change your contact name. This could cause some annoyances, as this would mean that Safari would autofill any name forms to the new name you set yourself. For example, if you want to change your name from “John” to “Apple Toolbox”, Safari would recommend “Apple Toolbox” in all name forms. If you want to proceed with changing your name, follow these steps:
- Open your Contacts app.
- Tap your own name at the top of the screen.
- Tap Edit.
- Change your name to whatever you want.
- You’ve successfully changed your AirDrop name! However, keep in mind that these changes only work on this device. If you want to change the names of your other iOS devices, you’d need to follow the same steps there.
Other Cool iOS 16 Tricks
If you’re still getting used to iOS 16, here are some cool tricks to check out.
Apple put a lot of focus into improving diction and Siri integration, and now you can finally dictate Emojis! For instance, if you drive a lot and don’t have time to text during a certain time of day, you understand that sometimes your texts come across as cold or lifeless. Emojis can help you spruce things up, and now you can just describe the Emoji you want, followed by saying “Emoji”. For example, all you need to say is “Heart Emoji” for one to pop up in your texts.
The keyboard haptic feature is an extremely minimal one that most probably missed during iOS 16 and iPhone 14 announcements, but it can make texting so much livelier. If you like some response and vibration when texting, then this feature is definitely for you. Simply navigate to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Keyboard Feedback > Toggle Haptic. Texting becomes so much more dynamic with this simple feature turned on.
Get Rid of the Search Button
One of the first things you may notice when you update to iOS 16 is that there’s suddenly a search field on your home screen. This can be jarring for some, especially those who want full control over customization. There’s a simple fix to that. All you have to do is go to Settings > Home Screen > Toggle off Show on Home Screen.