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A convenient iPhone function is causing a stir in America

A convenient iPhone function is causing a stir in America


What do you think – would something like this happen to our German police officers? Sometimes good intentions are not always good in practice. It is much more difficult to eliminate misinformation than it is to accidentally spread it. (Thumbnail, photo by Matt Popovich on Unsplash)

Macroomers On November 27, 2023, reports about the name drop feature were reported – this is where the US police, of all people, allegedly spread misinformation.

Introduced with iOS version 17.1 and watchOS 10.1, Name Drop allows users to quickly and easily exchange contact information by placing two iPhones on top of each other.

Alternatively, you can share contact information between an Apple Watch and an Apple smartphone via Name Drop.

NameDrop is intended for random exchange of data

Exchanging contact details is very easy with NameDrop. However, a police agency in the United States considers that it is not necessary to confirm the transfer of parties. That’s how he writes City of Chester Police Department In Ohio:

Important Privacy Update: If you have an iPhone and are using the latest iOS 17 update, they have a new feature called NameDrop turned on by default. This feature allows you to share your contact information by bringing your phones close together. To disable this feature, go to Settings, General, AirDrop, Bring devices together. Set it to OFF.

City of Chester Police Department, Facebook

The message has been shared nearly 4,000 times. It is basically true that name drop is enabled by default. As described above, keeping two iPhones together is not enough.

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Exchanging contact information on an iPhone requires the owner’s express permission – you just need to place the two devices close to each other.

Once the two iPhones recognize each other, a pop-up window will open. It prompts the user to share contact information.

Inadvertently This only happens if the user unlocks their iPhone and confirms the request to share their contact information. So it is very low in this mix.

Shared thousands of times: Even local news spreads this information

This information was spread widely via Facebook – not just to the police station mentioned above. The Noble County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio alone has 70,000 stocks.

Apart from police stations, the story was also picked up in local editorial offices KDKA TV Conducted interviews and spread misinformation. Several US tech media responded to the announcement and corrected the information.

Disable NameDrop: Here’s How

As mentioned earlier, Name Drop is enabled by default on the iPhone. If you do not want to use this function despite the security, you can proceed as follows:

  • Open Settings on iPhone and go to “General”.
  • Now tap on “AirDrop”.
  • Removes the check mark for “Keep devices together”.

This feature will be disabled on your iPhone.

What do you think of NameDrop? Have you already tried this iPhone function or disabled it immediately after iOS update? Feel free to write it in the comments below!