O Apple Watch Series 9 and the Apple Watch Ultra 2 hit stores a few months ago, and these new additions to the Apple Watch family brought all kinds of cool features for compatible Apple Watches. It looks like the new updates have a theme this year.

Apple appears to be focusing on connectivity with its updates this year, bringing features designed to let you better connect with your health, better connect with your other Apple devices, and better connect with the people around you. NameDrop is designed for the latter and allows you to share contact information almost instantly.

Here's what you need to know about NameDrop for Apple Watch. To learn more, see how to download Watch OS 10 and how to download iOS 17.

What is NameDrop?

NameDrop is a new way for Apple Watch users to share contact information, with a simple, subtle flick of the wrist. NameDrop works similar to AirDrop to quickly share a file or send a photo. Gone are the days of typing in phone numbers or handing over your phone so someone can put your number in their contacts.

During the event, Apple showed two people placing their Apple Watches next to each other to exchange contact information. Apple says this is made possible by the new S9 chip.

How can I get NameDrop?

Watch OS 10.1 finally launched earlier this fall, which gives those who upgraded their watch the chance to use NameDrop on their Apple Watch. If you want to take advantage of NameDrop on your Apple Watch, all you have to do is download Watch OS 10.1 on your watch and you'll be ready to go! You just need to make sure you're trying to share information with others who have also updated their watch or iPhone.

Can I use NameDrop if I don't have an Apple Watch?

If you're an iPhone user and want to get in on all the NameDrop action, you're in luck. Apple's iOS 17, which is finally here, comes with NameDrop features. If you are an iPhone user running iOS 17, you can use Surname to immediately exchange contacts with another iPhone user running iOS 17, as well as Apple Watch users running Watch OS 10.1.

Screenshot of Apple's NameDrop feature on iPhone

NameDrop also works on iPhone.

Apple/CNET Screenshot

How does NameDrop work?

Litter calls NameDrop a “new AirDrop experience” where “a user can hold their iPhone next to another to share their contact information with only the intended recipient.” Apple also said that users will be able to choose what information is shared on NameDrop.

According to MacRumorsall you need to do is navigate to the Contacts app, select your contact and then Share. After that, your watch should prompt you to place it next to another Apple Watch or iPhone to share your contact information.

Apple also said that Watch users will be able to use NameDrop by tapping the My Card watch face complication and then bringing their Apple Watch face-to-face with someone else's Apple Watch or iPhone. It's important to note that NameDrop can only be used between two devices if they are running Watch OS 10.1 or iOS 17.

For more, here's everything about the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2. And here's how to turn it off NameDrop on your iPhone.



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