When someone wants to send you a lot of files from their iPhone, AirDrop is a great way to do that.

But if someone tries to move that file from the Share menu in one of their apps, they may run into trouble if your AirDrop name is wrong or an alias is used that they may not be looking for.

Fortunately, you can give your iPhone a new AirDrop name, which will make it easier for them to find you when you try this file sharing method.

You can change the AirDrop name on your iPhone by going to Settings > General > About > Name > then delete the old name and enter a new one.

How to give your iPhone a new AirDrop name

  1. Click “Settings”.
  2. Select General.
  3. Select about.
  4. Touch the name.
  5. Enter a new name.

Our guide continues below with more information on how to change the AirDrop name on iPhone 13, including photos of those steps.

There are many ways to share files from iPhone. You can text them, email them, upload them to cloud storage, share links, etc.

But you can also use something called AirDrop, and it might be the quickest and easiest way to send a lot of photos or videos to someone if they’re nearby.

But when someone opens the app and uses the Share menu to AirDrop something for you, they’ll need to look for your name there.

This can be a problem if the AirDrop name on your iPhone is not accurate or useful.

Fortunately, you can change the AirDrop name on your iPhone to make it easier for people to find your contact icon.

Related: Learn how to AirDrop your iPhone to Contacts Only so strangers can’t send you files.

How to change the name used for AirDrop on iPhone

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 13 running iOS 16.3.1.

Step 1: Find and select the Settings app icon on the home screen.

Click Settings

Step 2: Scroll down and select General.

Choose a year

Step 3: Click the About button at the top of the screen.

Select about

Fourth Step: Click on the “Name” button at the top of this list.

How to change AirDrop name on iPhone 13

Step 5: Press the x to the right of the current name to delete it, enter a new name, and hit “Done” on the keyboard.

How to give your iPhone a new AirDrop name

Now that you know how to change the AirDrop name on iPhone, you can change this setting any time you want to give your Apple smartphone a new name.

Note that changing the name of AirDrop will also change the name of Bluetooth and Personal Hotspot.

Also, if you or someone else manages your wireless network and can see a list of connected devices, the name of the new iPhone will also be displayed there.

Now that you have the correct AirDrop name, you can tweak the setting to allow people to send you files if they can’t currently.

For someone to AirDrop files to you, AirDrop must be enabled on your device.

One way to confirm this is to go through the settings menu.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

Step 2: Select the “General” option.

Step 3: Tap on the AirDrop button.

Step 4: Choose your preferred option.

Change iPhone AirDrop settings

You can choose from the following AirDrop options:

  • The receipt
  • Communication only
  • Everyone for 10 minutes (this might be Everyone, depending on which version of iOS you’re using).

If the person trying to send you files is in your contact list, the Contacts Only option is probably your best option.

Another place where you can toggle AirDrop settings is in Control Center.

How to toggle the AirDrop option from Control Center

The Control Center menu, which can be accessed by swiping down from the upper-right corner of the iPhone screen, contains several useful settings.

Among these options is a button that allows you to turn AirDrop on and off.

Step 1: Swipe down from the top right corner of the screen to open Control Center.

If your iPhone has a Home button, you’ll need to swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

Step 2: Tap and hold the Wireless Connections box in the top-left corner of the list.

Press and hold the wireless network card

Step 3: Tap on the AirDrop button.

Click the AirDrop button

Step 4: Select the desired AirDrop setting for your iPhone.

Select Set up AirDrop