watchOS 10.1 Beta Brings NameDrop to Apple Watch

With the watchOS 10.1 beta that came out today, Apple Watch owners can use the new NameDrop feature to share contact information with another Apple Watch owner or with an iPhone.

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Using the feature can be done by tapping into the Contacts app, selecting your profile, and then tapping on the "Share" option. From there, an animation directs you to bring the Apple Watch next to another Apple Watch or next to the top of an ‌iPhone‌ to initiate the contact information transfer.

NameDrop was introduced in iOS 17, but it did not make it into the initial watchOS 10 release. Apple has instead added it in this beta to make exchanging contact information simpler. NameDrop is part of AirDrop, and it sends out your Contact Poster, name, and phone number when you use it.

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NameDrop requires two iPhones running ‌iOS 17‌, two Apple Watches running watchOS 10.1, or an ‌iPhone‌ running ‌iOS 17‌ and an Apple Watch running watchOS 10.1.

There are also signs of the new Double Tap feature Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 feature in the watchOS 10.1 code, but the function is not enabled and Double Tap remains inaccessible for now.

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Top Rated Comments

Bigkool2inSC Avatar
9 months ago

That is a cool feature - really useful
will say.... no one ever..
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jz0309 Avatar
9 months ago
can care less about namedrop personally, would like to see what double tap really brings to the table
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DotCom2 Avatar
9 months ago
Sooooooo waiting for double tap.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
elimporta2 Avatar
9 months ago
I see gestures but only tap to mute. ?

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Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacMastermind Avatar
9 months ago
Really wish the Apple Watch had the ability to read NFC tags.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Archmage Avatar
9 months ago
NameDrop is very underwhelming. It’s either phone number or email address and no other info. And only once—can’t do it again with the same contact to get the more info.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)