How to share stuff easily in iOS 17

iOS 17 sharing features
(Image credit: David Crookes)

Introduced in 2011, AirDrop has become one of Apple’s most useful features. It has allowed you to select a file, such as a photo, open the Share menu and choose a nearby Apple device to send it to. And, as of iOS 17, AirDrop has now become even easier to use by allowing transfers to take place simply by bringing two iPhones close together – while allowing some transfers to continue even if the handsets actually become far apart.

As well as allowing photos and videos to be shared, you can now more easily share contact details using NameDrop and media via SharePlay. It’s also possible to transfer large files with very little effort. And in the case of NameDrop, you can share contact details between an iPhone and Apple Watch running watchOS 10. All in all, it makes AirDrop feel more seamless. 

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David Crookes

David Crookes has been writing professionally for close to 30 years largely specialising in technology for much of his career. Since becoming a freelance writer, he has written for a wide number of publications including the Apple-focussed magazines iCreate and Macworld. His love of gaming has seen him write for Retro Gamer and Wireframe among others and, despite his love of Apple, he still uses a PC – working for PC Pro and once writing for Total PC Gaming. 

One of his joys is helping others to use technology which has led him to writing many “how to” tutorials explaining many ways of getting the most out of various devices. He's become an expert user of the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. He also likes to kick back with a gaming session on an PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X | S while getting his retro fix on an Evercade handheld.