Discover the Airdrop New Update to AirDrop in iOS 17


By Kara Herrera | Sep 26, 2023 06:00 pm

iOS 17 has arrived, and with it comes a groundbreaking update to AirDrop, Apple's beloved file-sharing feature. Say goodbye to the frustration of accidentally sending files to the wrong person or struggling with device sorting issues.

The new AirDrop update in iOS 17 introduces a seamless and intuitive experience. Let's explore it!

What is AirDrop?

AirDrop is a wireless file-sharing feature available on Apple devices, including iPhones, iPads, and Macs. It allows users to quickly and easily share files, photos, videos, documents, and more with nearby Apple devices.

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AirDrop uses a combination of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology to establish a direct connection between devices, enabling fast and secure file transfers without the need for internet access. Users can choose to share files with specific contacts or make them available to anyone nearby using AirDrop.

Airdrop New Update

In iOS 17, Apple has made adjustments to the sorting method of AirDrop in the transfer interface.

Before iOS 17: Airdrop Sorted by name

Previously, when we used AirDrop on our iPhone or iPad, the sorting order would often change unexpectedly when the device suddenly detected someone else's device.

This was because in previous versions of iOS, AirDrop sorted devices by name in alphabetical order. So, if we had devices named BB, KK, and TT, but suddenly another device named JJ appeared, the order would become BB, JJ, KK, TT.  This design sometimes led to accidental taps on the wrong device.

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After iOS 17: Airdrop Sorted in the Order of Detection

Starting from iOS 17, devices are sorted based on the order of detection. This means that the devices that are detected first will be displayed at the front, regardless of their names.

So, in the same scenario, if we originally had devices named BB, KK, TT, and suddenly another device named JJ is detected, the sorting order will be BB, KK, TT, JJ, without affecting the position of the device you intended to select.

AirDrop New Interface

In iOS 17, Apple has made a change in the AirDrop interface by placing "My Devices" at the top. The interface still maintains three categories, but with the following names:

  • My Devices

  • Contacts

  • Other Devices

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"My Devices" primarily displays devices that share the same Apple ID as your iPhone or iPad.

"Contacts" refers to the devices of your friends stored in the Contacts app, including their iPhones, iPads, or Macs.

Devices that do not fall into the above categories are placed under "Other Devices."

The change in the order of categories, with "My Devices" now at the top, doesn't have a significant impact and is mainly a matter of habit.

The most important aspect is that the sorting remains consistent even if a new device suddenly appears, reducing the chances of accidentally selecting the wrong recipient and avoiding the awkward situation of sending files to the wrong person.


With the new AirDrop update in iOS 17, Apple has transformed the way we share files. No more accidental transfers or device sorting confusion. Upgrade your device today and experience the enhanced convenience and reliability of the new AirDrop update.

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