With the release of iOS 16.2, Apple is expanding the limitations of AirDrop that were introduced in China with the launch of iOS 16.1.1. From now on, AirDrop will essentially be limited to contacts only, and the option to turn on AirDrop for “everyone” will be limited to 10 minutes.


Right now, AirDrop has three options: Receive, Contacts Only, and Everyone. The current Everyone option allows users to receive files and photos from all other iPhone users in close proximity using AirDrop, but in iOS 16.2, it changes to Everyone for 10 minutes.

With the change, Everyone can still be enabled to allow users to receive content from anyone, but it will turn off after a 10-minute period, reverting to Contacts Only. The tweak will require users to explicitly activate AirDrop to receive files and photos from strangers.

Apple reportedly made this change in China in iOS 16.1.1 beta after protesters in the country used AirDrop to spread anti-government material. Apple said that the feature was actually introduced in an effort to cut down on spam content that is prevalent in crowded areas like malls and airports.

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