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iOS 16.2 RC Limits AirDrop 'Everyone' Option to 10 Minutes

iOS 16.2 RC Limits AirDrop 'Everyone' Option to 10 Minutes

Posted December 8, 2022 at 4:32pm by iClarified · 2187 views
Apple has updated its AirDrop settings in iOS 16.2 RC, limiting the 'Everyone' option to just ten minutes for all users.

By default, AirDrop will only make you visible to contacts; however, in past firmware versions, users could manually select to be visible to 'Everyone'. This feature had been used by protestors in China to share files and get around government censors.

With the release of iOS 16.1.1, Apple limited the 'Everyone' setting for AirDrop to ten minutes in China. After ten minutes, AirDrop would revert back to the 'Contacts Only' setting. Despite upsetting some users, it appears Apple has decided to make this change for all users with the launch of iOS 16.2.

You can learn more about the new features in iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 here:
iOS 16.2 Release Notes
iPadOS 16.2 Release Notes

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iOS 16.2 RC Limits AirDrop 'Everyone' Option to 10 Minutes
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Raas al Ghul
Raas al Ghul - December 9, 2022 at 1:16pm
This is so stupid we should be able to select whether we want to turn it on permanently or for a select time for all users. It could be default 10 mins but there should be options to change this. What about when transferring large files that take over 10 mins will they stop mid way?
dmorg
dmorg - December 9, 2022 at 7:37am
Why can’t it be OUR choice to leave Airdrop always visible to everyone on our own devices???
Raas al Ghul
Raas al Ghul - December 9, 2022 at 1:16pm
True ☝🏼
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