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Apple restricts AirDrop’s ‘Everyone’ visibility to 10 minutes in China with iOS 16.1.1


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Apple has limited AirDrop's visibility window in iOS 16.1.1.
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With iOS 16.1.1, Apple has limited the window during which iPhone users can receive AirDrop files from non-contacts in China. The move comes after Chinese protesters used AirDrop to spread anti-government images to other iPhone users.

Currently, you can accept AirDrop from iPhone users not in your phonebook for 10 minutes. After that, your phone will only remain discoverable to your contacts.