How to Fix the Most Annoying iOS 17 Features on Your iPhone

How to Fix the Most Annoying iOS 17 Features on Your iPhone

You’re not going to love every new feature on iOS 17.

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Nelson Aguilar is an LA-based tech how-to writer and graduate of UCLA. With more than a decade of experience, he covers Apple and Google and writes on iPhone and Android features, privacy and security settings and more.

Apple’s iOS 17 software update is out and available for download to anyone with a supported iPhone. The latest iPhone OS has several new features, like interactive widgets, full-screen contact posters during phone calls, an improved and more personalized autocorrect, swipe to reply in text messages, and so much more.

Read moreiOS 17 Cheat Sheet: Everything to Know About the New iPhone Update

While most of these features are welcome, if you’re like me, you may not love every single new offering from iOS 17. Sometimes I don’t want change, especially when it’s drastic, because I get used to the way of doing certain things. 

I wasn’t a fan of the new search button at the bottom of each home page when I upgraded to iOS 16, because I would accidentally trigger it all the time. It’s not necessarily a bad feature, I just personally didn’t like it.

And with iOS 17, there are also a few features that I’m not a huge fan of. If you want to see some of the iOS 17 settings that I find annoying sometimes, keep reading. And best of all, there’s a “fix” for all of them so you can either get rid of them or never have to deal with them again.

While you’re here, check out the iOS 17 settings you need to change ASAP and why you may want to hold off on downloading iOS 17 right away.

Stop NameDrop from automatically sharing your contact info

The new NameDrop feature on iOS 17 allows you to quickly swap contact information via AirDrop simply by bringing your iPhone near another iPhone or Apple Watch. Your name and Contact Poster (also new with iOS 17) are shared with NameDrop, along with your phone number, email address and other information.

However, some people have had issues with NameDrop sharing info when they don’t want to. For example, if you place your iPhone near another iPhone in general, NameDrop may attempt to transfer your contact information. If you carry two iPhones in your bag — one personal and the other for work — NameDrop could attempt to share contact info between the two, which can be annoying when you’re not trying to use the feature on purpose.

Fortunately, there’s an easy way to disable NameDrop completely. In the Settings application, go to General > AirDrop and toggle off Bringing Devices Together. Once the feature is off, you won’t be able to swap numbers and information via NameDrop.

NameDrop setting on iOS 17

You can share photos via AirDrop and close proximity, so that too will be disabled when this setting is toggled off.

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Hide notifications in StandBy

The StandBy feature is arguably one of the biggest new iOS 17 features to the iPhone, turning your phone into a smart display when it’s charging horizontally and showcasing information, like the time, your calendar, photos and notifications, in large blocks that are easy to see. StandBy is a great way to quickly absorb information by glancing at your phone, but if there are people around and you want to keep some of your information private, you may not want StandBy to show notifications.

In Settings > StandBy, toggle off Show Notifications. Now when you’re in StandBy mode, you won’t see all of your notifications displayed. Critical notifications, like weather emergencies, will still be shown in StandBy mode.

StandBy settings on iOS 17
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Alternatively, you can hide notification previews instead of the entire notification. That way, you can still see what notifications you’re getting, you just can’t check out exact details unless you tap on the notification. For this to work, you’ll need to enable Show Notifications, as well as the Show Preview on Top Only setting underneath.

Stop Siri from activating so easily

Siri received a few major changes in iOS 17, including the ability to activate the voice assistant by only saying “Siri” — no more “hey” needed. It’s an easier way to quickly open an application or run a shortcut with just your voice, but at the same time, you might accidentally trigger Siri more often, since the new trigger is just a single word now.

If you want to go back to only having Siri activated when you say “Hey Siri” and not just “Siri,” go into Settings > Siri & Search > Listen for and choose the solo “Hey Siri” option. Your iPhone will no longer activate Siri simply when you say “Siri.”

Siri settings on iOS 17

You can also just turn off the “Listen for” feature.

Screenshots by Nelson Aguilar/CNET

For more on iOS 17, learn how to automatically delete multifactor authentication messages in texts and email and how to create Live Stickers.

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