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May 30, 2024

How to Change Device Name on Apple iOS and Mac

Apple offers plenty of ways to personalize your device. You can choose from multiple lock screen options, add custom wallpapers and even change the font style. But one of the most overlooked customizations is the ability to change your device name. Whether you want to call it Hakuna Matata or Half-Eaten Apple, it's easy to give your iPhone a new identity in just a few clicks.

The best part about changing the name of your iPhone or iPad is that it's available across all your devices, not just your phone. It shows up in iCloud, AirDrop and your Personal Hotspot, as well as Finder on your Mac. It makes it easier to distinguish your devices from one another and simplifies transferring files between them. Plus, you can change the name of your iOS device as often as you like without any adverse effects.

To rename an iPhone or iPad, open the Settings app and select General. Then tap the current name in the Name field and enter the name you'd like to use. You can also choose to add an emoji to the name to make it more personalized.

If you have multiple devices in the same room or live in an apartment complex where a lot of people share common amenities, it's a good idea to keep your personal ID distinct from others'. Renaming your Apple TV isn't the most pressing task, but it's a great way to help you identify which one you're using and avoid confusion when browsing the Home app or navigating through your TV's built-in apps.

On a Mac running macOS 13 Monterey or later, the name you give your computer appears in iCloud, AirDrop and Find My. You can also rename your Mac on the fly by clicking it in Finder and typing a new name in the Computer Name field in the sidebar.

The same process works for your other Apple products. Whether you're looking to add a more playful moniker to your iPhone or add a more descriptive one to your AirPods, it's simple to make the change on any of your Apple hardware.

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