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May 20, 2024

How to Change the Name of a Device

Whether you’re looking for the perfect name to give to a new pair of Bluetooth headphones or want to make your Mac computer easier to connect to, there’s no doubt that a good device name can save you some headaches. Unfortunately, most devices come with factory-given names that can often look like a string of numbers. As such, they can be difficult to find and pair with quickly. In this article, we’ll show you how to change the name of your device so that it’s easily identifiable in a list of available devices.

How to Change the Name of a Device

While there are many different ways to go about changing your device name, the process is pretty simple on all platforms. With the exception of Android devices, it’s a matter of opening settings, tapping the information button next to a device, and entering in a name. With Android, the name will be slightly different, depending on the phone model and operating system.

The device name will then sync to iCloud, AirDrop, your Personal Hotspot, and your computer, so it’ll be easily recognizable whenever you need it. This is great if you have multiple devices, and it’s even more helpful when you want to make your iPhone easier to pair with speakers or a car. The name will also appear in a list of wireless connections when you’re browsing your home network, so you can always find it if you forget its name.

It’s also a great way to personalize your device if you want to add a fun in-joke or just give it a more meaningful name that’s easier to remember. Regardless of the reason, there’s no limit to how many times you can change your device name, so feel free to experiment with different options as you see fit.

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