Changing the name of your iPhone is a good way to make it more private or add a new layer of security. It also lets you give your device a name that’s more specific to a certain situation or event.
The default name of your iPhone includes your real name, which can be a problem when using AirDrop or Personal Hotspot. You can easily change this name so it doesn’t show up on other devices or networks.
How to Change the Name of Your iPhone
The name of your iPhone is the identifier used by other devices to recognise it on Bluetooth, AirDrop and iCloud. Changing this name is often recommended as it can help you to keep your phone easily identifiable.
You might be interested in changing your device’s name if it is not obvious to other users on the network or if you want to customise it with a more personal touch. To do this, open Settings on your device and tap General, then About.
In the Name field, delete your current name and enter a new one. When you’re done, tap Done to save it.
How to Change the Name of Your iPod
Changing the name of your iPod can be a bit tricky, but it isn’t as hard as you may think. In fact, it is pretty simple if you follow the right steps.
For starters, you’ll need a computer with a USB cable to connect your iPod to. Next, you’ll want to open iTunes on your computer.
Once your iPod has been plugged in, it should appear in the iTunes source list (it might not automatically open). Double-click on the name of your iPod nano to make it editable text, and type a new name.
The name you choose for your iPod is what’s used by iTunes, when you plug it in and even when you view the contents of your iTunes library. It’s also what Mac and Windows see as an external drive. It’s not something you should do by accident! To avoid accidentally renaming your nano, keep it sync’d with iTunes. This will ensure that your nano doesn’t get the wrong name while you try to rename it.
How to Change the Name of Your iPad
If you’re an Apple user, you’ve probably noticed that the default name iOS assigns to your iPhone and iPad is “iPad.” While this is usually not a problem, it can be tricky if there are multiple of them in your home or if someone wants to AirDrop a file to you.
In those situations, a unique device name can help you spot a specific iPhone or iPad in the crowd. It will also make your devices more recognizable in other applications like iCloud and the Find My iPad app, or even in the Finder sidebar.
As long as you’re using an iPad running iOS 12 or later, it’s very easy to change its name. Just follow the steps below and you’ll be good to go. You can change the iPad’s name as often as you want, and it will be saved on your device. It’s a simple process that doesn’t take more than a minute to complete.
How to Change the Name of Your Mac
If you want to change the name of your Mac, it’s fairly simple. It could be that your hand-me-down has the same name as the previous owner, or you might just want a different identifier for your device.
Changing your Mac’s name is also a great way to make pairing easier with Bluetooth and other devices. Random usernames can be confusing and can cause issues when pairing with devices.
One of the easiest ways to change your Mac’s name is via System Preferences. Simply click on Sharing and input a new name for your device.
The new name will show up everywhere, from the primary filesystem on your Mac to the sharing pane in System Preferences. Having a proper username can make typing commands or fiddling with Terminal much simpler. It’s especially useful if you have multiple users using your Mac.