How to Change the Names of Your Apple Devices

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It’s something many people don’t think about or even pay much attention to until they need to – the names of their Apple devices.

If you only own one or two devices, it may not be quite as important. But if you upgrade to a new device or have more than one of the same type, those device names are essential. To distinguish between them in the Find My app or when reviewing your devices on iCloud.com, here’s how to change the names of your Apple Devices.

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Change the Name of Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Renaming your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is most convenient directly on the device itself. However, you can also change it on your computer if needed.

Change the Name on the Device

  1. Open Settings and select General.
  2. Choose About and then tap Name.
  3. Enter the new name you want to use and tap Done on the keyboard.
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Change your iPhone’s name

Change the Name in Finder on Mac

  1. Connect the device to your Mac with the USB cable as you normally would.
  2. Open Finder and click the name of your device under Locations in sidebar.
  3. Click the current name of your device, type the new name, and hit Return on your keyboard.
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Change your iPhone’s name on Mac

Change the Name in iTunes on Windows

If you have a Windows computer with iTunes, you can change your Apple device’s name there too.

  1. Connect the device to your computer with the USB cable as you normally would.
  2. Open iTunes and click the device button near the top.
  3. Click the current name of your device, type the new name, and hit Enter on your keyboard.
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Change your iPhone’s name in iTunes on Windows

Change the Name of Your Mac

On your Mac, you’ll change the name in your System Preferences and it only takes a minute.

  1. Click the System Preferences icon in the Dock or Apple icon > System Preferences from the menu bar.
  2. In System Preferences, select Sharing.
  3. Next to Computer Name, enter the name you want to use for your Mac, and hit Return.
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Change your Mac’s name

Changing the name of your Mac will also change the name of it on your local network. You can see this directly below the Computer Name field. If you need to use a specific name for your computer on the network, click Edit and change the name.

Change the Name of Your Apple Watch

If you own more than one Apple Watch, like some people nowadays, giving them distinctive names is important.

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone and choose the My Watch tab at the bottom.
  2. Choose General and then About.
  3. Tap Name, enter the name you want to use, and tap Done on the keyboard.
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Change your Apple Watch’s name

Change the Name of Your Apple TV

If you have not changed the name of your Apple TV before but assigned it to a room in the Home app, it may have the name of that room as the device name. Otherwise, it will have the default Apple TV name. Here’s how to change it.

  1. Open the Settings on your Apple TV and select General.
  2. Click About and then click the Name field at the top.
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Apple TV Settings, About section
  1. Enter the name you want to use and click Done on the keyboard.
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Change your Apple TV’s name

Change the Name of Your AirPods

Want to call your AirPods or AirPods Pro by a different name? Grab them with the case along with your iPhone and follow these steps.

  1. Open the case for your AirPods.
  2. Open Settings on your iPhone and select Bluetooth.
  3. Tap the Info icon (small letter “i”) next to AirPods in your list of devices.
  4. Tap Name, enter the name you want to use, and tap Done on the keyboard.
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Change your AirPods’ name

Change the Name of Your HomePod

To change the name of your HomePod, you’ll use the Home app. So, open the Home app on iPhone, iPad, or Mac and then do the following.

On iOS:

  1. Press and hold the icon for your HomePod.
  2. Tap the gear icon on the bottom.
  3. Tap the box at the top, which will have “HomePod” in it if you still have the default name.
  4. Enter the name you want to use and tap Done on the keyboard.
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Change your HomePod’s name on iPhone

On Mac:

  1. Right-click the icon for your HomePod and choose Settings.
  2. Click the box at the top, which will have “HomePod” in it if you still have the default name.
  3. Enter the name you want to use and hit Return on your keyboard.
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Change your HomePod’s name on Mac

Note on Apple Pencil

It does not appear that you can change the name of your Apple Pencil at this time. And this question has been asked by users a few times in the Apple Communities.

Hopefully this is something that Apple will allow down the road.

It’s All in a Name

If you happen to lose a device, have one stolen, or decide to sell one, you’ll want to make sure it’s the right device, especially if you own several. Having meaningful or distinctive names for your devices can help ensure you’re working with the right one.

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