How to Change iPhone Name? [All You Need To Know]

Deyan Georgiev
Deyan Georgiev

Updated · Oct 16, 2022

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When you own multiple Apple devices in your household, it could be confusing if they all have the same basic name. 

So, I will show you multiple ways how to change your iPhone name. The process is quite easy and won’t take much of your time.

In addition, we’ll also review how your iPhone name is created and where it appears.

Let’s get into it!

How Is Your Name Generated?

When you set up your new phone, the name will be generated as your first name followed by the product type.

For example, if you’re called John, it would be John's iPhone. If you have a common name, it might get a bit confusing.

But where can other people see your iPhone’s name?

Where Does Your Device’s Name Appear?

You don’t need to rename your Apple device since only you can see it, right?

Wrong.

It’s visible when using: 

  • Personal hotspot
  • Airdrop
  • iTunes
  • iCloud.com
  • Find my iPhone
  • Bluetooth connections

Okay. But it’s still not clear why you need to change the name.

Here’s the drill:

Why Is It a Good Idea to Rename Your iPhone?

There are multiple reasons why it’s useful to know how to change your iPhone name.

For example, if you bought your phone from a previous owner and you don’t want to be stuck with their name.

Also, it’s good for privacy. If your Personal Hotspot, WiFi, or Bluetooth are on, all networks and devices can see its name. That will expose you to hackers

So if your phone’s name is “John Smith’s iPhone,” you might want to change it to something a little more private. For instance, a personal nickname that only your close friends can understand.

And let’s face it, it’s pretty awesome to have a personalized device. If you’re a fan of emojis, you’re more than welcome to use them.

You can change your name whenever you like to. There’s also no limit on how many times you can edit it.

Here’s how to do it:

How to Change the Name of an Apple Device

You have two options:

  • through your phone’s Settings app
  • via iTunes 

Through Your iPhone

To start with the process, you need to know how to find the iPhone name:

  1. Click on the Settings app.
    iOS Settings
  2. Tap on General.
    General
  3. Choose About.
    About
  4. Click on the name.
    name
  5. Tap on the X button to delete it.
    delete name
  6. Type your preferred nickname.
  7. Click Done.

This also works on iPads.

Now you are all done with changing the name of your iPhone!

Using iTunes for Windows

To start with the process you need to connect your Apple device to your computer and launch iTunes.

  1. Click on the phone icon.
    iTunes interface
  2. Tap on your device's name.
    device name in iTunes
  3. Type your desired name.
  4. Press Еnter.

Everything is set and you’re good to go!

Through Mac Finder

You need to connect your phone to your Mac.

Then: 

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Choose your device’s name under Locations on the sidebar.
  3. Type your desired name.
  4. Click Enter on your keyboard.

And you’re done!

Now that you learned how to rename your iPhone, you should know that the change will also appear on:

  • Airdrop 
  • Personal Hotspot 
  • iTunes
  • Find My iPhone

But what if it doesn’t change?

Why Is The Name Not Changing?

When you rename your Apple device, it’s important to know that you can use up to 60 characters. The only time that it won’t change is if you exceed that limit.

So, you can’t go by Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains.

Wrap Up

To sum up, personalizing your device is cool.

Not only will you stand up from the crowd, but you will be a bit safer when it comes to hackers. 

So, now that you know how to change your iPhone name, what will you choose?

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Deyan Georgiev

Deyan Georgiev

Deyan has been fascinated by technology his whole life. From the first Tetris game all the way to Falcon Heavy. Working for TechJury is like a dream come true, combining both his passions – writing and technology. In his free time (which is pretty scarce, thanks to his three kids), Deyan enjoys traveling and exploring new places. Always with a few chargers and a couple of gadgets in the backpack. He makes mean dizzying Island Paradise cocktails too.

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