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Published on January 29th, 2024 | by Sandy Writtenhouse

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How to Rename Your iPhone, Mac, and Other Apple Devices

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The names for your Apple devices are important, especially when using the Find My app to locate one or the AirDrop feature to share an item. If you’d like to rename your iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or other device, it takes only a few steps.

How to Rename Your iPhone and iPad

The steps to rename your iPhone and iPad are the same for each device and super easy.

  1. Open the Settings app and select General.
  1. Choose About.
Settings, General, About on iPhone
  1. Select the Name field, enter the new name, and tap Done on your keyboard.
Name field, enter the iPhone name

Use the arrows on the top left to exit these settings.

How to Rename Your Mac

Like your iPhone and iPad, renaming your Mac takes only a minute.

  1. Open the System Settings using the icon in your Dock or the Apple icon in the menu bar.
  1. Select General on the left and About on the right.
System Settings, General, About on Mac
  1. Replace the text next to Name with the new name for your Mac and press Return.
Name field, enter the Mac name

You can then close the System Settings.

How to Rename Your Apple Watch

To change the name of your Apple Watch, you’ll need to use the Watch app on your paired iPhone.

  1. Open the Watch app and go to the My Watch tab.
  1. Choose General and then About.
Watch app, My Watch tab, General, About
  1. Select the Name field, enter the new name, and tap Done on your keyboard.
Name field, enter the Apple Watch name

Use the arrows on the top left to exit these settings.

If you have another Apple Watch paired to your iPhone and want to change its name as well, return to the main My Watch screen and select My Watches at the top. Pick the Watch and then follow the steps above to rename it.

How to Rename Your Apple TV

You can rename your Apple TV directly on the screen. Turn on your Apple TV and then follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  1. Pick General and then About.
Settings, General, About on Apple TV
  1. Select the Name field.
Name field on Apple TV
  1. Enter the new name and click Done.
Enter new name on Apple TV

Use the menu button on your remote to exit and return to your Apple TV Home screen.

How to Rename Your HomePod

You can easily give your HomePod a new name using the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

  1. Open the Home app and locate your HomePod.
  1. Long-press your HomePod on iPhone or iPad or right-click it on Mac and pick Accessory Settings.
  1. Enter the new name for your HomePod in the field at the top.
  1. Tap Done on your mobile keyboard or Return on your Mac.
Accessory Settings to rename HomePod on iPhone

Use the X on the top right to exit and save the new name.

How to Rename Your AirPods

Want to change the name of your AirPods? Make sure they’re currently connected to your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. You can do this by simply popping them into your ears. Then, follow the steps below to rename your AirPods.

  1. On iPhone or iPad, open the Settings app and tap the current name of your AirPods.
  1. Select the Name field, enter the new name, and tap Done on your keyboard.
AirPods settings and Name field on iPhone
  1. On Mac, open the System Settings and select your AirPods.
  1. Enter the new name in the Name field and press Return.
AirPods settings and Name field on Mac

Once you rename an Apple device, you’ll see its updated name in Find My, AirDrop, attached to your Apple ID, on iCloud.com, and everywhere else you have the device name. This makes spotting your iPhone, Apple Watch, HomePod, or other Apple device easy which can save you time and reduce the risk of picking the wrong one.

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has a BS in Information Technology and worked for many years in the IT industry as a Project Manager, Department Manager, and PMO Lead. She then decided to follow her dream and now writes about technology full-time.



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