How to Rename an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch – Step by Step Instructions

Changing the name of your Apple devices is a simple task yet it can be a little challenging to you if you don’t know where to start from. It is recommended that you change the name of your Apple devices in order to protect your privacy when connecting to the internet. Changing the name of the device is also a great way to help enhance the security of your device. Now, let’s review how you can change the name of your iPhone, iPad or iPod from the device menu settings as well on iTunes.


Step by step instructions:

  1. Navigate to the settings

> Tap general

> Tap about

> Tap name

  1. Once you have tapped on the name, you will delete the current name and then you can type the new name to whatever name you desire. Please note that the new name that you type in there will be automatically saved.

How to change the name of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch using iTunes

If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod is synced with iTunes, you can also easily change the name of the other Apple devices. Please note that the steps involved in changing the name in Apple devices are almost somewhat similar so these instructions should help you in all of these devices.

Here are the step by step instructions:

  1. You will open iTunes and then go to devices section of the sidebar. Double-click your current device name (the default for iPod is ‘iPod’). Here is the screenshot of how it looks like:
  2. You will then type in the name that you wish to have and press enter.
  3. You will wait for some seconds for iPhone or iPod to sync and then you will save the new setting.

Important points for you to note

Instances where you will most likely see the name of your iPhone or iPod:

From the instructions outlined above, you probably have realized that changing the name of an iPhone, iPad or iPod is quite an easy thing to do. Normally, you don’t actually see the name of your Apple devices very often and even the name doesn’t change the way you use the device.

Here are the common instances when you will most likely see the name of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch:

When syncing in iTunes – As you probably have seen from the above given instructions, you will see the name of your devices (iPhone/iPod) whenever you sync with iTunes.

When connecting to a personal hotspot – this in fact is the main reason for you to want to change the name of your device. As you or any other person tries to connect a hotspot you have created with your iPhone, the name of your iPhone will show up in the connection.

When using find my location – this feature is most commonly used when an iPhone user is trying to track a lost or stolen phone. When trying to locate a lost iPhone using ‘find my iPhone’ feature, you have to select the phone’s name to track it.

When trying to view an Apple ID online – as an Apple user, when you try looking at your online Apple ID account, you will be able to see a list of all the active devices that are associated with your Apple ID. Each of these Apple devices will display their names.

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