You may be giving your name to all the strangers you see, and you may not even know it. Your iPhone has a name – usually a combination of your first name and device model – and it sends it to others via AirDrop, Personal Hotspot, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and other connections. Sure, it’s useful to keep the device name simple and to the point, but it’s up to you to change it.
Renaming your iPhone is not just about changing its name – it’s also about protecting your identity and making life easier. If you’re deep into the Apple ecosystem and have a MacBook, iPhone, and iPad connected with the same Apple ID, you can change the name of your iPhone to simplify how you manage your devices, find your backups, and more.
Why change your iPhone̵7;s name?
As explained above, it’s not just about changing your iPhone’s name – it’s also about cohesion and productivity. Here are some of the reasons why you may want to change the device name in more detail:
1. Protect your identity
Virtually anyone can see your iPhone’s name. Anyone nearby trying to connect to a Wi-Fi network sees it in their list of detected networks as a personal hotspot. If you have AirDrop sharing open to anyone, nearby users can see your device name when they go to share a file or want to see who’s nearby.
Hackers can see it when they map devices on the same network. System administrators can identify your device when scanning the network for bandwidth wine. Your device name can also be displayed with a quick Bluetooth scan.
If you’ve never changed your iPhone’s name before, it probably will [YourName]iPhone [Version], “as” Nelson’s iPhone 11 Pro. “It makes it easy to find a device like yours, and it helps people nearby to find out what type of device you have.
Going with something completely random gives you more anonymity. While you still run the risk of hackers, sysadmins, and other people seeing your iPhone’s MAC address or spying on your activity, you at least make it harder for them to identify you faster.
2. Manage your devices better
If you have multiple Apple devices and they all have the same or identical names, it’s a good idea to go in and rename each individual device. This can help you better distinguish between devices. Doing so is useful when trying to track down a stolen or lost device in Find My, knowing which debit and credit cards are connected to which device via Apple Pay and knowing which device is when connected via USB to your Mac.
Find your backups easier
Again, the more devices you have, the more complicated it becomes to manage them. If all your devices use the same iCloud account or Mac to back up your essential information, it can be a headache to access the backups if they have the same name.
With unique names for each of your devices, you can more easily find the right backup you are looking for. Not only that, but if you have backups from old devices, they may all have the same name, so it’s a good idea to distinguish between current and outdated backups if you want to delete something to free up storage space.
4. Make it easy to share between devices
Need to share a document, photo or anything else between your iPhone and MacBook or your iMac and iPad? If each of your devices has the same name, you can see similar options appear when you use AirDrop. With different names, you will make your life a lot easier.
5. Custom names are just more fun
You may want to change your name just because you want something more fun and interesting. Most people have a boring iPhone name, so giving it something unique can help differentiate your iPhone from the packaging (if that’s your type of thing).
How to change your iPhone’s name
So you have decided to change your iPhone? Fortunately for you, the process is incredibly simple. First launch the Settings app and go to “General”. Then press “About” at the top of the page. Now you can see the name of your iPhone, which is the first thing that appears. To change it, press “Name” and you will land in a text box.
To clear the current device name, tap the delete (X) icon to the right of the text field. You can also hold down the backspace key (X) on the keyboard, but it erases each character one by one instead of simultaneously.
Now you have free rein to name your iPhone whatever you want. Depending on your needs, you can go with something simple and easy to help you differentiate between devices (N-iPhone1) or go with something more unique, like a username on Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts.
Enter your new name and when you are done, press “About” to return to the previous page. Now you see your updated name displayed instead of the default name.
As mentioned earlier, your new name will appear on your entire device and other Apple products. You can see it updated in the following apps, settings and more.
- Find my (left picture below)
- Personal hotspot
- Backups (right picture below)
- Apple Pay
- Mac (Finder, music, etc.)
And these are just a few examples. Remember that hackers and system administrators can see your name using tools such as Fing or the router’s controls.
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