How to Change the Bluetooth Name on iPhone

And make your phone more identifiable over Bluetooth

What to Know:

  • Select Settings > General > About > Name to give the iPhone a custom name.
  • Change the name of Bluetooth accessories: Settings > Bluetooth > Choose connected Bluetooth accessory > Name.
  • Changing the default name makes it easier to identify when connecting to other Bluetooth devices.

This article explains how to change your Bluetooth name on an iPhone and change the name for Bluetooth-connected devices.

How Do I Change My Discoverable Name on My iPhone?

On iOS, the device name is also the Bluetooth name, which is confusing when multiple iPhones in the same range `have similar names. Change the device name to modify the Bluetooth name with these easy steps.

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Go to General > About.

  3. Select Name. This is the default name that other devices use to identify the iPhone for a Bluetooth connection.

    Settings > General > About > Name on iPhone
  4. On the Name screen, enter a new name to replace the default name. Tap Done on the iPhone keyboard.

  5. Go back to Settings > Bluetooth. The iPhone will now be discoverable with the new name.

    Final steps to rename your iPhone.

How Do I Change My Bluetooth Name for an Accessory on My iPhone?

Bluetooth accessories that an iPhone connects to have default device names. You can also give these devices custom names to make them distinct. For instance, changing the name of AirPods makes them easier to manage when you have several pairs lying around.

Enable Bluetooth and connect to the accessory before following the steps below.

  1. Select Settings.

  2. Select Bluetooth. The Bluetooth accessory should be turned on and wirelessly connected to your device.

  3. Tap on the tiny encircled "i" (information) symbol next to the accessory.

    Settings on iPhone to change Bluetooth devices name
  4. Select Name and enter a new name on the next screen. Tap Done to save the name.

    Renamed Bluetooth device name


    You can't rename a Bluetooth device if the Name field isn't in settings. There is no other alternative but to stay with the manufacturer-chosen default names for these accessories.

Why Change the Default Name?

Changing the default name of an iPhone makes it easier to identify for connecting to Bluetooth devices. The iPhone also allows you to give a unique name to a Bluetooth accessory to make it more recognizable among a sea of devices at home or work. A unique name also adds a touch of personalization to every Bluetooth accessory you own.

  • Why can't my iPhone connect to my Bluetooth device?

    If your iPhone's Bluetooth isn't working, make sure the device you're trying to connect with isn't connected to something else. Restart your phone and the Bluetooth device, then move them closer together. If you're having problems with a device you've previously connected to, try forgetting the Bluetooth-compatible device on your iPhone, then discover it again.

  • How do I connect an iPhone to a Bluetooth speaker?

    To connect your iPhone to a Bluetooth speaker, first press the pairing or power button on your Bluetooth speaker. Then, on your iPhone, go to Settings > Bluetooth and select your Bluetooth speaker.

  • How do I use Bluetooth to transfer files on my iPhone?

    To transfer files via Bluetooth, open the Files app on your iPhone > locate the file > Share AirDrop. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the transfer.

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