How to Change the Name of Your iPhone

Give your phone a custom moniker

What to Know

  • On the iPhone Home screen, tap Settings > General > About > Name. Tap x next to the current name, then enter a new name.
  • Change your iPhone name via iTunes: Connect and sync the iPhone to your computer, open iTunes, then click the iPhone icon.
  • Then, click the iPhone's name and enter a new name. iTunes re-syncs the phone automatically and saves the new iPhone name.

This article explains how to change your iPhone's name when you want to use something other than the name you gave your iPhone when you set up the device. Instructions cover iPhones with iOS 11 or later.

How to Change the iPhone Name on the iPhone

You can change your iPhone name directly on the phone by following these steps:

  1. Tap the Settings app on the iPhone Home screen.

  2. Select General.

  3. Tap About.

  4. Tap Name.

    iPhone settings
  5. Tap the x next to the current name to erase it.

  6. Type in a new name. Whatever you enter is automatically saved.

    New name settings screen
  7. Return to the Home screen to keep using your iPhone with its new name.

These same instructions work with the iPad and iPod touch, too.

How to Change an iPhone Name Using iTunes

If you sync your iPhone with iTunes, you can also change your iPhone name using that program. Here's how:

  1. Connect your iPhone to the computer you normally sync it to. Open iTunes if it doesn't open automatically.

  2. Click the iPhone icon in the top left corner to go to the iPhone management screen.

  3. Single-click the name of your iPhone at the top of the left sidebar.

  4. Type the new iPhone name you prefer in the field with the old name.

    iTunes screen
  5. Click Return on the keyboard.

  6. ITunes automatically re-syncs the phone and saves the new iPhone name.

    These steps work for iPads and iPod touch devices, too.

Where You See Your iPhone Name

Changing your iPhone name is easy, but you don't see that name often, and the name doesn't change how you use the phone. The only instances in which you're likely to see the iPhone name include:

  • Syncing in iTunes. You see the name of your iPhone whenever you sync with iTunes.
  • Connecting to Personal Hotspot. This might be the most common reason to rename your iPhone. When you or others try to connect to your iPhone's Personal Hotspot feature, you do it using the name of your iPhone. If you commute regularly and use the feature, you've probably seen other people who have given their iPhone amusing names—"FBI Surveillance Van" seems to be a common one.
  • Using Find My iPhone. If you need to use Find My iPhone to track a lost or stolen device, you select the phone's name to track it.
  • Using AirDrop. When someone is sending you a file via AirDrop and your name isn't in their Contacts list, they'll see your iPhone name.
  • Viewing Apple ID Online. If you're looking at your online Apple ID account, you'll see a list of all the active devices associated with your Apple ID. These devices each list their name.
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