How to Change the Name of Your iPhone

Give your phone a custom moniker

You give your iPhone a name when you set it up, but that name is usually so basic, you may want to change your iPhone name later. You don't need to set up your iPhone all over again to change its name, but the name-change setting is a bit hidden. Here's where to find it and how to change the iPhone's name.

These instructions apply to iPhones running iOS 13, iOS 12, and iOS 11. The steps on earlier versions are similar, but the menu names might be slightly different.

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.