How to Change the Name of Your iPhone

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You give your iPhone a name when you set it up, but that name is usually so basic (hello "Sam's iPhone"!), 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. Luckily, we know where to find it and what to do.

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 iPhone Name Directly on the iPhone

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

Screenshots showing how to change your iPhone name in the Settings app
  1. Tap Settings.

  2. Tap General.

  3. Tap About.

  4. Tap Name.

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

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

  7. Tap the back arrow in the top left corner or return to the home screen to keep using your iPhone with its new name.

This article is specifically about the iPhone, but these instructions work on the iPad and iPod touch, too. So if you want to change the name of one of those devices, just follow these steps.

How to Change iPhone Name Using iTunes

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

Screenshot of changing iPhone name using iTunes
  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-hand sidebar.

  4. Type in the new iPhone name you prefer.

  5. When you've typed in the right name, 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 touches, too.

Where You See Your iPhone Name

As we've seen, changing your iPhone name is easy. But you don't actually see that name very often and the name doesn't really change how you use the phone. In fact, the only instances in which you're likely to see that name include:

  • Syncing in iTunes. As shown in the last section, you'll 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 the 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 will each list their name.