iOS automatically creates a device name when you sign into your Apple ID during the initial setup. The system takes your first name and adds it to the general device name, resulting in “Andrew’s iPhone,” “Martha’s iPad,” and similar variants. These names appear in different parts of the operating system, such as the Apple ID page or AirDrop. The default name scheme might create inconveniences when you own and actively use more than one iPhone, iPad, or Mac. After all, you want to have a clear distinction between devices. Also, creating a unique name for each device helps when you need to receive a file via AirDrop. This article will help you learn how to change AirDrop name on iPhone.
How to Rename iPhone or iPad?
- Open the Settings app and navigate to the General section.
- Tap About.
- Tap Name.
- Enter a new name, then tap Done on the keyboard to save the changes.
- Close the Settings app.
As simple as that. Although renaming your iPhone takes literally about ten seconds, there are a few things you need to know. First, you can use emojis to change your AirDrop name. Second, Apple does not limit what symbols you can use nor prevents you from using long names. Still, do not go over the top when you rename iPhone and keep the name within reasonable limits to prevent bugs or other issues. Finally, you will not immediately notice the new device name on the Apple ID page. Apple’s systems take some time to update the data and sync the new name across devices. Usually, it takes a few hours for the new name to appear on your other devices on the Apple ID page.
You can also rename iPhone in the Apple ID settings, but the changes will require resetting your device and changing your first name. Go to Settings > Tap your Apple ID > Name, Phone Numbers, Emails > Name. Enter a new name, and then iOS will use it for your device name next time you go through the initial setup.
If you want to change your MacBook name, navigate to the Settings app and open the Sharing section. Changing your Apple Watch requires the Watch app, section General > About. Finally, you can rename your AirPods in the Bluetooth settings, although headphones do not appear on the Apple ID page.
That is how you can rename iPhone to change your AirDrop name.