Your iPhone has a name visible to different networks and devices when using personal hotspots, AirDrop, Bluetooth, or iCloud. By default, it reads “(Your Name)’s iPhone” – if you want to change it, it’s only a few steps. This guide was taken on iOS 15.3.1.
- Go to Settings on your iPhone.
- Tap on General.
- Select About.
- Select Name
- Click the X icon.
- Enter a New Name and tap done.
The changes to your iPhone’s name happen immediately, and you can do it as many times as you like.
Where Your iPhone Name Appears
Although you are changing the name of your iPhone, you won’t see the name often. Some of the places you will see your iPhone’s name include when:
Using Personal Hotspots
When using your hotspot, others looking for a WI-Fi connection will see your iPhone name on their list of available connections.
Using Find My iPhone
Anytime you need to locate your iPhone and use the Find My iPhone feature, you need to select your iPhone name to track if it’s lost or stolen.
Airdrop is a convenient network that allows you to share photos and files with other iPhones. Airdrop uses Bluetooth to send and receive files so other iPhones will be able to see your iPhone name. You can also see your iPhone name on your iCloud account and iTunes for Windows.
Note: Your iPhone’s name is different from your Apple ID. While your Apple ID should be your real name to match with the details on your payment information, you can name your iPhone anything to make it quickly identifiable.