How to change the device name of your iPhone or iPad

Wondering how to change the device name of your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad? When you first set up your iOS device in iTunes you get to choose its name but that doesn’t mean you can’t change it later. In fact, it’s simple and straightforward to do so, and we’ll show you how, after the break!

Maybe you got a new iPhone and want to rename the old one. Maybe the iPad name you thought funny at first doesn’t seem so funny now. Whatever the reason, you can easily change the device name in iTunes to anything you wish.

Plug your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad into iTunes via the USB dock cable

Launch iTunes (if it doesn’t launch automatically).

Find your iOS device in the sidebar (it should show up once the connection is made).

Click on the device name and it will become editable. (If it doesn’t, make sure it has finished syncing first.)

Type in the new device name.

Click the Sync button at the bottom right.

That’s it!


Your device will now — hopefully proudly! — carry its new name.

  • igor

    I had the same problem, but the device name was blank. When I clicked on Device title nothing happened. Than I clicked on the title close to the device icon and the device name become editable. Naturally, I had a an empty string for device name, so there was a very small area that was editable.