How to Rename iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
A nice addition to iOS is the ability to rename your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch device directly on the device itself through the Settings app. This is a nice on-device change, and prevents users from having to go about changing the name with iTunes on a computer.
Renaming iOS hardware directly on the device this way – without using a computer or iTunes – works on virtually all versions of iOS, and with any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Here’s what you’ll want to do:
- Open the “Settings” app in iOS and then choose “General”
- Locate and tap on “About” in the general settings panel
- Tap on “Name”
- Enter the new device name using the keyboard, then tap on the Back button to save the change and rename the hardware
The change is immediately set, and in a moment will carry over to iCloud Services like Find My iPhone and your backups.
You will also see the new name show up in iTunes too, assuming you connect the device to a PC or Mac using a USB cable.
The instructions above are for modern versions of iOS like 7.0 and 8.0. That said, you can absolutely rename an iPhone or iPad on an older version of iOS too, the process is just very slightly different, described here:
- Tap on “Settings” and then “About”
- Tap on “Name” and enter the new device name
What seems like a minor change for convenience is really another step in the PC-free direction of iOS, breaking away from tethering your iPhones and iPads to computers. You can greatly push iOS hardware in the post-PC direction by setting up iCloud and using Wi-Fi sync as well, two other features available to modern versions of iOS.