For most of us, our iPhone or iPad is the most important device we own. That’s why we want to make sure it has a personalized name. The name you set up for your iPhone or iPad – the one that shows up in the iCloud Settings app, in a personal hotspot and when someone AirDrops to your device — can also help identify your device over Bluetooth from other nearby devices. That can be helpful if you’re trying to keep your data private from people with bad intentions (hackers, sysadmins).
When you first set up an iPhone or iPad, iOS assigns it a generic name that includes the owner’s last name, such as “Tim’s iPhone.” That’s fine for most cases, but there are times when you might want to change it. Maybe you have a phone with a previous owner and want to give it a new moniker, or perhaps you just prefer a less personally identifying name for privacy reasons.
Luckily, it’s easy to change the name of your iPhone or iPad, regardless of what version of iOS you have on it. You can do it in the iCloud Settings app or on your device itself. The change happens instantly on iCloud and everywhere else where your iPhone’s name is used. Here’s how to do it: