With iOS 5 going PC-free, you can now change the name of your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad right on the device itself. That's right, no more connecting via USB to iTunes on the desktop or fighting sync to get it done. With just a few taps in one app, you can now make sure your device has a memorable name for everything from iCloud backup and restore to Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot tethering.
A unique, easily identifiable device name is a great way to make sure you can always pick out your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad from a crowd, especially if that crowd is multiple devices in your own family.
How to change the device name of your iPhone or iPad over-the-air (OTA)
The device name is how everything from iTunes to iCloud, Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot to iPhoto identifies your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.
- Launch Settings.
- Tap on the General tab at the bottom left.
- Tap About at the top right.
- Tap on the Name at the top right.
- Change the text to reflect the name you want.
- Tap Done on the keyboard.
That's it. From now on when you go to Personal Hotspot, iCloud backups, etc. you'll see your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad listed under its brand new name.
How to change the device name of your iPhone or iPad using iTunes
If you have problems, want to go old school, or simply feel more comfortable changing the name of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using iTunes, you can still do that as well.
How to get more help with iCloud and PC-free
- How to set up, back up, restore, and update using iCloud
- How to set up and use iCloud mail, contacts, and calendars
- How to set up and use iTunes in the Cloud
- How to set up and use iTunes Match
- How to set up and use Photo Stream
- How to set up and use Documents in the Cloud
- How to set up and use Find my Friends
If you still need help with setting up your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, or any other iCloud or PC-free feature, head on over to our iCloud Forum and ask away!