How to rename your Apple TV

Apple TV settings
Apple TV settings (Image credit: iMore)

Whether you have multiple Apple TVs on your network or you just want to give your new little black box a title, it's simple to rename your fourth-generation Apple TV. To begin, you need your Apple TV on and connected to your television, and your remote in-hand.

How to rename your fourth-generation Apple TV

  1. Go to the Settings app on the Apple TV.
  2. Select AirPlay.
  3. Select Apple TV Name.
  4. Choose from one of Apple's pre-made names, or select Custom Name....
  5. Give your Apple TV a custom moniker and press Done.

That's it! Now, when you're looking for your Apple TV under the AirPlay menu on your other devices, or via the Remote app on your iPhone, you'll see it by its new name.

How to rename an older Apple TV (third-generation or earlier)

  1. Go to the Settings app on the Apple TV.
  2. Select General > About > Name.
  3. Name your Apple TV as you see fit.


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Serenity Caldwell

Serenity was formerly the Managing Editor at iMore, and now works for Apple. She's been talking, writing about, and tinkering with Apple products since she was old enough to double-click. In her spare time, she sketches, sings, and in her secret superhero life, plays roller derby. Follow her on Twitter @settern.

  • What's your AppleTV name? Mine is "Think Outside the Box". Sent from the iMore App
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  • Any idea how to get rid of an old Apple TV from your AirPlay list? I've got one listed that has the name of one I had in the past. It's not in my Apple account device list, but shows up on everyone in the house's iPhone and iPad AirPlay list. I've searched everywhere for a solution.
  • I name all my Apple Devices (and hard drives) after "Sopranos" episodes. My Apple TV is "Watching Too Much Television", a bit on the nose.