How to name or rename your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch

Our devices come with us everywhere — don't they deserve a name to call their own? Whether you like creative naming or you just want a unique moniker for your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, here's how to do it.

Fun fact: You can use emoji to name your devices. Do with this information as you please.

How to rename your iPhone or iPad

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to General > About.
  3. Tap on Name.
  4. Enter the name you'd like to use for your iPhone or iPad.

How to rename your Apple Watch

  1. Open the Watch app on your watch's paired iPhone.
  2. Go to General > About.
  3. Tap on Name.
  4. Enter the name you'd like to use for your Apple Watch.


Let us know in the comments if you have any questions about renaming your Apple devices.

Jaclyn Kilani

Jaclyn Kilani is a content writer at iMore. She's a longtime Apple addict with a flair for creating (written works, design, photos; you name it!) on her devices. Jaclyn has also worked in the marketing sector for over 16 years, dabbling in a bit of everything from writing to graphic design and digital marketing. In her heart of hearts, however, she is a born writer and an avid reader who adores everything about the written word. Someday she may even churn out a book or two.

Throughout her career, Jaclyn has also developed something of an addiction to all things Apple. Her professional and personal life is enhanced by an ever-growing collection of iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, Apple Watches, and even AirTags. Luckily, this expensive habit is of great use to her work at iMore, where she writes with authority on Apple products and the accessories that go with them.

  • Thanks Rene! I have always wondered if changing my iPhone's name would cause complications, but there weren't any. Didn't even cause any problems with Xcode device provisioning.
  • I don't think this is what apple means by OTA. Changing your devices name on the device doesn't really sound like over-the-air in my opinion.
  • You beat me to the punch but I concure your opinion. I was thinking this was about changing your iDevice's name remotely or Over-The-Air.
  • ahem, Rene, it's actually the new iPad, not the iPad 3...
  • Thanks. I've tried all this and it already shows up with my new assigned name under settings.
    But when I emailed something to myself (a video) it still showed up under the original name. Any ideas why and what I should do?