Renaming your AirPods offers you a more personalized touch and a sense of ownership. It also helps you spot your device from the list of possibly all the AirPods in the world right when you need to connect to your own.
Well, it is certain that we will be learning how to rename AirPods, but we will also specifically be looking at how you can rename them using multiple devices including Mac, Windows, Android, and obviously iPhones.
So, it is quite a seamless process to rename your AirPods, the most it entails is a bit of knowledge about the respective operating systems and devices. That said, let’s now learn how you can rename your AirPods using the iPhone or iPad.
For the record, you can rename your AirPods Max, AirPods Pro, and AirPods (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Gen) as all of them support the renaming feature.
How to Rename AirPods Using iPhone or iPad?
Whether it is an iPhone or iPad you are using to rename your AirPods, you first need to ensure you are using them and that they are connected to your device(s). After that, follow the instructions below:
1. Head to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Spot ‘Bluetooth’ and tap on it to enter and view your AirPods in the list.
3. You should see the ‘i’ icon right next to your AirPods, tap on it.
4. Here you will see the name field, where you can type in the new name.
5. Once you are finished typing, tap ‘Done,’ and your AirPods will be renamed.
There is an interesting catch here. If you have used the same Apple ID to sign in to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, renaming your AirPods on any one of them will automatically update it across all your devices. You will see your AirPods listed under the new name on the rest of your devices after you’re done renaming.
How to Rename AirPods Using Mac?
As we already mentioned, whatever AirPods you are using, can be renamed not only from iPhones but from Macs as well. Here’s the easy method via Mac.
1. On your Mac screen, click the Apple symbol on the top-left corner and select ‘System Preferences’ from the dropdown menu.
2. Select ‘Bluetooth’ from system preferences.
3. Now connect your AirPods to your Mac.
4. You should see your AirPods listed in the devices section on the Bluetooth page.
5. Select your device, right-click on it to open a dropdown menu, and select ‘Rename’ from there.
6. Press and hold the Control key while you select your device to open the dropdown menu.
7. Now type in the new name of your AirPods, and confirm your action by clicking ‘Rename’ again.
Your AirPods will then be renamed after the name you have set and will show up with the same name every time you connect them to your device.
Now that you have learned the method on Apple devices, it’s time we learn how to rename them using your Windows PC and Android Smartphone.
How to Rename AirPods Using Your Android Smartphone?
The process of renaming your AirPods using your Android smartphone is quite an easy one, it is more or less the same as renaming them using iPhone and iPad, here is how you can do so:
Note that some AirPods features don’t work with Android smartphones including Siri, customizations, etc.
- Take your AirPods out of their case.
- Head to ‘Settings’ of your Android > Bluetooth. (In some cases Android > Connections > Bluetooth.)
- As you switch on the Bluetooth toggle, below will appear a list of all available Bluetooth devices.
- From there, spot your AirPods, and tap the settings icon next to them.
- There you will see an option called ‘Rename,’ tap on it and rename your AirPods.
- Once finished, your AirPods will be renamed.
Like with iOS devices, the new name of your AirPods won’t automatically sync with other devices you have. You will have to do it manually.
How to Rename AirPods Using Windows PC?
Yes! You can not only connect your AirPods to your windows PC but rename them for added personalization. Here are the steps you should follow to do so:
- Press the Windows button, and start typing ‘Hardware & Sound.’
- Your query will return with the ‘Control Panel’ results.
- Enter or click to open the result.
- From the main Control Panel window, click ‘Hardware & Sound.’
- Go to Devices & Printers, and find and choose your AirPods.
- Right-click on your AirPods, and click on Properties
- You will see three or four different tabs in a single window, head to the Bluetooth tab.
- Type in the new name of your AirPods, and that’s it, they are renamed.
Now again, your AirPods will have to be renamed manually on every other Windows PC as they don’t automatically sync across the respective devices. That functionality is exclusive to iOS devices with the same Apple ID only.
Why Can’t You Rename Your AirPods?
There can be many reasons keeping you from renaming your AirPods, and one of the most prominent of them is a bug or disturbance within the firmware. Your AirPods might be victimized by a problem that will need swift action from Apple in the form of a software update.
Or you can try resetting your AirPods as it has higher chances of success and may once again allow you to rename them from iOS or Android or Windows devices. At last, if you can, you should take them to Apple’s store for a quick inspection, and do as they instruct.
How to Rename AirPods that belong to someone else?
It is true you can rename someone else’s AirPods, and the process to do it is the same as renaming your AirPods. Just determine the device you will be used to rename them, and once you have, follow the instructions for that particular device on this guide, and you will be able to rename the AirPods.
Can Your AirPods have two different names?
Unfortunately, no! The AirPods cannot bear two different names as Apple has set up their default functionality to be recognized from the first device they get connected with. You will have to change its name manually for multiple devices, which brings you back to renaming your AirPods which we have explained quite thoroughly in this Shop Carmel exclusive guide.
Why do my AirPods have a different name?
The AirPods embrace the name of the same device they connect with. For instance, for the first time, if they are connected to iPhone X, they will automatically be named iPhone X’s AirPods. For the second time, if they connect to a newer phone, they will be named after that. You don’t have to get frightened if you see your AirPods with a different name, you can always rename them according to your preference.
To rename your AirPods, you only have to take them out of their case, head to the Bluetooth settings of your devices, spot your AirPods, and right-click or tap the settings icon in front of them. There you can rename your AirPods with the name of your choice, and if you are more of an iOS-geek, you can find them with the same name on all your iOS devices using your Apple ID. Hopefully, this guide will help you achieve just that, using whatever device you possess.