Your iPhone broadcasts a default Bluetooth name based on its model and serial number. Changing this name allows giving your iPhone a customized title identifiable when pairing with other devices. A unique name is useful if connecting multiple iPhones so you can easily distinguish your specific device.
Here are the main ways to change your iPhone’s Bluetooth name:
- Go to Settings > General on your iPhone.
- Select About.
- Tap Name near the top of the screen.
- Delete the current name and enter your new preferred name.
- Hit Done once complete and your new name will be visible when connecting via Bluetooth.
During Initial Setup
When setting up a new or reset iPhone, you have the option to change the name on the Choose Your Look screen.
- Select the Text beneath the color squares.
- Type your desired name into the field.
- Tap Continue and the name will apply including for Bluetooth.
Through iTunes or Finder
- Connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes or Finder.
- Select your iPhone from the sidebar menu.
- Go to Summary > Name.
- Enter your customized Bluetooth name and click Done.
The changed name will sync to your iPhone for Bluetooth connections.
With Shortcuts Automation
You can use a Shortcuts automation to automatically change the Bluetooth name any time it reconnects.
- Create a new automation triggered by Bluetooth connecting.
- Add a Set Name action to set your name.
- Ensure Ask Before Running is disabled.
- Save the automation.
Now whenever your iPhone reconnects to a Bluetooth device, your name will change as specified.
Key Advantages of Changing Your Bluetooth Name:
- Makes your device more recognizable when pairing.
- Helps identify your iPhone if multiple nearby.
- Lets you customize your device name for fun.
- Can incorporate business names, slogans, etc.
- Provides a layer of privacy from default names.
Adjusting your iPhone’s discoverable Bluetooth name is simple and adds personal flair. Change it regularly to keep custom names updated.
FAQs About Changing iPhone Bluetooth Name:
Q: Does changing the name affect Bluetooth functionality?
A: No, changing the name does not impact Bluetooth connectivity at all – it remains fully functional.
Q: Is there a character limit for Bluetooth device names?
A: Yes, Bluetooth names are limited to around 30 characters maximum.
Q: Will my contacts see the new Bluetooth name?
A: Yes, your customized name will now be visible when pairing with all devices.
Q: Does the name need to be unique?
A: No uniqueness is required, but using a distinctive name prevents confusion if similar devices are nearby.
Q: Will the name stay changed permanently?
A: The customized name will persist unless you change it again manually or reset your iPhone.
Personalizing your iPhone’s discoverable Bluetooth name is an easy way to customize its identity when wirelessly connecting with other devices. Follow the instructions outlined above to change the name from Settings, iTunes/Finder or with a Shortcuts automation.
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