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How to change the name of your AirPods

The AirPods are well-named, but sometimes you just want to make things a little more personal.
September 22, 2022

When you buy a new set of AirPods, Apple tries to do you a solid and generate a name for them. Unfortunately, the name isn’t always helpful, especially if you have more than one pair. It’s easy enough to change the name to something you like better, and it can add a nice personal touch. Here’s how to change the name of your AirPods.

See also: The best AirPods alternatives

The process is the same regardless of which pair of Apple headphones you have — be it the classic AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max. You can run through the steps in just a minute, so hurry up and come up with a great name.


To change the name of your AirPods on iOS, open the Settings app. Head to the Bluetooth menu and press the blue Information icon next to your AirPods. Tap the Name option and enter anything you please. If you're on an Android device, head to Settings and find the Connected Devices menu. Select the Settings cog next to your AirPods and choose Rename.

How to change the name of your AirPods on iOS

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This entire process takes just five steps. If you come up with a better name down the road, you can always come back and rename your earbuds as much as you want. Just memorize these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app and head to the Bluetooth section of your iOS device.
  2. Press the blue Information icon next to the pair of AirPods you want to change the name of.
  3. Tap on the Name option.
  4. Type in whatever name you want to use.
  5. Press the Back arrow twice to get back to the Bluetooth screen.

As long as you can see your new name on the Bluetooth menu, your job is done. If you don’t see your new name, try the steps above one more time. If you have an Android device and you want to rename your earbuds, keep reading.

See also: Apple AirPods Gen-3 review | Apple AirPods Pro review

How to change the name of your AirPods on Android

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Renaming AirPods with an Android phone is surprisingly easier than doing it on iOS. You don’t even need to be connected to your earbuds to tinker with the name. Just give these steps a try, and you should be on your way:

  1. Open your Settings app and head to the Connected devices section.
  2. Find your AirPods in the menu of previously connected devices.
  3. Tap the settings cog at the right side of your screen.
  4. Press the Pencil icon located next to the Device details header.
  5. Type in whatever name you please and press the Rename button.
  6. Double-check that your new name shows up in the Bluetooth menu.

Voila, one renamed pair of AirPods with iOS nowhere to be seen. As promised, it takes just a minute or two, and you have the freedom to create a clever name if you want to. However, you can only change the local name of your AirPods on Android — this won’t change the name on every device.

See also: How to connect Apple AirPods to an Android phone