Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are the most used modes of connectivity features on smartphones for sharing internet data and file transfer from one compatible device to another. If you scan for a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection with your Android phone or tablet, you will see either a generic or customized name of the detected devices. If you are new to Android, this little tutorial will help you assign a customized name for your phone or tablet that will be shown when other devices scan for yours.

There is nothing twisted about setting up a device name for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection and that’s why I call it a beginner’s guide. If you are a smart Android user, please do not cross beyond this point. All options are already existing under phone settings, I will just be telling you how to dig into it.

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Steps to Change Device Name from Settings

Note: You will see the option to change device name only if you have an Android device with Android 4.2 and above.

The easiest way to change the device name of your Android device is doing it from the About screen itself. Open Settings on your phone or tablet, scroll to About and tap on it. On the next screen, tap on Device Name, type the desired name for your device in the text field and select OK.

If you have an HTC device, go to Settings> About> Phone identity and tap on Phone Name. Type your custom device name and done.

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Steps to Change Device Name for Bluetooth Connection

  1. To be able to edit the settings for Bluetooth, you will have to turn it on first.You can turn on Bluetooth quickly by swiping down your finger from the status bar. This will launch the Notification center. Just tap on the Bluetooth icon to turn it on. If your phone is on Android 4.2, you can launch the Quick Settings panel by swiping down the status bar with two fingers. Bluetooth can also be enabled by tapping on the slider from Settings> Bluetooth.
  2. Open Settings on your Android device and tap on Bluetooth option.
  3. Now tap on the menu key. In Samsung phones, the left soft button beside the Home works as the menu key for all apps’ & feature’s available options. On most other phones, it is an icon with three dots in vertical order. Anyways, from the options select “Rename Device” or “Rename Phone” and type the desired name for your device in the text box that pops up. Select OK and done!

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On newer Android smartphones and tablets, changing the device name from Settings> About device automatically changes the Bluetooth name for the device.

Change Device Name for Wi-Fi Connection

Assigning the desired device name is pretty much the same like that of Bluetooth. Let’s see how you can do it.

  1. Again, to edit WiFi settings, you will have to enable it first. Go to your device’s Settings panel and tap on the toggle slider to enable it
  2. Next, tap on the “Wi-Fi” text to see the configuration screen.
  3. Tap on “Wi-Fi Direct” button on the bottom (for Samsung devices), or launch options menu to see the “Wi-Fi Direct” option (for AOSP) and then tap on it.
  4. Now tap on the menu button/icon to see the “Rename Phone” or “Rename Device” option.
  5. Type in the preferred name in the text box and select OK to save it. Done!

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Changing Device Name for WiFi Hotspot and Tethering

If you want to customize your Android phone’s name for WiFi hotspot and tethering, go to Settings> Mobile Hotspot and Tethering and turn it on. Then tap the MORE option (on Samsung devices) or the 3-dot menu button and select Configure Mobile Hotspot option and replace the existing name with a name of your choice.

So here ends our easy tutorial, if it really is, for beginners. We just hope it helps to change your Android phone/tablet names for Bluetooth and WiFi connections. For more real Tips and Tricks for Android devices, do not forget to take a tour of our useful tutorials. Cheers!

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31 COMMENTS

  1. Well-versed in English literature, Rakesh is a teacher by profession and geek at heart with an ardent passion for all things tech. He has been a theme-maker, modder, and has contributed to some custom ROMs.

    Sorry, you can’t say you’re “Well-versed in English literature” and make simple mistakes like these.

    I, too, was looking for a way to change a device’s DNS name, but it looks like there’s a couple apps in the Play store that can do this (if the device has root access).

  2. DNS Hostname Changer give that a whirl I tried all these options even seeing if there was something in Build.prop to change but alas no such go, Any who this will bring up that nasty Android Hostname swearing and let you change it……. May take a few reboots of ya modem and your phone but alas it did work for me running android 5.1.1 on S3 I9305 LTE

    BTW you will need ROOT access

  3. With Un-rooted device, you can only change Bluetooth name if you want to change hostname/networkname you must have a rooted device once you’re root there are lots of third party apps available on google market to change network name.

  4. Nicely written tutorial. Too bad it DOES NOT WORK. I changed the WiFi name on my nexus 10 to “nexus”, but it still shows up in my router as “android-nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn”.

    It’s not my puppy if I can’t name it.

  5. i think i’ve figured it out…in settings, under Wireless & Networks, choose More Settings, then scroll down to Media Share and select Nearby Devices, and then Device Name appears in there. i just got an S3 tonight and was struggling with this same issue 🙂

  6. Oh pants. 🙁 My Kies keeps saying that my phone os is up to date, so I guess there’s something amis there… looks like I need to hook the phone up to my computer and get
    digging. Just hope I’ve not been sent a dodgy phone… :-/

    Thanks for your help! 🙂

  7. Hi Rakesh, I meant that the screen print upload worked, I’m still unable to change the device name. 😉

    If you look at the screen print, you’ll see it’s different to yours, as there’s no option to change device name. I can’t find that option anywhere else in the device… 🙁

  8. Hi Rakesh, thank you for sharing such incredibly useful information! I’m a long term Samsung user and had their Samsung Galaxy S for a few years before upgrading to their Galaxy S3, and I’m always very into my devices, getting to know exactly how to handle them, and like you I prose myself on my knowledge of these devices.

    However, I have found I seem to have an issue with my SG3, I can’t rename the service at all! I’ve managed to rename it for bluetooth and wifi, but it has no option to change device name, I’ve tried everything I could think of and checked around online for hours, but still can’t get any joy…

    It was only when reading your guide and seeing your screen print that I noticed there’s something different about our phones, I’ve loaded my screen print so can see for yourself, it has no option to change the device name at all! I’ve been through the entire settings section and can’t find it, is there something wrong with my phone? Or have I missed something?

    I could really do with your help, please!

  9. This works without rooting on my Galaxy S4 and HTC One which also have Android 4.2.2. Try again, it should work on Xperia Z too.

  10. device rename not working on Sony Xperia Z. any idea on how to change without rooting my phone?

  11. I can change those two, but not the Device Name. It shows up forever as the SGH-I497 or whatever. I was able to use Windows to rename it, and then unplugged it and plugged it back in and it registered as the renamed title, but when I booted into Mac after that (where I was unable to rename the device at all) and it again reverted to calling itself SGH-I497.

    No big deal, just would like it to show up as something I actually named it. Thanks for responding.

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