In this tutorial, we’ll see how we can change Android device name under device settings. Besides, we’ll also be describing the way to change WiFi Direct and Hotspot network name and the Bluetooth connection name for Android devices.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are the most used modes of connectivity features on smartphones for sharing internet data and transferring files from one 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 Android phone or tablet that will be shown when other devices scan for yours. Let’s see how we can change device name for WiFi, Bluetooth, mobile hotspot or tethering.
There is nothing twisted about setting up a device name for WiFi 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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Change Android Device Name from Settings
The easiest way to change the device name of your Android device is by doing it from the About phone screen itself. Open Settings on your phone or tablet, scroll to About phone or device and tap on it. On the next screen, tap on Device Name, and then type the desired name for your device in the text field and select OK.
Please Note: If you have a Samsung Galaxy device, you need to change the device name only and your Bluetooth name and WiFi Direct name will be automatically set. Go to Settings> About Phone and tap the Edit option under the device name. Type your custom device name and select Done.
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Changing Bluetooth Name
- To be able to edit the settings for Bluetooth, you will have to turn it on first. Bluetooth can also be enabled by tapping on the slider from Settings> Bluetooth.
- Open Settings on your Android device and tap on Bluetooth option.
- Tap the Device name and enter the new name for your phone or tablet and tap OK. On OnePlus devices, you’ll be able to see the Device name after selecting Pair new device option. On some Android devices other you need to tap the 3-dot vertical menu icon to see the device rename option.
Change WiFi Direct Name on Android
Assigning the desired device name is pretty much the same as that of Bluetooth. Let’s see how you can do it.
- 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
- Next, tap on the “Wi-Fi” text to see the configuration screen.
- Tap on “Wi-Fi Direct”, or launch options menu to see the “Wi-Fi Direct” option (for AOSP) and then tap on it.
- Now tap on the 3-vertical-dot menu icon to see the “Rename Phone” or “Rename Device” option.
- Type in the preferred name in the text box and select OK to save it.
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Change WiFi Hotspot Name on Android
If you want to customize your Android phone’s name for WiFi hotspot and tethering, go to Settings> Mobile/Wi-Fi Hotspot and Tethering and turn it on. Then tap the Hotspot name option and type the name you want to show. On some Android phones, you need to tap the 3-dot menu icon and select Configure Mobile Hotspot option to 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 device name. Bluetooth name, Hotspot name, and WiFi Direct name. For more useful tips and tricks for Android devices, do not forget to take a tour of our useful tutorials. Cheers!
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My dear brother, I ask you to explain to me I have a vivo y12 version 9 if you know a way to change the name of the manufacturer -Device Name -or hide it on the WiFi network that is connected to it temporarily or always without root I found a way to change Mac Idris temporarily so all programs that reveal the identity of callers reveal the name The phone, I thank you only this is what interests me
FINALLY!! I had to use the wi-fi Direct option, and I never would have found it. Thanks!
None of this works from Android 5.0+
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
I have a sony xperia M3 android 4.4.4 none of this options exist.
my samsung duos gt-1908 cant open the bluetooth? and error on updating software?
Install the stock firmware manually.
what is stock firmware?
Seeing how you dont know what stock firmware is im going to assume your still on it
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.
thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :* :*
cannot find settings for Device ID on Xperia Z running on 4.3..
Then use other methods.
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.
you need to root your device in order to change that weird name.
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!
Huzzar! It’s worked here, lol!
Nice to know you could change the device name. Congrats! 🙂
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… 🙁
Your screenshot shows that your phone has Android 4.1.2. The device name change works on devices with Android 4.2 or up. 🙁
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! 🙂
Actually Android 4.2 is not yet out for S3. There is a leaked version of 4.2 for GT-I9300 though.
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 🙂
device rename not working on Sony Xperia Z. any idea on how to change without rooting my phone?
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.
Not working on galaxy 4S
Thank you for sharing useful information.I think I need it. thanks!
You’re welcome! Which device do you have?
This does not work on an AT&T Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
Are unable to change name even for WiFi and Bluetooth?
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.