How do I change the name of my phone? I get it! We all want our phones to have cool names. It’s no surprise; We want to separate ourselves from the herd. We want our phones to mimic the features of living breathing human beings. Giving names, somehow creates a sentimental connection between the user and a smartphone. Instead of saying that you have an Android device, you can actually call your phone by name, which is so much cooler. “Emily, Could you hand me Darth Vader?” Okay, you don’t have to name your phone that verbatim, but I mean, if Joey — from the highly popular sitcom FRIENDS — named his TV Stevie, why can’t we? Who’s stopping us?
In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to change the name of your phone with ease.
Step-By-Step: How Do I Change the Name of My Phone? (With Visual Instructions)
Note: This tutorial has been crafted, using a Huwaei Mate, but the steps are similar in other Android devices.
1. Open Settings.
2. Go to About Phone
3. Tap Device Name
4. Edit Device Name
5. Select Save
See, hassle free and job done in no time at all! However, keep in mind that if you’re using a Google Nexus 6P, you won’t have this option available, which is a bummer.
Step-By-Step: How to Change Bluetooth Name of Android Device(With Visual Isntructions)
Some people are interested in changing the Bluetooth name of their devices. I get their reasons behind this too. Whenever we share data via bluetooth, we want our phones to come out as badass or gentile, depending if you rename your device to Don Corleone or Nacho Libre. Okay I’ll stop the movie references and start with the tutorial.
1. Swipe down from the top and tap the Bluetooth Icon.
2. Turn Bluetooth On.
3. Select Device Name.
4. Select Rename after renaming the device.
That’s it! You’re done. Now, every time you share media, files, or apps over Bluetooth, your self-appointed name will show up.
Step-By-Step: Change the Name of your WiFi on Android(With Visual Instructions)
Again, similar instructions to the bluetooth tutorial need to be followed here. Here’s how it’s done.
1. Swipe Downward on your home screen and tap the WiFi icon.
2. Tap WiFi preferences.
3. Go to Advanced>WifiDirect.
4. Select Rename Device on the top.
5. Edit Name and Tap OK.
Need further guidance? Check out the FAQ!
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any hazards of changing the device name?
None Whatsoever! On the contrary, changing name makes your device easily identifiable.
Can I change my names in games on my Android device?
Depends on what game you’re playing. You can access the settings of that games to see whether it allows name changes or not.
How Do I change the Name of my phone if it’s a Google Nexus 6p?
So, there it is, a comprehensive and much needed article on name changes. However, if you still have some pressing questions regarding this tutorial, leave them in the comments section below. As soon as I find time, I’ll tend to them and make everything crystal clear. That’s what I’m here for to begin with!
Also, check out these related tech-recipes at your discretion.
Changing the SSID name may discourage hackers
Some Wi-Fi routers use a name called the Service Set Identifier—usually referenced as SSID—to identify the router on a local network. Manufacturers set a default SSID for their routers at the factory and typically use the same name for all their routers. Linksys routers, for example, usually all have the default SSID of Linksys, and AT&T routers use a variation of ATT plus three numbers.
Reasons to Change the Default SSID
People change a default Wi-Fi name for any of several reasons:
- To avoid having their router and network confused with those of neighbors who also use the same default names.
- To improve the security of their home network. The name choice does not increase protection by itself. Nonetheless, using a custom name can deter a network attacker because it indicates that the router is more conscientiously administered than other routers that use generic defaults. In a typical residential neighborhood with many home networks, attackers are more likely to single out the weakest network.
- To personalize a home network. The SSID can be seen by anyone nearby who scans for Wi-Fi signals from their phone or another mobile device.
How to Change the SSID Name
Each router’s instruction manual contains slightly different instructions for changing the SSID. However, the process, in general, is fairly common across the major router manufacturers. Exact names of menus and settings may vary depending on the specific router model.
Determine the router’s local address and log in to the router’s administrative console through a web browser. Enter the currently active username and password when prompted.
Routers use different IP addresses to access the control panel:
- AT&T routers use 192.168.1.254.
- Linksys routers use 192.168.1.1.
- Netgear routers use http://www.routerlogin.com.
- Some routers use 192.168.0.1.
Check the documentation or website of other router manufacturers for the local address and default login credentials of their products. An error message appears if the wrong login credentials are supplied.
One way to find a router’s address is to check the default gateway. On a Windows PC, press Win+R to open the Run box, then type cmd to open a Command Prompt window. When the window opens, type ipconfig and review the resulting information for the IP address associated with your machine’s default gateway. That’s the address you’ll type into a web browser to access the router’s admin panel.
Find the page within the router’s control panel that manages the configuration of home Wi-Fi networks. Each router’s language and menu placement will differ, so either refer to the documentation or browse the options until you find the right page.
Choose a suitable network name and enter it. An SSID is case sensitive and has a maximum length of 32 alphanumeric characters.
Avoid choosing words and phrases that are offensive to your local community. Names that may provoke network attackers such as HackMeIfUCan and GoAheadMakeMyDay should also be avoided.
Select Save or Apply to apply the changes, which take effect immediately.
Update the connection for all devices that used the previous SSID and password combination.
I’d like to change the device ID string which can be seen when I type ‘adb devices’ at command prompt. If I type ‘adb devices’ at command prompot then I can see below msg,
Is there anyone who knows how the device ID(5A3C000600000001) string generated? And how can I change the device ID string?
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If you have root access, you can enter this to a terminal emulator:
Disconnect then reconnect from the network to refresh.
I was on a Samsung Galaxy Note on ICS. Worked like a charm.
In android go to Settings > Applications > Development and tap on Device Hostname. You can then change the name and it should show up when attached to adb.
Another solution can be found here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1462320. You will need to get root access and install a terminal client and do some low level hacking to get it fixed.
Another option is to use the Hosts app mentioned in http://www.thriveforums.org/forum/toshiba-thrive-networking/3157-how-do-i-change-device-name.html, though I haven’t been able to find the app he is referring to.
Best option I think is just install Cyanogenmod on your devices. It’s the most stable custom android rom and has lots of helpful other features that aren’t in stock android.
I have several identical development systems (Odroid A) which report the same device code, thereby preventing me from using more than one on the same host PC with adb. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a way of changing this from the gingerbread GUI on this platform as previously suggested.
The device serial number (as reported by ‘adb devices’) appears to be set in the kernel, under arch/arm/plat-s5p/devs.c (look for ‘device_serial’). This may be different for your device, I’d suggest a grep through the kernel sources for the device ID that is reported by adb devices. Change the string, rebuild the kernel and flash it on.