Like most PC and Mac computers, your iPhone 5 has a device name. This is the name that you see when you connect your iPhone 5 to iTunes, or when you are checking the names of devices connected to your router. Typically the default name for your iPhone 5 will be your name, followed by the word “iPhone.” For example, mine said “Matthew’s iPhone” by default. But this can be confusing if you have multiple people connected to the same network with the same name, or if you have two iPhones and want to distinguish one from the other. Fortunately it is possible to change the name of your iPhone 5 directly from the device.
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Change the iPhone 5 Device Name
Fortunately this is a change that will occur immediately. For example, I was writing this article while my iPhone 5 was connected to iTunes via Wi-Fi sync, and the device name change showed up instantly. So continue reading the steps below to learn how to change the name on your iPhone 5.
Note that this will also change your iPhone’s Bluetooth name, as we discuss in this article.
Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.
Step 2: Select the General option.
Step 3: Select the About option at the top of the screen.
Step 4: Touch the Name field at the top of the screen.
Step 5: Type the new name for your iPhone 5, then tap the Done button on the keyboard.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
His main writing topics include iPhones, Microsoft Office, Google Apps, Android, and Photoshop, but he has also written about many other tech topics as well.