AirDrop is one of the fastest ways to transfer files wirelessly between Apple devices. Using AirDrop, you can share/transfer files wirelessly with nearby Apple devices. When you share a file on an iPhone, you will see all the nearby Apple devices’ with their respective names in the share sheet. And if you are figuring a way to change that name, following this guide you can change your AirDrop name on your Apple iPhone and iPad.
By default, your AirDrop name will be your First Name, followed by your Apple Device. For instance, my name is Anubhav, and I own an iPhone SE, so other Apple Devices will recognize me as “Anubhav’s iPhone” inside AirDrop.
Now this will work fine if you don’t own multiple iPhones. But in case you do, it will create issues when you are looking for a specific iPhone to transfer files via AirDrop.
In such a situation, you must change your AirDrop name on your Apple device. Here is how to do it.
How to change your AirDrop name on Apple iPhone and iPad?
1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone/iPad.
2. Inside the Settings app, tap on “General.”
3. And then tap on “About.” Here you can find all the information about your Apple devices, including Software version, Model Number, Serial number, etc.
4. Now tap on the “Name” on the top of your About screen.
5. Give your iPhone or iPad a unique name. And once you are done, tap on “Done” to change the name of your iPhone or iPad.
Doing so will also change your name on AirDrop. Now every time someone tries to send files with you over AirDrop, they will see this new name on their iPhone, iPad, and Mac OS. Do note that changing your Apple device name will also change it for your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi hotspot.
FAQ: Rename AirDrop on iPhone and iPad!
How do I change the AirDrop name on the iPad?
Just like iPhone, you can change the name on AirDrop on your iPad as well. The process to rename AirDrop on your iPad’s iPad OS remains the same.
On your Apple iPad, Go to Settings >> General >> About.
Then tap on your device name and type in the name you want your iPad to display while sending or receiving files via AirDrop. Finally, tap on “Done” to save this new name.
After that, every Apple device looking to AirDrop you something will see this new name on their iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
What happens when I change the name of my AirDrop on my iPhone or iPad?
Technically, you are changing your Apple device name assigned to you during the initial device setup.
Hence, when you change the name of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, it will change the way other Apple device recognizes your device. Whether it’s an AirDrop transfer or a Bluetooth connection, everyone will see this new, easy-to-recognize name when they try to connect with your device wirelessly.
On top of that, it also gives your devices a unique personality over the usual “Your first name + your device mode” device name. And if you feel like ticking some funny bones, you can give your Apple iPhone and iPad a funny name as well.
Wrapping up: Change AirDrop name on iPhone and iPad!
This wraps up our guide on changing the AirDrop name on any iPhone and iPad. You can follow the same process to change the AirDrop name on your iPod touch as well. And once you change the name, you can see the new name on your Nearby Apple devices.
So if you have multiple iPhones or iPads lying around in your house, you can rename them following the exact instructions. You can change your device name in AirDrop on any Apple device running iOS or iPad OS using this method.