How to Change AirDrop Name on iPhone, iPad, & Mac in Seconds

Learning how to change your AirDrop name is easy and super useful if you own many Apple devices. You can also change AirDrop names for personalization!

Learn how to change the name of your iPhone, iPad, or Mac the quickest way. I will teach you how to change your AirDrop name to help distinguish between devices easily, personalize your device, or even make fun requests from strangers in public areas such as "Please Send Dog Pics." Let's get started!

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How to Change Your Name on AirDrop on Your iPhone

Are you wondering how do you change your AirDrop name on iPhones and iPads quickly? You do not need to touch your AirDrop settings. Just follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings and tap General.

    Open Settings and tap General - change iphone name.
     
  2. Select About.

    Select About.
     
  3. Tap Name.

    Tap Name.
     
  4. Type the new AirDrop name.

    Type the new AirDrop name.
     
  5. Tap Done to change it.

    Tap Done to change it.

You will now see the new name of your iPhone! Now you know how to change the name of your iPhone. Keep in mind that this also changes your iPhone name, so you'll see this name on Wi-Fi networks, in Find My, and when you connect your phone to your computer.

How Do I Change My AirDrop Name on Mac

As someone who owns several MacBooks, it can be confusing to figure out which MacBook Air I am AirDropping files to. Luckily, it is easy to change Matchbook names for AirDrop purposes:

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the top left of your screen.

    Click on the Apple icon in the top left of your screen.
     
  2. Select System Preferences.

    Select System Preferences.
     
  3. Open Sharing.

    Open Sharing.
     
  4. Next to Computer Name, you can add a new AirDrop name for your Mac.

    Next to Computer Name, you can a new DropBox name for your Mac.
     
  5. Your changes will save automatically. You can exit System Preferences by clicking the red x.

    Your changes will save automatically. You can exit System Preferences by clicking the red x.
Now you know how to change iPhone names, iPad names, and MacBook names for AirDrop purposes. Just a reminder that this also changes how your device shows up in other places, so if you use my silly "Send Me Dog Pics" example, this will be the name of your device on Find My and everywhere else as well. If you enjoyed learning how to rename iPhones, iPads, and Macs, consider signing up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.
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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life who lives in Hawaii. With a BA in International Relations from Anglo American University, Olena traveled the world. She has lived in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, China, and the USA. Olena won an excellence award for a controversial article, got a grant to blog from a war-zone, and published a short fictional story. She hopes to publish a full-length novel and continue writing up a storm on her blog The Travel Bug Bite! When she’s not typing or flying, she is loving on animals, crafting bizarre creations, and devouring all-you-can-eat sushi.