iPhone How to Change Your AirDrop Name on iPad and Mac

AirDrop is a very convenient feature to transfer files between your Apple devices. Take a photo with your iPhone; AirDrop it to your Mac and start editing. AirDrop is simple to use, but having multiple Apple devices makes the AirDrop interface even more intimidating. If you see multiple devices with the same moniker. It’s time to change your AirDrop name.

How to change your AirDrop name?

By default, Apple assigns a non-standard name to all similar devices. If you have 2 MacBook Pros, it will show up as ‘MacBook Pro’ in the AirDrop menu. So you have to try and guess which device to actually send the file to. Your iPhone, You can now solve the problem by changing your AirDrop name on iPad and Mac.

How to Rename AirDrop on iPhone and iPad

There are 2 ways to do this on your iPhone and iPad. You can choose to follow either of them or perform steps from both of them to make sure your AirDrop name is changed.

I. Update your contact card to change AirDrop Display Name.

The first way to change the AirDrop display name is by updating your contact card to reflect the name you want to see. In general, When someone tries to AirDrop a file to you; Apple displays the same name on your contact card. How to change your AirDrop name to rename it?

Step 1: Open the Contacts app on your iPhone or iPad. Click on your name to the right of My Card.

Step 2: Select the edit option in the top right corner.

Step 3: Enter the name you want to display in the AirDrop menu. This will be your new AirDrop name.

Step 4: Click Done to save the changes.

II Change your iPhone/iPad name.

If changing your contact card doesn’t help, You can change the name of your iPhone or iPad directly through the Settings app. This name will then be displayed in the AirDrop menu. Here’s how to change the name of your iPhone or iPad.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone. Go to the general section.

Step 2: now, Click on the About option.

Step 3: At the top you will see the Name section. Click on it.

Step 4: Rename your iPhone as you wish. This is the name that will be displayed when transferring files via AirDrop.

Note: This method is helpful if you have multiple Apple devices signed in to the same Apple ID. This is because your contact card will remain the same across all devices and will not change the name of every device because of the change.

If you find that the changes haven’t taken place even after changing the names, restart your iPhone or iPad and try again.

How to change your Mac’s name on AirDrop

If you’re wondering how to rename your Mac’s AirDrop, The process is simple for iPhone and iPad. You just need to change the default name set for your Mac with macOS and you’re good to go. How to do that?

Step 1: Click the Apple logo in the upper-left corner of your Mac screen. Select System Preferences.

System preferences

Step 2: Go to the Sharing tab. Here you will find the option to rename your Mac.

Step 3: At the top of the window you’ll see a Computer Name text box. Enter your preferred name here. This will now be your Mac’s AirDrop name.

After changing the name, restart your Mac for the change to take effect.

Why do all my Apple devices show the same AirDrop name?

Typically, All Apple devices signed in to the same Apple ID have the same AirDrop name. This is quite counter-intuitive as you have to keep guessing which device the file is on. The solution to this problem on iPhone is to remove your email ID from your contact card. You can by following these steps.

How to fix same AirDrop name on iPhone and iPad?

Step 1: Open the Contacts app on your iPhone or iPad. Click on your name to the right of My Card.

Step 2: Select the edit option in the top right corner.

Step 3: Click the Remove button next to the email ID. Then click Delete.

Step 4: Click Done to save the changes.

How to fix same Apple ID name on Mac

On a Mac, You can change the local hostname to be different from your other devices. Here’s how.

Step 1: Click the Apple logo in the upper-left corner of your Mac screen.

Apple logo on Mac

Step 2: Select System Preferences.

System preferences

Step 3: Go to the Sharing tab. Here you will find the option to rename your Mac.

Step 4: Click the Edit button under Computer Name.

Step 5: Enter the local hostname of your choice and make sure it is different from the local hostnames of your other Mac computers. Then click OK.

Restart your Mac for the change to take effect.

What should I do if I can’t find other devices?

Sometimes, Your devices don’t appear in the AirDrop menu, so you can’t send your files. The best way to solve this is to properly set up AirDrop on your iPhone and make sure you follow the correct steps to share files between your Apple devices.

If you haven’t succeeded yet, Check out the best ways to fix AirDrop not working on iPhone or Mac.

AirDrop Rename FAQs

1. Can you see who Airdropped you?

If you receive an AirDrop from someone else’s device; You will see a prompt asking if you want to accept or reject the incoming file. Here you can see who is trying to send you something via AirDrop.

2. Can you AirDrop without Wi-Fi or Bluetooth?

AirDrop does not require an Internet connection, but the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth switches must be enabled for AirDrop to work.

3. Is the device name the same as the AirDrop name?

Yes, They are the same.

4. Will changing the iPhone’s name also change its Bluetooth name?

Changing the name of your iPhone will change its AirDrop, Bluetooth and personal hotspot names will also be changed.

Share files with the right tool.

No more wasting time sending your files to all your devices one by one because you sent to the wrong device with the same name. Change your AirDrop name using the steps above and send your files to any device you want without the hassle.

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