How To Change your AirPod Name
Apple’s wireless earbuds, the AirPods are one of the most popular Bluetooth options available on the market today. Easily paired with any Apple device (and even some others), great sound quality, and usability make these tiny buds the perfect accessory for listening and communicating while on the go.
There are many different ways to customize your AirPods settings to your liking. This article focuses on changing the AirPod name, but we’ll also provide you with some tips and tricks to take full advantage of the earbuds. Let’s dive right in.
Things to Know
Before changing the name of your AirPods, let’s first review some information you may need to know before moving forward.
By default, the earbuds display the name in the following format: (Your Name)’s AirPods. This is fine for most users, but if you want to make the earbuds stand out or you have multiple pairs, the name change is a must.
You must first pair your AirPods to an Apple device. Most of the controls are only accessible on Apple products. If you’ve already done this, keep reading. But, if not, follow these instructions:
- Open your AirPod case and hold the button on the back.
- When the AirPods appear on your screen, tap ‘Connect.’
- Your AirPods will automatically connect to your Apple device.
Of course, you can do this with a Mac as well. Go to ‘Preferences,’ then ‘Bluetooth,’ and finally, hold the button on the back of your AirPods to pair. Once paired, you can manage the controls and update the name.
There are two ways to rename the AirPods – via your iPhone/ iPad or via a Mac. The following sections provide a step-by-step guide for each method.
Rename AirPods Using iPhone or iPad
If your AirPods are paired to an iOS device, follow these instructions:
- Access Settings on your iPad or iPhone and select Bluetooth. Turn the Bluetooth on and pair AirPods with your device.
- Find your AirPods under My Devices and hit the “i” icon on the far right.
- Tap Name in the following menu and rename the AirPods to whatever you want. Hit Done and you are good to go.
If you do not see the options shown in the above screenshot it’s because your AirPods are not currently connected. Open the case and try again. If you see ‘Connected’ next to your AirPods, they’re good to go.
Rename AirPods Using a Mac
AirPods are perfectly paired with Apple computers too! For conference calls, FaceTime calls, or enjoying videos, you can enjoy the small wireless buds with your computer. If you need to update the name of your AirPods, follow these instructions to do so on a Mac:
- Click on the Apple icon in the upper right-hand corner of your Mac’s home screen. Then, click ‘System Preferences.’
- Click the Bluetooth options. Turn the Bluetooth on and pair AirPods with your Mac.
- Navigate to your AirPods under Devices and right-click to reveal the pop-up window.
- Choose Rename and feel free to get creative with the new name. Confirm by clicking on Rename again.
If the option to rename your AirPods does not appear, it’s because they aren’t connected. Open the case and click on the AirPods.
Useful AirPods Tips and Tricks
Besides changing the name, there are a few other hacks to adjust the AirPods’ settings to your preferences.
Double Tap Options
The AirPods’ Bluetooth menu allows you to tweak double-tap options for each pod. The settings include:
- Move to the next or previous track
- Stop, pause, or play audio, be it music, podcasts, or audiobooks.
- Double-tap to trigger Siri and use her to control sound or utilize other Siri functions
By default, the AirPod microphone is Automatically, so it doesn’t matter which pod you use. However, you can set it to Always Right/ Always Left. This way only the selected earbud acts as a microphone even when inside the case or away from your ear.
Auto Ear Detection
AirPods know they are in your ear. If you remove them the playback automatically pauses or stops (when both earbuds are off).
Disabling Automatic Ear Detection means the audio will keep playing even if you are not wearing the buds. It is advisable to keep this feature as default because it helps you save some battery life.
Locate Your AirPods
At first glance, AirPods might look like a gadget that’s easy to lose. But once you start using them, you realize the chances of them falling out are slim to none, even if you go running.
However, you can use “Find My iPhone” to locate the earbuds if you manage to displace them, or the pods end up in the wrong hands. This works from iCloud.com or the “Find My iPhone” app.
Better Battery Life
AirPods give you about five hours of battery life on a single charge and it doesn’t take long for them to recharge. But if you want to squeeze out some more juice, you can use only one bud while the other recharges and switch when needed.
For this to work smoothly, you need to keep the automatic microphone and detection options on. And don’t worry, you will be able to listen to stereo sound with one AirPod.
Charging Case Status Lights
The status light in the middle of the AirPod charging case is color-coordinated. With the earbuds inside, the case shows the AirPods’ charge status.
If the case is empty, the light shows the status of the case. For example, amber shows there’s less than one full charge. Green, on the other hand, indicates a full charge. And a flashing light means the earbuds are ready to connect.
Share Phone Calls and Music
It’s super easy to share music and phone calls with AirPods. You just give one of the earbuds to your friend or a family member, and that’s it.
However, only one bud can work as a microphone at a time.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve included this section to answer more of your most frequently asked questions about the Apple AirPods.
Can I rename my AirPods on an Android device?
Unfortunately, no. While many Android users prefer to use Apple’s AirPods, it is not possible to change any of the controls or customize the buds without one of the above-listed Apple products.
How do I factory reset my AirPods?
If you’re experiencing a glitch with your AirPods, or you’re gifting them to someone else, you can reset them. Open the case and head over to the Settings in your iPhone. Tap on ‘Bluetooth.’ Tap the ‘i’ icon next to your AirPods. Tap ‘Forget Device.’
Cut the Wire
Compared to some other wireless earbuds, AirPods offer more customization options. Changing the name gives a personal touch, but the double-tap options are probably the most useful. Either way, now you know all the tricks to get the best out of your AirPods.
Do you use AirPods to listen to music, make calls, or listen to podcasts? Share your preference with the rest of the community in the comments below.