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How to rename Bluetooth device on Windows 11

When you pair a Bluetooth device on Windows 11, it pairs with its own name. This name is determined by the device’s manufacturer and its model. If you have, for example, paired a Beats headset, it will show up with the name Beats in Bluetooth devices. If you the device name isn’t user friendly, you will have trouble figuring out which is which.

Bluetooth device on Windows 11

Rename Bluetooth device on Windows 11

Bluetooth devices must have a name, any name, when they pair with Windows 11. This is why there’s always a stock/default name for a device. That said, users have freedom to rename a Bluetooth device. A better, user friendly name can be added for any connected device and the name can be changed as often as a user needs to.

How to rename Bluetooth device on Windows 11

To rename a Bluetooth device on Windows 11, make sure;

  • The device has been paired to the Windows 11 system
  • The device is connected to the device (this isn’t always necessary but a good idea to make sure the change sticks).

To rename the device, follow these steps;

  1. Open Control panel.
  2. Go to Hardware and Sound.
  3. Select Devices and printers.
  4. The Bluetooth devices will be listed at the top.
  5. Right-click the Bluetooth device you want to rename.
  6. Select Properties from the context menu. 

  1. Go to the Bluetooth tab.
  2. Click inside the name field and you will find it is editable.
  3. Change the name.
  4. Click Apply.
  5. The device name will be updated.

Change not applied

If you’ve renamed a Bluetooth device, but it still appears with its old/stock name in the Settings app or the Action Center, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Settings app with the Win+I keyboard shortcut.
  2. Go to Bluetooth and devices.
  3. Click the Disconnect button under the Bluetooth device that you renamed.
  4. Allow the device to disconnect.
  5. Once disconnected, connect the device again by clicking the Connect button.
  6. The name will be updated.

Reset Bluetooth device name

If you’d like to change the name of the Bluetooth device back to what it originally was, you can do so by unpairing and pairing it again.

  1. Open the Settings app with the Win+I keyboard shortcut.
  2. Go to Bluetooth and devices.
  3. Click the more options button at the top right of a Bluetooth device.
  4. Select Remove device.
  5. Turn the Bluetooth device off, and then on again.
  6. Pair the device with Windows 11.
  7. When the device has been paired, it will show up with its stock/default name.

Conclusion

Windows 11 allows multiple Bluetooth devices to have the same name so if you connect different devices of the same make and model you will have a hard time telling them apart. Renaming your devices is a great way to keep things organized. 

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