Once you’ve paired your AirPods to your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you’ll notice that their default name is “(Your Name)’s AirPods.” While some of you might be perfectly fine with that, others might want to change their name.
If that’s the case, you’ll need to follow a few simple steps. You can change their name any time you want so committing this process to memory is useful.
Here’s how to change your AirPods name.
How to Change Your AirPods Name on iPhone or iPad
Before you do anything you’ll need to grab your iPhone or iPad. Once you’ve got your device(s) in hand, follow these steps to change the name of your AirPods.
- Open your AirPods case or place one or both of the AirPods buds in your ears.
- Open up the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Head into the Bluetooth section.
- Find your AirPods on the list and tap the blue “i” to bring up a new screen.
- On the next screen you can manually change your AirPods name to whatever you want.
To ensure the new name stuck, go back to your list of Bluetooth devices and check for your new AirPods name.
How to Change Your AirPods Name on Mac
You can also change your AirPods name on your Mac. Here’s how to do that.
- Connect your AirPods to your Mac.
- Click the Apple logo in the top left corner of the screen.
- Select System Preferences.
- Click on Bluetooth.
- Under your Devices, right click your AirPods. A popup menu should appear.
- From this popup menu click on Rename and change your AirPods Name.
- Click Rename again to make the change stick.
That’s all there is to it. Now you know how to change the name of your AirPods whenever you want.
Install iOS 14.4.2 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.4.2 right now.
iOS 14.4.2 has an important security patch on board and you can read more about the change over on Apple's website.
If you missed iOS 14.4.1, you get its patch with your upgrade to iOS 14.4.2. You can read about that patch right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.4, you get the update's patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about iOS 14.4's security patches right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.3 you'll get its nine security updates with your upgrade. You can read more about them on its security site.
iOS 14.3 also included a new privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices.
If you skipped iOS 14.2, your iOS 14.4.2 update includes 24 additional security patches. You can learn more about the patches on Apple's security website.
If you're still running iOS 13, iOS 14.4.2 includes iOS 14.0's security updates.
iOS 14.0 brought 11 new security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari.
For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.
With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them.
There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.
Researchers also discovered that Apple brought a new "BlastDoor" sandbox security system to iOS 14. The system is meant to prevent attacks from occurring via the Messages app.
You can read more about "BlastDoor" right here.