How To Change iPhone’s Network Name (Hostname)

iPhone's network name on router

Step-by-step guide on how to change the network name of your iPhone or iPad. This guide will also help you to change the name of your iPad and iPod touch. 

What’s the Network Name?

Every device has the network name (a.k.a. hostname). When talking about Windows PC, your laptop or desktop can be accessed by hostname or IP-address on the LAN or even Internet. But mobile devices also have it.

The closest example: if you log in to your router’s web interface, open the DHCP Clients List section you can find your iPhone in the list mentioned by its hostname. By default apple devices have a network name like Brian’s iPhone or Amanda’s iPad

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How To Switch An iPhone To 2G Mode

iPhone in 2G mode

Why Do It

Normally iPhone is configured to work in 3G or LTE depending on the country where you are using the device. When the signal of LTE is weak your phone will switch to 3G.

If 3G network coverage is poor iPhone will switch to 2G respectively. In some areas you can face the situation when the signal of 3G network is so weak or unstable that your iPhone will endlessly jump from 3G to 2G and backwards, causing a frenzied battery discharge.

In addition, you may notice a terrible quality of voice transmission. In such a case it is recommended to temporarily switch your iPhone to 2G to save the battery and at least be able to hear the person you are talking to.

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Disconnecting Nearby Wi-Fi Until Tomorrow On iPhone

iPhone devices receive the update to iOS 11.2. In the information it is declared about Apple Pay Cash to send, request and receive, improvement of stability and bugs fixes. One of the first things you will surely notice is that you cannot turn off Wi-Fi completely anymore. Tap on the Wi-Fi toggle in the Control Center and you will see the notification “Disconnecting Nearby Wi-Fi Until Tomorrow“: Disconnecting Nearby Wi-Fi Until Tomorrow

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Google Photos Uses Too Much Cellular Data On Android And iOS

Google Photos Uses Too Much Cellular Data

Google Photos Wastes Too Much Cellular Data

Google Photos is an extremely popular app designed to store, view, manage and backup your precious moments of life in image and video formats. Personally I use it on my both devices: Pixel and iPhone.

But, as you might know, images and especially videos consume a lot of storage when backed up and use a decent amount of cellular data when you view it (and even browse through the thumbnails).

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Turn Off Auto-Brightness In iOS 11, 12, 13: Where Is The Toggle?

turn off auto-brightness iOS 11

Another iOS 11 “Improvement”

Auto-Brightness Toggle was logically located in Display & Brightness in iOS 10. Right under the brightness slider. Oh, God. How convenient and intuitive it was. But in iOS 11 it disappeared for some reason. Maybe, the developers decided that “auto” mode works so perfectly that you will never want to disable it. So perfectly that you don’t even need to know where the Auto-Brightness toggle is located now. But personally I dislike the way the auto-adjustment works in many cases. That’s why I prefer to turn off Auto-Brightness in iOS 12 exactly like I did in the previous version. But how to find the toggle? Where do you think it is hidden? 

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My Photos Won’t Upload To Google Photos For A Long Time

Google Photos desktop

The question

I have to wait for a long time until my photos upload to Google Photos even when I’m connected to my router’s Wi-Fi network. I log in to on my laptop, press F5 but I can’t see new images in the roll. Yesterday it took them about an hour or so to start backing up after I came home with my phone. What’s wrong? Thank you.

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