How To Change iPhone’s Network Name (Hostname)

Step-by-step guide on how to change iPhone’s network name. This guide will also help you to change the name of your iPad and iPod touch. Screenshots taken on iOS 11

iPhone’s Network Name? What’s This?

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 iPhone has a network name like Brian’s iPhone or Amanda’s iPhone

Why Change iPhone’s Network Name (Hostname)?

As you might understand, your iPhone’s hostname will appear on router’s settings page every time you connect to a wireless network. Consequently, administrators of that network (or router in particular) will be able to see it. So if you don’t want your iPhone to uncover your name when you access public or office network you may want to change iPhone’s hostname to another. For instance, if you change “Amanda’s iPhone” to neutral “iPhone7” or “Kitty”.

How To Change iPhone’s Network Name

Perform the following easy steps:

  1. Go to Settingssettings iPhone iOS 11
  2. Scroll down a bit and tap on GeneralGeneral Settings iOS 11.1
  3. Select About: About iPhone iOS 11
  4. Tap on Name: iPhone name
  5. Change the name (first delete the old one and than type the new name).
  6. Tap Done:

    change network name iPhone
    iPhone network name

Now you may reboot your router, connect to wi-fi from your iPhone and ensure your iPhone is visible by its new client name: iPhone network name on router

That’s it!

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