Wireless music and video playback from your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac through the Apple TV via AirPlay is a huge benefit to owning Apple’s set-top box. When you first set up your Apple TV, it will be given a default name to help distinguish it from other devices on your local network.
Just as you can choose a custom name for an iOS device and your Mac , you can easily rename your Apple TV to whatever you like. In this tutorial, we’re going to cover setting up a custom name for the Apple TV so you can easily identify it in a list of AirPlay devices and other places.
How to rename your Apple TV
Step 1: Go to Settings → AirPlay → Apple TV Name and type in a new network name for your device. You can also rename your Apple TV in Settings → General → Name.
Why rename Apple TV?
As mentioned, renaming your set-top box makes it a lot easier to identify in a list of network devices. The name of your Apple TV appears in the following places:
- In a list of AirPlay devices on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac
- When using Home Sharing
- Within the Remote app (2nd and 3rd generation models only)
- In the iTunes device list when restoring the Apple TV to factory settings
Keep in mind that Apple’s Remote app is currently incompatible with the fourth-generation Apple TV model.
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