How and why to rename your Apple TV

This tutorial shows you how to rename your Apple TV and give it a name that makes it easier to identify, especially if you have multiple Apple TV in your household.

Changing the name of Apple TV

Wireless music and video playback from your iPhone, 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. It also helps if you have multiple Apple TVs and want to control the right one with your iPhone or iPad.

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

  1. Go to the Settings app on your TV.
  2. Select General > About.
  3. The Name field will show the current name. Click it.
  4. Use the back button to delete the current name. After that, give your Apple TV its new name and hit Done.
Name settings on Apple TV

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:

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