How to Change the Owner Name on an iPhone 3G

By Jefe Nubarron

Every iPhone can be assigned a unique name. By default, Apple uses the name of the owner, so for example, a phone might be named "Joe's iPhone." This name will appear in various places, including on the phone, within iTunes and in the "Find My iPhone" service. The process to change the name of your iPhone involves connecting the phone to a computer with Apple's iTunes software installed and editing the name in iTunes.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with iTunes
  • USB cable for iPhone

Step 1

Connect your iPhone with a USB cable to a computer that has iTunes installed. If you don't have iTunes installed on your computer, download a copy from Apple ( and install it.

Step 2

Look in the left column of iTunes for a list header, "Devices," and your iPhone should appear just below, slightly indented.

Step 3

Point with your mouse at the name of the iPhone and double-click. The name should be highlighted and allow you to type text.

Step 4

Type in the new name you would like for your iPhone into the highlighted text field in iTunes and press "Return" on the keyboard.

Step 5

Synchronize your iPhone by clicking on the "Sync" button in the main window of iTunes. This will push the new name to your iPhone.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you use Apple's "Find My iPhone" feature of MobileMe, you can still find your phone even if the name is displayed incorrectly. Turn it off and then power it back on to update the name that appears in "Find My iPhone."