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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Dec 23, 2011
    Is it possible to change my iPhone personal hotspot network name?
    I have an iPhone 4 with the personal hotspot. The default name of this hotspot is "<My full first and last name>'s iPhone."

    This hotspot is password protected, but regardless, since the above name is broadcasted to everyone with a laptop in the surrounding area, it would be great if I could change the name to something a bit more discreet. But there doesn't seem to be any way to do this on the iPhone itself. I've looked through all the settings.

    Does anyone know how to do this? I mean if I buy a router from Cisco, I can name my hotspot anything I want, but the extra $30/month to Apple/Verizon for the personal hotspot doesn't allow me to change the name?

    Thanks for your help,

  2. #2

    Member Since
    Jun 25, 2010
    Indianapolis, IN
    MacBook Pro (15"); iPhone 4; iPad 64GB Wi-Fi
    Go to your General Settings, click About, and change the name of your phone. That changed mine.
    Owner of a MacBook Pro 15"; iPhone 4 32GB; iPad 64GB Wi-Fi

  3. #3

    Member Since
    Dec 23, 2011
    Thanks, Munky, but my phone doesn't seem to let me change that way. You have an iPhone 4?

    When I go to Settings > General> About there is nothing to edit, just a list of statistics about my hardware/software/usage/etc.

  4. #4

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    Member Since
    Jan 22, 2010
    Victoria, BC
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    Let's backtrack just a bit: you say you're on an iPhone 4, but you don't say what provider you're with. That could make a difference.

    On my iPhone 4, there's a setting in settings (third one down, just under Wi-Fi) called "Personal Hotspot." Do you have that?

    But in addition to that, on my iPhone 4 when I go to "General" under Settings, clicking on "General" goes to a page where the first item is "About." Tapping that gives me a top item of "Name," and tapping that lets me change the name. Does this not work for you?

  5. #5

    ayeng98's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 02, 2009
    manila, philippines
    perhaps this will help, you connect your iphone to your mac and open itunes, look for your iphones connection, area where you click to disconnect your iphone and then click the name of your iphone and type ypur desired name i did this to my iphone 4S, i was able to change the default name of the iphone to my desired name...

  6. #6

    Member Since
    Dec 23, 2011
    Thanks, ayeng, that worked.

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