How to change name of bluetooth keyboard?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by itsliz89, Oct 11, 2008.

  1. itsliz89 macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2008
    Hi all,

    I have an Apple bluetooth keyboard for my macbook pro. I got it a while ago and remember that a friend of mine had used it with his macbook once just to try it out. I haven't used the keyboard for some months and decided to start using it again recently, however, every time I turn it on, it is recognized as "John Smith's keyboard" rather than my name. I'm rather annoyed since it's always been my keyboard! I'm browsing around and can't seem to figure out how to change the name of the keyboard. Help please?
  2. Cyclotrode macrumors regular


    Jun 30, 2007
    System Preferences/Keyboard & Mouse/Bluetooth

    Under Bluetooth Keyboard you should be able to change the name.
  3. itsliz89 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2008
  4. animesux macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2010
    Snow leopard

    It's a bit different now if anyone still has this problem with snow leopard. Now you go to system preferences, bluetooth, click on the keyboard on the box and then click the modify gear looking thing at the bottom of the list, click rename, rename, and there was much rejoicing.
  5. offwidafairies macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    change bluetooth device name

    how do you change the name of other devices - for example the wii remote?
  6. CJS7070 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 10, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    System Preferences > Bluetooth > (Select the device) > (click the little gear in the bottom left) > Rename
  7. offwidafairies macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    it doesn't give the option to RENAME, only to UPDATE DEVICE NAME, but that doesn't seem to do anything
  8. Diggity Dang macrumors newbie

    Dec 25, 2007
    Did you ever get an answer to this? I am having the same issue... thanks in advance!
  9. Bamboeater macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2010
    Hi, i got the exact same problem.
    I tried out my keyboard and mouse on a mac since i was in another town for a few days so it wasnt my pc.

    When i got home and connected them it said rebeccas keyboard and mouse, which is well annoying since im a guy, duh.

    I changed the names there was no probs at first. Everytime i used it, it said my name after i changed it. But then i didnt use it for few months, and connected it to my PC again, its a windows machine btw, which i've built, and it says rebeccas keyboard and mouse again. And ofc i changed it again. and then didnt use it for some months.

    And few days ago i got my iphone 4 and wanted to try out with the keyboard and *surprise!* rebeccas keyboard! Gaaaah :mad::mad:, im getting mad anybody that can help? or is it a must to change it on a mac?
  10. HeldTheAncient macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2010
    Solution: connect your keyboard to your mac via bluetooth. Run software update. There should be an available updated called something like "aluminum keyboard software." Install the updates and then you should have the option of renaming the keyboard from the bluetooth menu.
  11. didb macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2009
    Jst wanted to say thanks here. It did kind of bug me for a while :)
  12. QuakeProd macrumors member


    May 15, 2010
    Just passing by..

    Thanks for this thread.. I couldnt find it out and it was killing me! lol
  13. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    A bit of logical thinking usually does the trick! :)
  14. mex4eric macrumors 6502


    Jun 23, 2009
    Ottawa, Canada
    Bluetooth Rename in Lion

    It worked fine in Snow Leopard, but has stopped working in Lion.

    Wait for 10.7.1?

    Neither Rename nor Update Name work.
  15. tirerim macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2006
    Nope, doesn't work in 10.7.1 either... at least, not on my iMac. It works fine on my MacBook Air, but devices which have been renamed on the Air still only show up by address on the iMac. Kind of annoying when I have a keyboard, trackpad, and mouse, and have to remember which is which by MAC address. I've submitted a bug to Apple, though, so maybe it will be fixed eventually...
  16. claidheamdanns macrumors newbie


    Feb 6, 2008
    Memphis, TN

    Thanks! that did the trick for me!
  17. sbhabyn macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2011
    West Sussex, UK
    Unable to rename Bluetooth Device.

    I think I have all the updates, but still cannot rename my Bluetooth Device using the 'gear'. Is the problem still not fixed ? Come on Apple. Mac 10.6 OSX Snow Leopard
  18. SimJ macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2012

    New here.

    Thank You so much!

    This has been bugging me for a while.

    Just fixed.

    (Using Snow Leopard).

    Many Thanks.
  19. autoken macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2012
    Resetting Bluetooth Preference in Lion

    For Lion only

    Apparently it seems impossible to change the Display Name of the Bluetooth devices in Lion once they are paired.
    The names are remembered in the plist.

    So I figured to just delete the Bluetooth Preference plist files and re-paired all the Bluetooth devices again.

    Click on the modify gear icon, make sure you had "Rename" the current device and then "Update Name".
    Although it seems nothing had happened, it actually send and register the new name to the target Bluetooth device.
    (Lion will read this new name from the device during re-pairing afterward)

    Then Remove the selected device with the [-] in the Bluetooth Preferences window.

    Next trash this 2 files in /Library/Preferences

    RESTART the MAC and re-pair all the Bluetooth devices.

    The new Bluetooth display name will be registered :)
  20. therealjoco macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2013
    Here is the fix for mountain lion

    They changed the location of changing the name of the keyboard or TrackPad. If you go to System Preferences -> Bluetooth you will see your connected devices and if you click the gear at the bottom left you will be able to rename it. This post is old, but I hope this helps anyone who is still wondering.
  21. Zipfox macrumors newbie


    Oct 8, 2009
    For Mavericks go to System Prefs>Bluetooth and right click the device to rename.
  22. brianst macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2014
    just did it following last post: works perfectly.

    Many thanks.
  23. dustwel macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2011
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Solved my problem! Thanks.
  24. curiouseye23 macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2014
    And there was MUCH REJOICING indeed!!!Thank you. This still works with Yosemite as well.
    @itsliz89 My brother did the same--tried out MY keyboard and mouse and named it as HIS saying you can change it anytime, but didn't show me how. Has bugged me for a year. THANKS again.
  25. Kausinkonfusion macrumors newbie


    Oct 30, 2015
    I just received a used iMac running El Capitan and I don't have a gear, or any other options that I can see to change the name.

    Any suggestions on how to rename my Keyboard?

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