renaming bluetooth devices

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by 929406, Oct 31, 2009.

  1. 929406 macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2009
    Can anyone help me, been trying to work out how to rename my new magic mouse and keyboard to avoid confusion with my wifes?

    Have looked and tried but can fine the key. thanks in advance
  2. Coolnat2004 macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    Go to Apple menu > System preferences.
    Click on the Bluetooth button.
    Choose the device you want to rename.
    Click the cog/gear/settings button at the bottom of the list and choose rename.

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  3. 929406 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2009
    that works perfectly, thanks so much. Hope someone else finds this useful as well
  4. MIKX macrumors 6502a


    Dec 16, 2004
    This is a very old thread but I just diecovered that if you can't Right click a paired Bluetooth device to RENAME it as I currently can't do .. just hightlight the paired item and RIGHT CLICK while holding the OPTION key. .then the "Disconnect, Rename, or Remove " options drop down.
    I have two identical Bluetooth head sets so this is very useful for knowing which one is active.
  5. MIKX macrumors 6502a


    Dec 16, 2004
    Reviving this thread as I found something interesting.

    Note I use a USB Bluetooth 2.1dongle

    I wanted to be able to RENAME my two Bluetooth headsets as I always have one charging and one active.

    If Microsoft Mouse driver & preference pane is installed ( in Mavericks in my case ) the ability to
    RENAME my headsets is lost but from memory it is the same case in Sierra too.

    Case 2.
    Yesterday I formatted a spinner HD & installed El Capitan 10.11.6. I did not install any 3rd. party apps yet.
    Then paired ONE of my two headsets and was able to RENAME it.

    Then I upgraded to Sierra 10.12.0. using the App shop installer. My first RENAMED ¥headset retained the new name I and COULD pair & RENAME my other headset.

    When I finally upgraded to 10.12.6 I LOST the ability to RENAME.

    Solution =
    1. Install El Capitan 10.11.6 first.
    2. Pair and RENAME Bluetooth devices in El Capitan.
    3. Combo upgrade to Sierra 10.12.6.

    Now check to see if the RENAMING stuck.

    Next month I will try a direct USB flash installation directly to Sierra and see what happens.

    This inability might possibly be due to my Bluetooth dongle brand or the fact that is IS a dongle.

    Hope this helps anyone in the same situation

  6. MIKX macrumors 6502a


    Dec 16, 2004
    Today I installed Sierra 10.12.5 . .. . guess what ? 10.12.5 allows RENAMING of Bluetooth headsets. 10.12.6 does not.
    ( at least on my 2008 upgraded to 5,1 cMP )

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