How to change the name of your AirPods on iPhone, iPad, or Mac

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Changing the name of your AirPods only takes a second on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

With so many Bluetooth-enabled devices to connect to – from your car’s audio to your noise-cancelling headphones to your living room speaker – it can be hard to keep track of what’s what.

That’s why it can be helpful to rename devices like your AirPods so you never get them mixed up again.

You can change your AirPods’ name from the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, or from System Preferences on your Mac – here’s how to do both.

How to change the name of your AirPods on iPhone and iPad

Whether you have AirPods Max, AirPods Pro, or AirPods (1st and 2nd generation), the process to change their name is the same.

1. Take your AirPods out of their case.

2. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad and select Bluetooth.

Screenshot of iPhone Settings app homepage
Navigate to the “Bluetooth” section.

3. Tap the blue “i” icon next to your AirPods in the list of devices.

Screenshot of list of Bluetooth devices in iPhone Settings app
Click the small “i” icon next to your AirPods.

4. Tap in the Name field and type a new name.

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Tap on the name of your AirPods.

5. Hit Done in the bottom-right corner of the the keypad once you’ve added a new name.

Now when you go to find your AirPods in your list of devices, you’ll see them listed under the new name.

How to change the name of your AirPods on Mac

No matter what type of AirPods you have, you can also change their name on your Mac computer.

1. Open System Preferences on your Mac, which you can do by clicking the Apple symbol in the top-left corner of your screen and selecting System Preferences in the drop-down.

2. In System Preferences, click Bluetooth.

Screenshot of System Preferences homepage on Mac
In System Preferences, go to “Bluetooth.”

3. Connect your AirPods to your Mac. Then in the Devices section of the Bluetooth page, right-click the name of your AirPods and select Rename in the drop-down menu. To right-click on a Mac, hold down the Control key while you click.

Screenshot of Rename drop-down menu in Bluetooth section of System Preferences
In the drop-down list, select “Rename.”

4. Enter a new name and click Rename again to confirm your change.

Now when you go to find your AirPods in your list of devices, you’ll see them listed under the new name.

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How to fix AirDrop connection issues on iPhone, iPad, or Mac

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You can AirDrop photos, videos, or files between Apple devices.

  • If your AirDrop isn’t working on iPhone, iPad, or Mac, first check that Bluetooth is turned on.
  • To fix an AirDrop connection, also make sure that both devices are discoverable.
  • To get AirDrop working on a Mac, you may need to adjust your firewall settings.
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One of the most convenient features for Apple users is AirDrop, which lets you send media, links, and documents via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to devices within a certain range.

Most newer Apple devices already have this feature, however, it can be finicky for no particular reason. When AirDrop is not working properly, try these troubleshooting techniques.

How AirDrop works

AirDrop uses Bluetooth to discover devices within a certain range, and then Wi-Fi to send over the content.

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Bluetooth connections can reach up to half a mile, but your devices likely need to be within 30 feet of each other to work properly. When Wi-Fi is unavailable, AirDrop will use your cellular service.

How to fix AirDrop not working on iPhone or iPad

First, make sure your iPhone or iPad has Bluetooth turned on. To do that, open the Settings app on your device. Tap Bluetooth toward the top of the list and make sure the button is green – if not, swipe the button to the right. If you see a prompt to Allow New Connections, tap on it to allow your device to connect to new devices.

Bluetooth swipe button in Settings
Swipe the Bluetooth button to the right to turn it green, and tap “Allow New Connections” to connect to new devices.

Next, make sure AirDrop is turned on. In the Settings app, select General and then tap AirDrop. You can then select if you want AirDrop to be available to everyone within range or just those in your contact list. For the sake of haste, choose Everyone to see if that quickly solves the problem. It also doesn’t hurt to try turning AirDrop off and on again for it to reconnect – to turn it off, select Receiving Off.

AirDrop discoverable options
On the AirDrop page, select “Everyone.”

Finally, make sure the device you want to AirDrop to is also enabled for Everyone. If your two devices are far apart, bring them closer in case they’re slightly out of range.

How to fix AirDrop not working on a Mac computer

You may need to change your AirDrop settings to allow your device to be discoverable. Open the Finder app from your Mac’s menu bar or search for it using Spotlight. In Finder, select AirDrop at the top of the sidebar menu on the left. At the bottom of the AirDrop page, select the drop-down menu next to Allow me to be discovered by and change it to Everyone.

Mac System Preferences AirDrop page
In the drop-down, select “Everyone.”

If that doesn’t work, use the menu bar at the top of your screen and select the Wi-Fi icon. Make sure it’s switched on and that you’re connected to a network. Next, do the same for Bluetooth. You can also try turning both off and on again in an attempt to reconnect.

You should also check that your firewall settings allow for new connections. Open the System Preferences app on your Mac, and select Security & Privacy. On the Security & Privacy page, click the lock icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen, and enter your password or use your Touch ID.

On the Firewall tab, you can either click Turn Off Firewall or click Firewall Options and, in the pop-up, uncheck the box next to Block all incoming connections, then click OK.

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After clicking “Firewall Options,” make sure to uncheck the box next to “Block all incoming connections,” and click “OK.”

What to do if AirDrop still isn’t working

If AirDrop is still not working after you’ve tried the above steps, consider restarting your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

You may also want to update your iPhone, iPad, or Mac software to the latest available version if you haven’t already.

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Apple’s long-awaited location tracking gadget, AirTags, are now available to preorder for $29

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Apple AirTags.

  • Apple finally revealed its AirTags tracking accessory during a virtual press event on April 20.
  • AirTags can attach to your stuff, like your keys, enabling you to track them if they get lost.
  • Apple’s AirTags are now available to preorder at $29 and they launch on April 30.

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After years of rumors, Apple’s AirTags are now available to preorder from Apple’s online store. The AirTags start at $29 and are set to launch on April 30.

The tracking accessory, which helps users find whatever the AirTag is attached to, made its debut during the company’s Spring Loaded virtual event on April 20.

The small device is designed to stick to other products and everyday items, like keys or wallets. Once attached, you can use the AirTags and your iPhone to find your item if it gets lost.

The tiny accessory takes the form of a circular tag with the signature Apple logo. The AirTags integrate with Apple’s “Find My” app, and the app uses augmented reality to show visual markers leading you toward your lost item.

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Apple AirTags

In a video demonstrating how it works, a man wanders around his apartment led by his iPhone on the search for his lost keys.

AirTags price and release date

AirTags are functionally similar to Tiles’ lineup of Bluetooth-enabled trackers, and cost a similarly low price: A single AirTag starts at $29, and a four pack costs $99.

You can preorder Apple’s AirTags right now from Apple’s online store. The device is expected to start shipping on April 30. Buyers can choose to engrave their AirTags with emojis, text, or numbers for free.

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Apple’s long-awaited location tracking gadget, AirTags, start at $29 and launch on April 30

Apple Event April 2021
Apple AirTags.

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more.

  • Apple finally revealed its AirTags tracking accessory during a virtual press event on April 20.
  • AirTags can attach to your stuff, like your keys, enabling you to track them if they get lost.
  • Apple’s AirTags will be available to preorder this Friday starting at $29 and they launch on April 30.

After years of rumors, Apple’s AirTags were officially announced on Tuesday afternoon.

The tracking accessory, which helps users find whatever the AirTag is attached to, made its debut during the company’s Spring Loaded virtual event on April 20.

The small device is designed to stick to other products and everyday items, like keys or wallets. Once attached, you can use the AirTags and your iPhone to find your item if it gets lost.

The tiny accessory takes the form of a circular tag with the signature Apple logo. The AirTags integrate with Apple’s “Find My” app, and the app uses augmented reality to show visual markers leading you toward your lost item.

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Apple AirTags

In a video demonstrating how it works, a man wanders around his apartment led by his iPhone on the search for his lost keys.

AirTags are functionally similar to Tiles’ lineup of Bluetooth-enabled trackers, and cost a similarly low price: A single AirTag starts at $29, and a four pack costs $99.

Apple AirTags will be available to preorder this Friday, April 23, for $29. The device is expected to start shipping on April 30.

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How to connect a Magic Keyboard to your Mac so you can type wirelessly

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It’s easy to connect a Magic Keyboard to any Mac computer.

  • You can connect a Magic Keyboard to your Mac through Bluetooth or using the Lightning port and charging cable.
  • The first time you pair your devices, you’ll need to use the latter method, along with a Lightning-to-USB (or USB-C) cable, to create a connection, then turn on Bluetooth.
  • You may also need to get an adapter for the Lightning port method, depending on the computer you have.
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Whether you’re using a Mac or MacBook, the Magic Keyboard can be a valuable tool for getting things done.

Here’s what you need to do to connect the keyboard to your computer so that you can start using it.

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What is a mobile hotspot? How to connect your devices to your phone’s LTE-supported Wi-Fi signal

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Mobile hotspots can go anywhere and create a Wi-Fi signal using the LTE network.

  • Mobile hotspots serve as mobile internet networks by converting an LTE connection into a Wi-Fi signal that other devices, like laptops or tablets, can use.
  • Mobile hotspots can come as pocket-sized individual devices or built-in to your smartphone.
  • Mobile hotspots typically rely on a data plan, which means those without unlimited data plans will likely want to be conscious of their hotspot use.
  • Mobile hotspots can connect up to 10 individual devices, are password and WPA2 security protected, but have limited range and might be slower than your Wi-Fi connection.
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When traveling somewhere there isn’t Wi-Fi, having a mobile hotspot can be very useful.

A mobile hotspot, otherwise known as a personal hotspot, is a device that lets users connect to the internet by acting as a localized Wi-Fi network.

There are ways you can get a portable hotspot sold separately, but nowadays, many mobile hotspots come as a feature on your smartphone.

What is a mobile hotspot?

A mobile hotspot is a device that has the ability to cast a wireless signal for other devices to connect to while on-the-go. This is not to be confused with a hotspot, which can be picked up in public places like hotels, malls, and coffee shops, where buildings or businesses have private networks that offer free Wi-Fi.

Mobile hotspots generally operate by taking an LTE connection, sometimes from your phone, and converting it into a Wi-Fi signal. You can then “connect” your computer or another device to it the same way those devices would connect to a home or public Wi-Fi network.

Physical mobile hotspots are small enough to fit into your pocket and have a generally reliable battery life, sometimes up to one day. They can be utilized when about in public, say in a park or at the beach, while traveling abroad, or anywhere your LTE connection works. They’re able to connect to any Wi-Fi-based device, such as a laptop, smartphone, tablet, or game console.

While hotspots have become pretty standard on mobile smartphones, accessing them might incur additional costs depending on your carrier and device. Your mobile hotspot’s speed and longevity will also depend on your data plan and how many gigabytes you have.

Digital security and reliability with mobile hotspots

Mobile hotspots are a great but imperfect solution. While they can go practically anywhere, they are not as fast as an at-home or in-building broadband or fiber Wi-Fi connection. With them being mobile, their range is also not far when connecting other devices to it.

Having access to data, you can create a Wi-Fi signal wherever you are, but because smartphone hotspots are connected to your mobile device, they can take off a lot of battery life rather quickly.

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Mobile hotspots portability makes them perfect for people who work on the go.

On the upside, your mobile hotspot’s Wi-Fi network can be protected with WPA-2 encryption, making it just as secure as any home router. Just be sure to keep your password protected and enabled. If someone gets ahold of it or you aren’t using password protection, anyone will have the ability to connect to your hotspot and access data transmitted through it.

Does my phone have a mobile hotspot?

Many modern smartphones have a built-in hotspot feature, which you can likely set up and enable somewhere in your device’s settings app. In general, many carriers and devices offer the service so long as you have a minimum of 4G LTE service, though support for a 5G network will likely improve your experience.

Most smartphone mobile hotspots allow you to connect multiple devices to your network, in some cases up to 10. Just know that when sharing this kind of network with other people, you may make an already noticeably slower experience even slower.

Depending on the device, you can rename your hotspot and change its password from the defaults, hide your device so others can’t see your network, and decide whether you want to use WPA2 security or go without it.

Depending on your device, you may be able to enable your mobile hotspot and connect to other devices via Bluetooth or USB tethering.

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There are different ways you can connect your phone’s hotspot to your devices.

For those without an unlimited data plan, it’s important to note that the hotspot is drawing from your data caps, which means you can run out – and you may do it much quicker than regular browsing on your phone, depending on what you’re using your mobile hotspot for. Even those with unlimited plans may find their experience slowed if their service carrier slows speeds after certain data caps are hit.

Once connected, connect a computer or other smartphone and surf the web, stream videos, and listen to music just like a regular internet connection.

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How to AirDrop a file from your iPhone or iPad to a Mac computer

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Once you’ve set up AirDrop on your Apple devices, you can send files back and forth with just a few taps.

  • AirDrop lets you quickly share and receive photos, videos, and more from other Apple devices nearby.
  • Before you use AirDrop, turn on sharing permissions in Finder on Mac and in Settings on iPhone or iPad.
  • Apple devices need to be in range of each other – about 30 feet – for AirDrop to work.
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Today it’s easier than ever to share files and photos across devices. With Apple devices, you can use AirDrop to send files – even ones too big for email – from an iPhone to a Mac or iPad with just a tap, as long as they are in range.

What’s in range? AirDrop uses a combination of both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to transmit files, so your iPhone, iPad, or Mac have to be within about 30 feet of each other.

Here’s everything you need to know about AirDrop and how to use it.

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How to use Apple CarPlay and use your iPhone apps hands-free while driving

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Apple CarPlay lets you go hands free by connecting your iPhone and apps to your car’s touchscreen.

  • To use Apple CarPlay, your car must support the feature and your iPhone needs to be running iOS 7.1 or higher.
  • CarPlay is a custom iOS interface that presents important apps and information from your iPhone on the car’s touchscreen.
  • Once connected, you can run apps that are optimized for CarPlay on your car’s screen, navigate, make calls, use Siri, and more.
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While your iPhone adds a lot of convenience to your daily drive thanks to its music and podcast access, voice calls, navigation, and more, it’s also unsafe (and possibly illegal) to fiddle with your phone while driving.

Apple offers a safer alternative: Apple CarPlay. The custom interface puts the most important iPhone features on a display in your car, accessible using your car’s infotainment controls and your voice with Siri.

Apple CarPlay is built into every iPhone running iOS 7.1 or later. To take advantage of CarPlay, though, you need a car that supports CarPlay – the infotainment screen needs to work with CarPlay, or you need to add a CarPlay-compatible display to your vehicle.

How to use Apple CarPlay

CarPlay should start automatically when you connect your phone to the car via USB.

If it doesn’t, tap the CarPlay icon on your car’s infotainment screen. The first time you do this, you might need to unlock your phone and allow your iPhone to connect to CarPlay when locked.

The CarPlay screen starts on the Home screen, which displays your most recently used apps in a column on the left as well as the map and audio control.

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The CarPlay Home screen shows three most recent apps, a map, and music controls.

To see more apps, you can tap the view icon at the very bottom left or simply swipe to the left. Keep swiping to browse through all the CarPlay-compatible apps on your phone. To start a specific app, just tap it.

Apple Carplay on car console
Swipe to flip through your list of apps.

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How to change the audio output on an Android without disconnecting your headphones or speakers

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You can change the audio output on Android 11 in a few simple steps for easier listening across devices.

If your phone is running Android 11 or later and your audio app supports it, you can now easily change your audio output destination with just a tap or two without the need to disconnect and reconnect playback devices. This lets you easily switch between Bluetooth earbuds and Bluetooth speaker, for example, in the middle of playing music on Spotify.  

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How to pair and connect your Apple AirPods to a Windows PC using Bluetooth

  • To connect AirPods to a PC, put your AirPods in the case, open it, and press the button on the back. 
  • When the status light in the front of your AirPods case blinks white, you can let go of the button.
  • You can then pair the AirPods to a PC by opening Bluetooth settings in the Windows menu. 
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Apple’s AirPods are completely wireless Bluetooth earbuds, designed primarily for iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad. But AirPods work with all sorts of other devices as well, including a Windows PC. 

If you want to use your AirPods with your PC, here’s how to pair and connect them.

 

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