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How to rename your Windows 10 Mobile handset

If you have been part of the Windows Insider Program or you're a proud owner of a brand new Lumia phone, you probably already went through the initial setup and had been using many of the new features Windows 10 Mobile has to offer. What you probably didn't notice is that through the initial setup, you've never been prompted to enter a custom device name for your phone.

It seems that on an effort to simplify the initial configuration setup, similar to Windows 10 for desktop, Windows 10 Mobile doesn't prompt users to specify a name for their phone. Instead, it only uses a generic "Windows phone" name, which is not very personalized.

Furthermore, there are also various reasons why you may want to consider changing your phone's name. For example, by using a more accurate name it can help you to identify your phone quickly when connected to a Wi-Fi network. Or when you're trying to pair it with your Windows 10 PC using Bluetooth connectivity, or when you're managing your devices in your Microsoft Account (opens in new tab).

In today's beginner guide, we'll show you two different ways that you can use to rename your Windows 10 Mobile phone to virtually anything you like:

Method one: Rename your phone using the Settings app

In this first method, we'll be looking into the steps to rename your Windows 10 Mobile handset using the Settings app:

  1. While in the Start screen, swipe left to bring All apps, then search for and open the Settings app, and tap on System.

  1. Scroll down and tap on About.

  1. Similar to the Windows 10 desktop version of Settings, the About page shows various pieces of information about your phone and it also it allows you to change the device name. Now simply tap Edit name under "Device name".

  1. Enter the new device name and tap Save.

Method two: Rename your phone using File Explorer

Alternatively, you can also change the name of your phone by connecting the device to your Windows PC and using File Explorer.

  1. Using a USB data transfer cable connect your Windows 10 Mobile handset to your computer, and let the operating system detect the device.
  2. Go to the Start menu, search for and open File Explorer.
  3. From the left pane, go to This PC, and your handset should now appear under Devices and drives. If the default settings are still in place, the device name should read "Windows phone." Right-click the device, and select Rename.

  1. After you have entered the new device name, press Enter to commit the change.

  1. Finally, you can verify that the name has changed by disconnecting and reconnecting the handset in your computer, and double-checking the name in File Explorer. You can also sign into your phone, open the Settings app, and go to System > About, and the new name should appear under Device name.

Quick Tip: The name should be less than 33 characters and it should not contain special characters, such as < > ; : " * + = \ | ? ,.

More resources

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

41 Comments
  • lol, seriously? What's next, how to charge your Lumia?
  • Newsflash: the world doesn't revolve around what you know. We're a community to help users from those who are new, to those who have been around for some time. You can either help or get out the way. Our next tip is going to be on how to delete comments. Ready for it?
  • Bring it on! I really want to delete some people's stupid comments.
  • Hahahaha Daniel.. Nice burn!
  • Hahahhahaha i need Corey needs darth vader's mask after that burnnnn
  • I really like that you guys do this. I remember when I had my first Windows phone, and I came across this site while searching for how to do something. It was really useful to me, and I like that you all also have a tips tab in general. It's super helpful. Also, what a burn! Nice one lolol
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  • I like this.
  • I know right Corey. Better yet how to turn on your Lumia phone or how to go to the homescreen or go back. Or how to take out your battery Posted via the Windows Central App for Android on my Frost Nexus 6P
  • BOOM!!
  • Hey windows phone 10 is available on 730...i think so
  • No,640 and 640xl are in the first wave and they even don't have windows 10 mobile
  • Jan 12
  • Waaat? You saying the update is now getting downloaded to 730?
  • You should just be able to tell Cortana to do this. I wish she had more native knowledge and capabilities, instead of being mostly a web wrapper that does Bing searches.
  • +950XL
  • +1520
  • No! Cortana rather says "I thought you never ask, so I never thought about this" when you ask her :P
  • My Lumia 640, still running 8.1 have the rename option
  • Not all Lumias running on 8.1 have it though. My 735 doesn't give me the option and it has Denim, just not all the way Denim. :(
  • Yeah cause the option was introduced in 8.1.2
  • When will Windows Central become UWP, Mr. Rubino?
  • +1520?? Been a lot of time that we dont get an update to this app, nor the win rt app, (still have ads only version) looks like the supportfor us dead... -_-
  • I love these pointless posts
  • For real tho!!!
  • It's good to know for those of us that were stuck trying to determine which backup to use out of the three, all named Lumia 1020. Each backup came from one of three phones, with no way to tell which was which.
  • Haha reading these comments is better entertainment than twitter any day!
  • After installing 10586.36, i hard reset my L730 now 'touch' option is not working so can not disable heptic. Not able to update Lumia help & tips, cinematograph, equalizer, photo beamer, rate ur device, creative studio, gesture & touch, motion data. They automatic came to update list and when i tried to update ' error-see details' coming. Pls help. I know it's off topic but pls help.
  • Not restored from backup. Started from scratch, even though getting above mentioned problem....
  • Try resetting the phone again, if it doesn't works then on your pc download the recovery tool and reinstall 8.1. From that point it's your decision if you wanna try to reinstall w10m or start with 8.1. Next time try the forums, you're gonna find tons more of info, probably people with the same issues and solutions, good luck.
  • Good post if there are any Windows converts though. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android on my Frost Nexus 6P
  • Hahahaha, nice joke
  • What you are meme about
  • I named mine Alpha Phone because it's the biggest and best phone ever. For my opinion. It's a Lumia 1520
  • Named my 1520 HAL.
  • I have lumia 1520,and i have windows 10,but he is not completed he is a half windows,example:when i like call any number where is the option when i speak with my phone and i tell him cal to ......,this is a example.
  • Sweet
  • I only knew the "Method two", thanks for the tip, it not only helps new users but the old ones in one way or the other as well.