Naming your devices sometimes makes a lot of sense, especially when using Windows 10, because Microsoft has removed the option to give the computer the first step in the installation process. Windows 10 computers are automatically named, and the default name does not mean anything for the user.
When using the internet, “hostname” and identifies the device itself for the device’s state and when searching for shared files. Such names are also used in finding my device and anywhere else the device needs to be identified.
On Windows 10
Microsoft simplified the installation process in Windows 10. Still, Windows will no longer ask you to enter a name for your computer when installing, meaning that your Windows 10 computer can be named confusing and makes no sense any for you.
To give it a name, open the “Settings” app from the Start menu or the start-up screen, select the “System” item, then select “About” right at the bottom of the list. Click or click on the “Rename PC” button and give your computer a new name.
However, it would help if you restarted your computer for this renaming to take effect.
On Windows 7 and Windows 8.1
In previous versions of Windows – or even Windows 10 – you could open the Control Panel, click “System and Security”, and click “System”.
Click the “Advanced system settings” link in the sidebar, click the “Computer Name” tab at the top of the System Properties window.
Then click on the “Change” button to the right of the line “To rename this computer, click Change”. Type a new name into “Computer name” and click “OK” to rename your computer.
On a Mac, this option is in the System Preferences window. To access it, click on the Apple menu on the menu bar at the top of the screen and select “System Preferences”. Click the “Sharing” icon in the system options window, and enter a new name for your Mac in “Computer Name” at the top of the window.
On a Linux
Linux rename resolution needs to be done differently. You can usually change your hostname just by running “hostname”, but it will be reset when you restart your computer. Different Linux distributions define the hostname in different configuration files. For example, on Ubuntu and other Debian-based Linux distributions, you will need to edit the host’s file via the path: /etc/hostname.
On iPhone and iPad
This option is available in the “About” screen on Apple’s iOS, used on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. To find it, open the “Settings” app from your home screen, click “General”, and tap “About”.
Tap on “Name” at the top of the About screen and you’ll be able to enter a new name.
On Android phones
You can rename your Android device in Google Play to make it clearer when installing apps through Google Play. Visit the Google Play Store website, click the gear icon, and select “Settings” to access this page. Click the “Edit” button and enter a new name for your phone.