How to change your phone's name in the Google Play Store

If you're tired of the unintelligible name that Google Play assigns your phone or tablet's name, here's how you go about fixing it.

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Credit: Derek Walter

One of the many strengths of the Google Play Store is that you can download apps and manage purchases right from your web browser.

When you go to download an app from Google Play on the web, clicking Install will reveal all your Android devices that can run that app. Unfortunately, by default the names can be rather wonky, like “SM-G930A” or other technical descriptions.

To give your phone or tablet a more human name, head to the Play Store and go to Settings. You’ll see a list similar to this.

email notification preferences Google Play

You’ll find a full list of your current and previous Android devices from this section in the Play Store.

Next, touch Edit on the phone, tablet, or Android TV device that you want to assign a new name. You’ll then be able to write whatever you wish in the box.

Once that’s finished, just click update.

click update

Once the new name is selected, that is what will appear in the Play Store.

You’ll then see the new name assigned to that piece of hardware.

edit name

Give your devices an easy-to-remember name inside of Google Play.

Now when you go to install a new app, you’ll see the new name from the dropdown list.

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You’ll see the new name when you go to install an app from the Play Store.

This process can be repeated any time you want to change the name of a device or when get a new phone and want to give it a name that’s easier to identify.

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