Hi Guys,

Jack Wallen from ZDnet has advised how to change your Android phone’s name to make it easier to connect to a Bluetooth device. I never even thought this was an issue, but as Jack explains, “Bluetooth connections go both ways. You can connect your Android phone to third-party devices, and you can connect third-party devices to your phone. That’s all fine and good and fairly simple. However, having multiple Android phones in your house can get confusing. Case in point, there are two people in my house, both of which have Pixel 7 Pro phones. So when I go to connect my phone to a device, that device might show two different Pixel 7 Pro phones. Which one do I choose?”

It is a fair question and could cause problems if all devices are identical. Follow these instructions to save yourself time connecting a new device:

  • Open the Settings app on your device.
  • From the Settings app, tap Connected Devices near the top.
  • Open Connection Preferences
  • Open Bluetooth
  • Rename your device

Also, Jack offers the following advice on renaming your phone.

“I am a bit paranoid about my privacy. Because of that, I’m not about to give my phone my full name. Why? When you’re out in public, you never know if someone is trying to hack your device via Bluetooth. Because of that, I’m not going to make it easier for someone to target me by giving my phone my name. Instead, I’ll give my phone some random name or a number to prevent anyone from knowing which phone belongs to me. I will know which phone the name belongs to but no one else will. I’ll even go so far as to change the name every now and then.”

Let me know if you need any help with this.

All the best,

Max Roberts,
Incognito Privacy Care Team