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Edit device names

You can change the names of the devices connected to your Wi-Fi network. Some devices might have funky names (for example, a printer might be displayed as “a738b00002”) or two similar devices might repeat the same name. The Google Wifi app lets you edit their names to something simple and recognizable like “Amy’s laptop.” All owners and managers of your Wi-Fi network will see the new edited name.

Note: This will only change how the device’s name appears in the app. It will not affect the device hostname.

1. Open the Google Wifi app.

2. Tap the network tab, then the devices icon.

3. Tap the device whose name you would like to change.

4. In the Details tab, tap the pencil icon next to the device name to edit it.

5. When you’re done, tap Save.

Note: To remove a device name you created previously, just delete the text. Once you save, the original device name will be restored.

Not sure which device is which?

If you see a vague name (like “a738b00002”) in the device list, it’s not exactly clear which device that’s referring to. Is that my phone? My laptop? Printer?

There are two ways to figure this out.

  1. Open your device’s network settings (not in the Google Wifi app). Most devices will display a MAC or IP address. Match that with what is displayed in Step 3 above. That way, you know that “a738b00002” is the name of your printer and now you can give it a clearer name.
  2. In the Google Wifi app, tap the network map. At the bottom, you will see a list of your connected devices. Disconnect the device in question (say, your phone) from the Wi-Fi network. If “a738b00002” disappears from the list, you’ll know that it refers to your phone.
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