A Guide on Renaming Your Smart Devices in the Apple Home App

Cupertino, October 17, 2023

While Apple's Home app offers plenty of ways to organize your smart home, one simple change will immediately impact your household's overall experience: renaming your devices. With just a few taps, you can make Siri interactions more natural and your devices more accessible by assigning names that match how your family refers to things in your home.

We'll show you how easy it is to organize your smart home by renaming your devices.

Why device names in the Home app are important

Spending a few extra moments naming your smart devices offers several benefits. The most important of these comes in handy when you allow others to control your Apple HomeKit and Matter accessories. With concise and consistent naming, everyone in your household is on the same page. Instead of looking for a fan connected to a smart plug called Wemo Mini, your housemates will know exactly what device to look for if it's simply called a fan. Choosing a name that mimics its use in your home will also lead to more natural Siri conversations through your iPhone and HomePods. Instead of saying, "Hey Siri, turn off the Nanoleaf light in a lamp," you can simply say, turn off the lamp. Other organizational options, such as creating HomeKit rooms and zones and adding devices to groups, will open the door to additional Siri commands. Combined, you can say phrases like Hey Siri, turn off the kitchen lights to quickly adjust multiple devices.

Rename your devices in the Home app

There are currently two ways to rename your smart device in the Home app. The first option appears when you add a smart home product to Apple HomeKit, the other occurs afterwards in the Home app. For this guide, we'll focus on renaming existing devices in the Home app:

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Navigate to the device you want to rename.
  3. Tap the device name to open the control screen.
  4. Tap the Settings button.
  5. Tap the current name of your device.
  6. Type the name you want and then tap done.
  7. Tap the Close (X) button to save your changes.

Now that your device has been renamed, you can now focus on other organization options to further streamline your home. For example, you can change the icons for a smart device to better suit the application in your home, switch rooms, or add the device to a group, all from the same settings screen.

Rename your devices to organize your Apple Smart Home. Taking the time to name your devices that suit your lifestyle plays an important role in organizing your smart home. This not only makes it easier to locate devices, but also makes Siri voice commands more natural, leading to less frustration for everyone in your household.

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