I lent my Apple Wireless Keyboard to my mother about a year ago and have been using it with the wrong name ever since. This isn’t a big deal, but it’s a little strange to keep pairing with “mom’s bluetooth keyboard” when it really should say “Ragpad’s keyboard”, after my iPad. Fortunately, I found […]
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How To Rename Your Apple Wireless Keyboard

 

I lent my Apple Wireless Keyboard to my mother about a year ago and have been using it with the wrong name ever since. This isn’t a big deal, but it’s a little strange to keep pairing with “mom’s bluetooth keyboard” when it really should say “Ragpad’s keyboard”, after my iPad. Fortunately, I found a solution to this niche problem just the other day. You can’t rename an Apple Wireless Keyboard from the iPad, but you can do so from a Mac (or even a PC, I believe). All you need to do is:

  • pair the Apple Wireless Keyboard with the Mac
  • head to Bluetooth in the System Preferences panel
  • click on the small gear symbol in the bottom-left corner
  • click on “rename”

The very last steps you may need to take might be to unpair the Apple Wireless Keyboard from your iPad (tell the iPad to “forget this device” in Bluetooth settings), power down both the Apple Wireless Keyboard (I removed the AA batteries) and restart your iPad. The name should change take effect when you pair next pair the two devices. I realize this is a very niche tip, but it could prove useful for those who bought their Apple Wireless Keyboards second hand, or simply want to rename one of their most-used Bluetooth accessories.

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