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Rename Headphones, Speakers, and Airpods on Windows 11

When you connect headphones or speakers to Windows 11, it shows the device’s default name in the Settings app, volume flyout menu on the taskbar, and in other places such as third-party apps. If the device doesn’t supply a default name, Windows 11 uses generic names such as Headphones, Speakers, etc. The good thing is that you can rename your headphones, speakers, or even Airpods connected to Windows 11. When using multiple audio devices, changing the display name helps you quickly recognize the device you want to control or customize. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

Rename audio output device on Windows 11

Whether it’s your headphones (wired or wireless), speakers, or AirPods, you can rename them using the Settings app. Press “Windows key + I” to open the Settings window and go to the “System” > “Sound” page. Here, click on your sound output device under the “Output” section. If you have connected multiple audio output devices (such as speakers and headphones), you will see all of them under this section. Click on the appropriate one.

click on headphones

Next, click on the “Rename” option under the default name at the top. Type the new name of your choice in the blank field and press the “Rename” button.

rename headphones or speakers on Windows 11

That’s it, the audio output device is renamed instantly and you can see it in the Settings.

headphones or speakers renamed on Windows 11

You can also see the changed name in the volume flyout menu on the taskbar. To open it, click on the “Volume icon” and then on the “Sound output” icon next to the volume bar.

connected audio output devices on taskbar

[Fix] Cannot rename the audio device

If the audio output device’s name did not change even after you renamed it then disconnect and reconnect it. This will resolve the problem.

If you are using wireless headphones and the above troubleshooting step did not work then you might have to go the extra step of removing the device and re-pairing it with Windows 11. To do that, go to “Settings” > “Bluetooth & devices” > “Devices” page, click the “More options” icon (…) next to the audio output device name, and select the “Remove device” option. This will remove the audio output device.

remove Bluetooth device

Next, ensure the headphones are in pairing mode and click on the “Add device” button. Click on the “Bluetooth” option and choose your headphones from the list of available devices. Once the device is reconnected, follow the above steps to rename it.

add Bluetooth device

That is it. It is that easy to rename headphones, speakers, or even Airpods on Windows 11. I hope this small tutorial helped you in further customizing your Windows 11 experience.

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