How to Rename USB Audio Devices

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How to Rename USB Audio Devices
Renaming your USB audio device is far easier than you might expect. (Mp3 player pink image by patrimonio designs from

iPods and other USB audio devices are often given generic default names by your computer. For a number of reasons, however, it's a good idea to give your device a custom name. This can be as simple as personal preference, as technical as wanting it to be differentiated by other computers or as practical as providing a secondary means of identification in the event of a loss. Whatever your logic, the process is fast and easy.

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Things you need

  • USB audio device
  • USB cord

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  1. 1

    Plug your USB cord into your audio device. Connect the other end to your computer's USB port.

  2. 2

    Wait a moment for your device to register with your computer. You'll usually know when this happens by virtue of a small bubble near the bottom-right-hand corner of your screen.

  3. 3

    Click the "Start" menu, and move your mouse to "My Computer." Double-click on it.

  4. 4

    Right-click your device, which will be listed at the bottom of the window. Click "Rename."

  5. 5

    Type in a new name for your device, and press "Enter."

Tips and warnings

  • Check your success by unplugging your device and then plugging it back in; it should register under the new name you've given it.

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