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My iPad has wrong name. How do I change it?

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Zducky Calculating status...
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Mar 1, 2012 1:33 PM

ON my iPad, I go to Settings>General>About, at the top of the display. It says XXXX's iPad. The XXXX is the guy's name who helped me set up my iPad. How can I change this? Now this may not seem real important except that when I try to download updates to my apps, it asks for my password while displaying THAT GUY's email address!!!

 

I have gone to iTunes and fixed everything there. In fact, believe it or not, I CAN download new Apps (free ones so far). But no apps can be updated. Help!

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  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Mar 1, 2012 1:54 PM (in response to Zducky)

    1.  Change iPad name in iTunes.  Select (highlight) the existing name and change it.

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    2. It thinks that you are "that guy" and it's asking for his password.  You will NOT be able to update any apps that were obtained using "that guy's" Apple ID unless you know his password.  Period.  All items obtained from the iTunes store are PERMANENTLY associated with the Apple ID that was used to obtain those items.

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,670 points)
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    Mar 1, 2012 2:13 PM (in response to Zducky)

    Can't you tap on that name in the iPad's settings and just change the name there?

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Mar 3, 2012 7:38 AM (in response to Zducky)

    Glad to help.

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,670 points)
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    Mar 3, 2012 7:41 AM (in response to Zducky)

    You can change it if you are running iOS 5. Maybe you're not running iOS 5.

     

    Read Apple's own tutorial about it here.

    iTunes: How to rename your device

     

    Using an iOS device

    1. On your device, tap Settings > General > About.
    2. Tap the first line, which should display the name of your device.
      iPhone About screen
    3. Rename your device using the on-screen keyboard and tap Done.
      Renaming iPhone
  • dhjdhj Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)
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    Jul 30, 2012 8:46 AM (in response to Zducky)

    This does not work for me, at least not completely. In particular, although I can change the name on the iPad, when I try to connect the iPad to my Mac over Wifi to use CoreMIDI apps, the name that shows up in Audio MIDI Setup for the iPad continues to be the old name.

  • JamieP UK Calculating status...
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    May 1, 2013 3:44 AM (in response to dhjdhj)

    See instructions at "iTunes and iOS: Change the name of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod" at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3965, which has instructions for changing the name with the device settings, or with iTunes from a computer to which it is connected.

  • dhjdhj Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)
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    May 1, 2013 4:08 AM (in response to JamieP UK)

    If that idea (suggested many times in this thread) had worked, I would not have even posted my question!

  • KatSRQ Calculating status...
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    Jun 12, 2013 5:52 PM (in response to dhjdhj)

    Well, I can't tell you exactly how I got there, but I found a screen where I was able to change the name in iTunes on my computer for my iPad.  I opened iTunes and connected my iPad.  I tried double clicking and right-clicking on the device name in the left panel in iTunes.  Eventually, I got a screen that shows 7 tabs across the top.  The first one is Summary - it is the one where it showed basic info about my iPad, including the name, capacity, serial number and ios version.  In that top box, I was able to change my device name.  In that same box there is a button to Update or Restore iPad.  The box below that is for Backups.  The box below that has Options for syncing and other things.  I wish I could remember how I got there, but hopefully you will be able to locate this page and do it.  The other 6 tabs say Info, Apps, Music, Movies, TV Shows and Photos.  Good luck.

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