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    is it possible to change the device name of the nexus 4 ?
    on a network scan, my nexus shows up as "android-2120ee3b45******" (have inserted * in place of some of the characters).\
    i'd like to give it something more meaningful
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    Default Re: change device name ?

    I'm not sure if this will do what you need it to, but in the Setting/bluetooth/menu, there is an option to "rename Phone"

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    nope can't be that, for 2 reasons

    1) i have bluetooth turned off
    2) when i turned it on, then device name was "Nexus 4", and not the name that is broadcast via the wifi network.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chenks View Post
    nope can't be that, for 2 reasons

    1) i have bluetooth turned off
    2) when i turned it on, then device name was "Nexus 4", and not the name that is broadcast via the wifi network.
    not possible to change using stock version. Not sure if there is an app to modify it
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    That's a bit of a flaw!
    If you have numerous devices on a network how are you supposed to pinpoint one in particular
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    Quote Originally Posted by chenks View Post
    That's a bit of a flaw!
    If you have numerous devices on a network how are you supposed to pinpoint one in particular
    Ok found an app but it need root https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....changer&hl=en

    Yes, I know its a bit odd
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    nah, won't be rooting.
    this really should be a stock feature.
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    Developer options > Android host name
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rizy7 View Post
    Developer options > Android host name
    don't have an option called "android host name" in developer options
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rizy7 View Post
    Developer options > Android host name
    Yeah, I don't have that either (stock/rooted). Rom?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chenks View Post
    don't have an option called "android host name" in developer options
    Quote Originally Posted by mr_nobody View Post
    Yeah, I don't have that either (stock/rooted). Rom?
    Yeah sorry guys looks like its a rom feature.
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    I'm going to quote another post of mine, which can be found here.

    You'll need to enable Developer Options on the tablets, but after doing so, use the following setting.

    Settings > Developer Options > Device hostname

    This will allow you to change, obviously, the hostname that the tablet uses. You'll want to reboot the tablet to ensure it refreshes properly on the network side. However, not every device may have this option. If you don't see it after enabling Developer Options, use the following method, though it will require root access. You should be able to unroot without having the hostname reset, but don't quote me on that. I'd give it a try with the first tablet to see whether or not it will work.

    Install a terminal emulator on the tablet. Enter the following:

    Code:
    > su
    > getprop net.hostname
    > setprop net.hostname <new_hostname>
    The 'getprop' command will return the current hostname, so you can double-check it before setting the new one. Again, reboot to refresh network assignments.
    So, as far as I know, if the 'Device hostname' settings is not present, you'll have to be rooted in order to change it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Schroedl View Post
    I'm going to quote another post of mine, which can be found here.

    Code:
    > su
    > getprop net.hostname
    > setprop net.hostname <new_hostname>
    So, as far as I know, if the 'Device hostname' settings is not present, you'll have to be rooted in order to change it.

    Nice tip... Thanks.
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    I don't know if you already worked this out, but this is how it worked for me. I am using Android 4.1.2

    - To edit the device name you will need to do it under WiFi settings,
    - you will have to enable it first. Go to your device’s Settings panel and tap on the toggle slider to enable Wi-Fi
    - Next, tap on the “Wi-Fi” text to see the configuration screen.,
    - Tap on “Wi-Fi Direct” button on the bottom (for Samsung devices, I did it on a Sumsung Grand Duos), or launch options menu to see the “Wi-Fi Direct” option (for AOSP) and then tap on it.
    - Now tap on the menu button/icon to see the “Rename Phone” or “Rename Device” option.
    - Type in the preferred name in the text box and select OK to save it. Done!

    Good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by mutkey View Post
    I don't know if you already worked this out, but this is how it worked for me. I am using Android 4.1.2

    - To edit the device name you will need to do it under WiFi settings,
    - you will have to enable it first. Go to your device’s Settings panel and tap on the toggle slider to enable Wi-Fi
    - Next, tap on the “Wi-Fi” text to see the configuration screen.,
    - Tap on “Wi-Fi Direct” button on the bottom (for Samsung devices, I did it on a Sumsung Grand Duos), or launch options menu to see the “Wi-Fi Direct” option (for AOSP) and then tap on it.
    - Now tap on the menu button/icon to see the “Rename Phone” or “Rename Device” option.
    - Type in the preferred name in the text box and select OK to save it. Done!

    Good luck
    that made no difference whatsoever
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    Question Re: change device name ?

    I have a samsung vitality smart phone. Where can i view my name that shows up on the wifi signal? Like when you get on the wifi signal and see other peoples names on the wifi network. How do i find mine?
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    Idk if its same for nexus but here u just go in settings then on bottom at About Device and just press at device name n it alows u to change...hope its that

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    have a samsung tablet sm-t210r
    settings->More Settings->Media Share->Device Name
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    'DNS Hostname Changer' is the answer!
    Only way for me to change my phones name
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    Ok i finally find it..
    Go to settings->bluetooth tap the settings button and there is rename phone options!
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    If you have the Device Manager App at the menu there is an option "Rename device"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Giwrgos Papachristopoulos View Post
    Ok i finally find it..
    Go to settings->bluetooth tap the settings button and there is rename phone options!
    Only affects your device's "Bluetooth" name. Other Bluetooth devices will see the name you give here; Wi-Fi devices will not be affected however. They will continue to see the funky name the original poster complained about.
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    Thanxx buddy gr8 tips terminal code 100% worked
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    My HTC One 4g from Vodafone, running 4.4.2 with Sense 5.5 and SmartLauncher2 has many names: About phone name, Bluetooth, WiFi- direct, WiFi- hostname/router/ssid, WiFi client; all are editable except for the WiFi client name, which appears to require root or superuser access.

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