1. JPL5780's Avatar
    I have successfully changed the Wi-Fi Device Name on my Nexus 5 via Settings > Wi-Fi > Options menu > Wi-Fi Direct > Rename Device.

    The problem is that this has not changed what I understand as the Wi-Fi device name, i.e. the network hostname of the device. The hostname remains as "android-<long alphanumeric string>".

    How may I change the hostname?

    JPL
    01-14-2014 11:16 AM
  2. N4Newbie's Avatar
    There was quite a discussion on this a while back, here or in the Nexus 4 forum. The upshot was, it appears that it cannot be done.
    01-14-2014 11:25 AM
  3. JPL5780's Avatar
    Thanks for the reply, but that is just absurd, although it does explain why I couldn't find out how to do it.
    01-14-2014 11:33 AM
  4. merv69's Avatar
    I have successfully changed the Wi-Fi Device Name on my Nexus 5 via Settings > Wi-Fi > Options menu > Wi-Fi Direct > Rename Device.

    The problem is that this has not changed what I understand as the Wi-Fi device name, i.e. the network hostname of the device. The hostname remains as "android-<long alphanumeric string>".

    How may I change the hostname?

    JPL
    Are you referring to the WiFi hotspot feature?

    Via my LG Nexus 5...
    01-14-2014 12:43 PM
  5. merv69's Avatar
    If it is, I went to settings>wireless networks, more> tethering and portable hotspot>set up WiFi hotspot. The area with the password is editable as well as the SSID (i enabled 'show password' so as to not make mistakes) and then press save. It worked for me on my N5.

    Via my LG Nexus 5...
    01-14-2014 12:48 PM
  6. patruns's Avatar
    I have successfully changed the Wi-Fi Device Name on my Nexus 5 via Settings > Wi-Fi > Options menu > Wi-Fi Direct > Rename Device.

    The problem is that this has not changed what I understand as the Wi-Fi device name, i.e. the network hostname of the device. The hostname remains as "android-<long alphanumeric string>".

    How may I change the hostname?

    JPL
    If you are trying to tether your Nexus 5 to take advantage of your cell service, follow merv69's suggestion. I think you are looking in the wrong area. There is no reason to change the name of the device. You just want your other device to see it as a wifi connection.
    01-14-2014 01:23 PM
  7. N4Newbie's Avatar
    Thanks for the reply, but that is just absurd, although it does explain why I couldn't find out how to do it.
    Some people simply want to change the name so that it shows up in their WiFi router's list of connected devices as something more meaningful than "android-<long alphanumeric string>" - perhaps "Bill's Nexus 5".

    Here's another thread on this subject: http://forums.androidcentral.com/goo...vice-name.html
    01-14-2014 01:32 PM
  8. JPL5780's Avatar
    Quite.

    Thanks for the link. I note that one poster says "this really should be a stock feature". But it seems that the phone must be rooted in order to change the hostname, and being so new to Android I am reluctant to contemplate that.

    Why would you think this has anything to do with tethering? Hostname - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    01-14-2014 02:33 PM
  9. patruns's Avatar
    Why would you think this has anything to do with tethering?
    You would be surprised the number of people who are really referring to naming their tethered hotspot so that they recognize it when they try to connect with another device. I'm sure you knew exactly what you meant when you posted, but it is not necessarily clear to others reading the post without a more thorough explanation of why you are asking.

    No worries mate.
    01-14-2014 03:23 PM
  10. JPL5780's Avatar
    OK. Thanks for the clarification.
    01-14-2014 04:47 PM
  11. N4Newbie's Avatar
    The upshot was, it appears that it cannot be done.http://interinsurances.com/1f.jpg
    Which is exactly what I said in the very first reply to the original post.
    01-14-2014 08:49 PM
  12. orthonovum's Avatar
    Can't be done? Works fine for me...

    01-14-2014 09:59 PM
  13. N4Newbie's Avatar
    Can't be done? Works fine for me...

    http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/15/adu3e2yr.jpg
    What device is that? What custom kernel/ROM are you running? The page shown is not part of stock 4.2, 4.3, or 4.4 on Nexus 4 or 5.
    01-15-2014 03:09 AM
  14. JPL5780's Avatar
    But it seems to be exactly what is required. I think of the Nexus more as a networked computer than a telephone, and this facility is just expected in a computer.
    01-15-2014 04:41 AM
  15. patruns's Avatar
    01-15-2014 09:06 AM
  16. orthonovum's Avatar
    What device is that? What custom kernel/ROM are you running? The page shown is not part of stock 4.2, 4.3, or 4.4 on Nexus 4 or 5.
    This is the change hostname app running on a stock rooted Nexus 5
    01-15-2014 09:53 AM
  17. N4Newbie's Avatar
    This is the change hostname app running on a stock rooted Nexus 5
    And therein lies the problem. Many people just don't want to root.
    01-15-2014 11:30 AM
  18. JPL5780's Avatar
    And it should not be necessary to root when the only change required is to the hostname.
    01-15-2014 11:42 AM
  19. recDNA's Avatar
    In my router I can change the name of any device. Of course on another router it would still show original name.

    Beamed from my Galaxy Note 3
    01-15-2014 11:49 AM
  20. orthonovum's Avatar
    oh? you cant just change the hostname of a linux install on your computer unless you do it as the root user

    yes yes phones are not computers.. but linux is linux
    recDNA likes this.
    01-15-2014 12:11 PM
  21. Chuck Claunch's Avatar
    Right, and you typically don't have to jump through hoops or void warranties in order to log in as root on your own computer.
    06-21-2014 09:44 AM
  22. Exers's Avatar
    Settings:- Click More which is under Data Usage: - Tethering and Mobile Hotspot:- Setup WiFi hotspot:- Change Network name = Job Done

    Hope this helps
    04-22-2015 02:09 AM
  23. JPL5780's Avatar
    That seems to change the SSID,
    i.e. the name of the tethering network using the device as an access point, rather than the hostname of the device on any other network. This is not about tethering.
    04-22-2015 02:50 AM

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