How to Change Your Chromebook Device Name in 7 Steps

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If you’re a Chromebook user, it’s important to personalize your device to make it easier to identify and use. One of the first steps to personalizing your Chromebook is by giving it a unique name that matches your preference. This name will appear when using wireless connections like WiFi and Bluetooth.

In this article, I will show you how to change your Chromebook name in a few simple steps. Renaming your device will help you differentiate it from other Chromebooks and allow you to personalize it to your liking. This article will benefit anyone who wants to customize their Chromebook and make it more user-friendly.

How to change your Chromebook name

1. Go to the Launcher menu and open Chrome.

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2. Type chrome:flags#enable-hostname-setting on the address bar and hit the Enter key on the keyboard.

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3. Enable the setting and Restart the device.

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4. After it is turned back on, go to Launcher and click Settings.

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5. Navigate to About ChromeOS and select Additional details.

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6. Click the pencil icon under the Device name menu.

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7. Rename your Chromebook and hit OK.

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Congratulations! You have renamed your Chromebook which is something that cannot be done officially.

The setting that you just used is still in the experimental bracket, meaning Google may or may not feature it in the upcoming ChromeOS updates. So, they may remove the option completely and revert the device name to default. So, that’s something to be aware of.

Why you may need to change the device name

Here are some common reasons to change your Chromebook name:

  • Identify your device – If you have multiple Chromebooks, naming them makes it easier to distinguish which one is which when connecting or signing in.
  • Personalization – You can change it to your name, nickname, or anything else creative. It’s a simple way to add your own flair.
  • New owner – If you bought your Chromebook used, changing the name can give it a fresh start.
  • Shared device – For a family Chromebook, each person can set their own name to easily see whose session is active.
  • Resold device – Wipe your name off before selling or giving your Chromebook away.

While it’s not required, changing the name can make using your Chromebook a bit easier or more fun. The name appears on the sign-in screen, account switcher, and other places.

Things to know if you still see the old name

After renaming your Chromebook, you may notice the old name popping up in some places. This is normal and here’s why:

  • Restart required – The new name won’t fully take effect until restarting the device.
  • Cached name – Websites or apps may show the old name until you clear cached data.
  • Account name – Your Google account name does not change. Only the Chromebook name changes.
  • Network name – The device name on Wi-Fi or Bluetooth is handled separately.

Just restart your Chromebook and give it some time for the new name to permeate through the system. The change is purely cosmetic so nothing else is impacted.

FAQs

How do I change the owner name on a Chromebook?

To change the owner of your Chromebook, you need to reset it to factory settings. This process will erase all data, files, and accounts on your Chromebook. After resetting, set up your Chromebook again and sign in with the account that you want as the owner

How do I find my computer name on my Chromebook?

You can find your Chromebook’s device name by opening the Chrome browser window, clicking the three vertical dots on the upper right-hand corner, selecting “Settings”, scrolling down to the “Advanced” section, and selecting “About Chrome OS”.

Why is my Chromebook called Octopus?

“Octopus” is a board name used in various models of Chromebooks. The software build is board specific, hence your Chromebook might be identified as “Octopus”.

How do I remove a name from my Chromebook?

To remove a name from your Chromebook, select the profile you want to remove on the sign-in screen. Next to the profile name, select the Down arrow, then select “Remove this user”. Confirm by selecting “Remove this user” again in the box that appears.