My daughter wants to rename her iPad mini, and I told her I thought the only way to do this was to connect it to iTunes on a computer, but when we connected it to my laptop, we got

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This is disturbing, since obviously I neither want to set up the iPad as new again, nor do I want to restore over it with a backup from another device. Both would wipe it, and would make absolutely no sense.

There is a page which claims this does not actually set up the iPad to be as new, but instead simply adds allows it to start syncing with iTunes. I'm hesitant to believe this—normally Apple is not so careless in their choice of words, but since StackExchange site usually give more reliable information than other forums, I'm hoping someone can confirm or deny this claim FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. Thanks.

  • FWIW, I am sure that it would prompt you for confirmation before actually wiping the device. – bassplayer7 Jan 21 '15 at 3:32
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    If anyone from Apple reads this, the wording of the message is extremely unfortunate. "Set up" could mean set up the iPad, or it could mean set up within iTunes. It means the latter, but it's not obvious from the wording. – William Jockusch Oct 30 '17 at 15:33

CONFIRMED BY MYSELF on my new iPad mini 4 and iTunes 12.

If you select "Set up as new iPad" and hit Enter you'll get a new window with "Sync with iTunes" message and a blue button with white letters Get Started. After hitting this button you'll get a iTunes window for your attached device with all the relevant information, Backups and other Options.

In other words, if you select "Set up as new iPad" * NOTHING IS CHANGED IN THE ATTACHED DEVICE * it is only attached to iTunes for subsequent actions.


You can rename your iPad on the device itself: go to "Settings"->"General"->"About"->"Name".

If you have never connected or synced this iPad to this computer via iTunes, it keeps ask you to set it up as new, or restore it. Choose "Set up as a new iPad"; don't worry iTunes won't wipe your iPad, it will just tell iTunes this is a new device and now you can sync this device or make a backup if you like.

  • This solves the problem behind the question, so I upvoted it as useful, but it doesn't actually answer the question as posed, so I didn't mark it as the accepted answer. – iconoclast Jul 18 '16 at 18:20

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