I have MBP 2015. I am running Mac OSX Sierra.

I go to my bluetooth preferences and right click and rename a device.

The window for rename comes up. I enter the new text and press rename.

And nothing happens the name of the device just does not change.

No errors ... no warnings.

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And the final result (no name change)

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  • I'm having a different, but likely related, problem with bluetooth device names in High Sierra. My BeatsX earphones stopped displaying the name I gave them in any list of bluetooth devices. In fact, they don't display any name at all! My UE Boom 2 speaker also doesn't (usually) show its custom name, but it does show the default UE BOOM 2 when not connected. – bernk Mar 28 '18 at 20:32

It looks like this is bug that show only up for few users. There is no current solution, I event tried manually changing alias name in plist file but it is short term(until you connect next time).

There is more and more people that are having this issue.

In my company we use Macs mostly and I am the only one having this issue. There are already some support questions opened on apples forum: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7904717 https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7927709

I have even spent 2 hours on phone with apple and they are saying it is not a bug XD

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I also have the same issue with my current macOS Catalina. I could not change the name of my Magic Mouse. Tried resetting with debug mode, turn on and off, delete bluetooth.plist.

Then I tried to connect the same Magic Mouse to my MacBook Pro running on macOS El Capitan, and voila... I could rename it without a problem.

So, it's definitely a bug with the macOS. Not sure since which macOS version the bug existed. But I know for sure that it is okay with macOS El Capitan, and it's not okay with macOS Catalina.

But it might also be a bug combined with the hardware

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none of these will work. I tried pairing with windows or even older versions of macOS it shows with the original name you want to change. this is definitely related to hardware not related to software. by any chance did you buy this device from a friend or are you using a device you originally paired with your old computer ?

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  • Welcome to Ask Different. The nugget about your thinking this is hardware can be a solid answer. Might you edit this to reference or explain how someone could validate that statement? – bmike Jun 29 at 4:32
  • if this was purchased used or handed down from friends or family. please ask if they have registered these devices with apple. if they have been registered ask them to go to their apple profile and remove the devices serial numbers from their profiles. once done try to remove the bluetooth device from your computer and pair it again and register it on your apple profile on apple web site – Deniz Atalay Jul 23 at 1:11
  • related: reddit.com/r/MacOS/comments/gftdsz/… – Xiao Jul 30 at 22:17

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