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How can I change the hotspot name without changing the iPhone name (the name indicated in Settings > General > About)?

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Apple confirmed in their own forums the only way to do this is by changing the phone name.

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7828399

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    discussions.apple.com is an Apple users forum, not an official Apple publication. While Apple employees moderate (user/customer rants are removed quickly), they rarely weigh in; when they do so, they identify themselves and only suggest how users might approach problems. The cited thread is therefore a customer comment or answer, not an Apple one. May 10, 2018 at 1:19
  • Did you read the page? Apple tagged it as the recommended solution. Non-Apple users can’t mark anything as “Apple Recommended”.
    – daneb
    May 10, 2018 at 23:06
  • you're quite right - I didn't see the notation, and now also see that as it doesn't appear in all answers, it's reasonable to assume that someone at Apple applied this approval. May 10, 2018 at 23:10

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