When I set up a pair of airpods, the name shown is in what appears to be Chinese + English:

speaker selection

This isn't a big deal, but I'm wondering why it does this. What do those Chinese characters mean?

  • That's the name of the AirPods. Did you buy them new or refurb? – fsb Mar 30 at 20:01
  • Bought them new from apple's site – Hassan Mar 30 at 20:02
  • When you set them up did you give them this name? – fsb Mar 30 at 20:05
  • No, I don't think it asked for one. But if it did I didn't notice it – Hassan Mar 30 at 20:06
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    In case anybody is wondering, "木风的" seems to mean "woody" (I hope I got the Chinese characters right...), according to Google Translate (translate.google.com/…) – jaume Apr 4 at 18:29

my name is Mei, and to answer first character 枫 ( fēng ) is a component to a chinese name and literally means "Maple" and second character 的 ( de ) is a possessive particle or meaning "of" or belonging to, to put simply it means "Feng's AirPods"

  • Wow thanks for that. Did I get ripped off paying full price for these I wonder... – Hassan Apr 20 at 6:01
  • Quite possibly, or may have got mixed up when selecting a pair to send, i would see if possible you can get them exchanged, or if they are working fine and you have no problem with the way they are you can always rename them, hope this was helpful – 李美花 Apr 20 at 22:13
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    Thanks. If I do keep them I'm not renaming them I'll just be Feng – Hassan Apr 20 at 22:36

If I were you, and if it is annoying you, I would suggest just running a factory reset on the AirPods. It might help :)

From The Mac Observer:

How to Factory Reset Apple AirPods, May Help with Battery and Pairing Issues

  • Put your AirPods in their case—keep the lid open.

The Mac Observer - AirPods photo

  1. Hold the button on the back, as shown above, for three to five seconds until the amber light blinks three times.
  2. Close the lid.
  3. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Bluetooth > AirPods and Forget This Device, as shown below

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