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How can I rename my device?

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

So I know I've been able to do it before...I have multiple PC's sycned up and I always name the devices like Work Laptop, Home PC, Home Laptop, etc...

Under Settings-->Security-->Devices I can see all my devices but not option to rename them.

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Re: Renaming a Device

Dropboxer
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Hey @garzjoe, in order to change the name of a device to appear differently on the website, you’d have to change the name of the device itself. To do this, follow the steps below:
  1. Unlink your computer. 
  2. Change the name of the device from the computer’s settings. 
  3. Relink your device once more. 
Since the security tab shows you a list of connected computers, the names shown online would have to match the names of the computers linked, making this device-specific.
 
I hope this helped to some extent! 

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Re: Renaming a Device

Dropboxer
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Hey @garzjoe, in order to change the name of a device to appear differently on the website, you’d have to change the name of the device itself. To do this, follow the steps below:
  1. Unlink your computer. 
  2. Change the name of the device from the computer’s settings. 
  3. Relink your device once more. 
Since the security tab shows you a list of connected computers, the names shown online would have to match the names of the computers linked, making this device-specific.
 
I hope this helped to some extent! 

Lusil
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Re: Renaming a Device

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2
Thank you Lusil! I had thought of that...but this particular device is my work PC so I don’t want to change the name of the PC locally.

There was a time we were able to do this. My work PC had to get re-imaged it had a nickname I had given it. I deleted that device and now I’m stuck with this one, not a huge deal was hoping for a way to do this in DropBox but looks like they removed the feature for one reason or another.
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How to change computer name?

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New member | Level 2

Not work by double click computer name in Seccurity .

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Re: How to change computer name?

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

Hi there, I moved your thread into this one since it was related.

You can't rename the computer name from the security settings, you'll need to follow the steps provided by colleague above to change the computer name.


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Re: How to change computer name?

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How does this now work with the new device limits? Wouldn't these instructions basically trick grandfathered users to removing devices and then not be able to add them back unless they now reduce to 2 devices or pay?

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Re: How to change computer name?

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Dropboxer

Hi @adrianp74, since these instructions were provided prior to the 3 device limit on Basic plans, we wouldn’t recommend users unlink if they have more than 3 devices connected just to change the computer name.

Currently, there isn’t another way to change the name on the computer, since it does register the name when the account is connected to that machine when it is first linked.


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Re: How to change computer name?

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So can someone explain why the Dropbox client doesn't just detect the device/computer's name has changed, and update the Device Name automatically?

 

This gets confusing in an environment where machines' roles change periodically so they get renamed, but the old name sticks in Dropbox's Devices listing. Unlinking and relinking Dropbox is a ridiculous workaround, especially for very large Dropbox accounts.

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