Android TV is an attempt by Google to take over the living room, and since some devices are available for under $ 99, it’s not uncommon for users to have more than one box. The problem is when multiple devices identify identically on the network, how do you know which one is which?
Changing the device name is very easy and something you really want to do if you have more than one identical Android TV box in your home.
Why do you change the name of your Android TV?
Some time ago, a number of websites put the Nexus Player up for sale for around $ 50. At this price, it’s a little more than a Chromecast but adds a lot of additional features. Therefore, it is not unlikely that some users bought a few units for different rooms in the house.
Let’s say you have one in the living room and one in the bedroom in this scenario. You are lying in bed and looking at your cell phone when you find a bike video on YouTube that you want to share with your partner. You press the cast button just to see “Nexus Player” and “Nexus Player” – but which one is which? Yes, there is no way to tell.
To make your life much easier, you should simply rename them to indicate where they are. The good news is that it’s stupidly simple. Let’s do this.
How to rename your Android TV player
You should jump into the settings menu first by navigating to the bottom row of icons and selecting the gear icon.
From there, just go to the end of the first row and go to the “About” section.
The “Device Name” is in this menu, but the exact position in the list depends on the device. Just scroll down until you find it.
When you find it, click on it. A menu will open asking if you want to change the name. Choose “Change”.
You will then receive a handful of different preset options such as “media room”, “family room” and the like. If one of them fits your situation, choose it. You will return to the “About” menu and the new device name will be displayed. You are done.
If none of the preset options are good enough for you, scroll all the way to the bottom of the list. An “Enter the user-defined name” is displayed there.
“Possibility. Select that
The on-screen keyboard is displayed and you can give your device any name you want. When you are done renaming, just click “Next”. That’s it.
As soon as the device has been renamed, the new name appears almost immediately in the cast menu. Gone are the days when you guessed which box was the right one to watch YouTube or Netflix. You’re welcome.