Say Goodbye to Your Old Nickname: Updating Personal Info Across Apple Ecosystem


How can I stop my iPhone from using an old nickname that I set up years ago? Despite changing it to my real name, the nickname still appears in various places, such as the name of my AirPods, and even showed up during a Microsoft Teams meeting. I’ve checked my settings and asked Siri, but both display my actual name. It seems like the nickname is still associated with my Apple ID. Can you provide guidance on resolving this issue?


If you’re experiencing the persistent use of an old nickname on your Apple devices, despite having updated your information, you’re not alone. This can be a frustrating issue, especially when the nickname pops up in professional settings, like during a Microsoft Teams meeting. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you ensure that your Apple ID and connected devices reflect your current name.

Step 1: Check Your Apple ID Account Information

First, verify that your Apple ID account information is up to date:

  • Visit the Apple ID website and sign in with your credentials.
  • Review the information under the “Name, ID, and Email Addresses” section.
  • If the old nickname appears, update it to your real name and save the changes.

Step 2: Update Your Nickname in iTunes

An old nickname might still be associated with your Apple ID in iTunes:

  • Open iTunes on your computer.
  • Go to Account > View My Account.
  • Sign in and scroll down to the “Settings” section.
  • Look for an option to ‘Edit Nickname’ and update it accordingly.

Step 3: Manage Your Associated Devices

Sometimes, the issue might stem from associated devices retaining the old nickname:

  • On your iPhone, go to Settings > [your name] > iTunes & App Store.
  • Tap your Apple ID, then tap View Apple ID.
  • Scroll to the “iTunes in the Cloud” section, then tap “Remove This Device” if necessary.

Step 4: Rename Your AirPods

If your AirPods are still displaying the old nickname:

  • Connect your AirPods to your iPhone.
  • Go to Settings > Bluetooth.
  • Find your AirPods in the list and tap the “i” icon next to them.
  • Tap “Name” and enter the desired name for your AirPods.

Step 5: Check Siri Settings

Ensure that Siri is using the correct name:

  • Go to Settings > Siri & Search.
  • Tap on ‘My Information’ and select your contact card with the correct name.

Step 6: Review Device Names on iCloud

  • Sign in to with your Apple ID.
  • Go to “Account Settings” and review the names of your devices.
  • Update any device name that is incorrect.


By following these steps, you should be able to remove the old nickname from all aspects of your Apple ecosystem. If the nickname continues to appear, consider reaching out to Apple Support for further assistance. Remember, keeping your personal information up to date across all your devices not only helps avoid awkward situations but also ensures a consistent experience with your Apple products.

I hope this article helps you resolve the nickname issue on your iPhone and other Apple devices. If you’ve tried all these steps and the problem persists, contacting Apple Support directly may be the best course of action. They can provide more personalized assistance to ensure that your devices reflect your current name.

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