Rename bluetooth device (surface pro 3, windows 10)

I have two of the same SoundBot portable speakers. Both are labelled SB513 in my bluetooth devices view.  How can I avoid trial and error each time to determine which SB513 connects to my yellow one and which connects to my pink one.  In other words, how can I rename the devices?
 

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  • Are you referring to the external speakers or internal speakers?
  • Did you tried to rename by right clicking on the device name?

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I had a similar problem trying to rename a pair of Bluetooth keyboards.  One obscure detail I found is that I can't rename a Bluetooth device when it's not connected.  It appears one has to connect the device and then one can rename it by using the right-click solution mentioned previously.

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I had the opposite experience: when I was trying to rename my bluetooth mouse, I had to rename it while connected (name wouldn't stick), then disconnect and save the settings, then reconnect the mouse.

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So I have two BT speakers that are the same but use in different locations. So I wanted them named differently. I followed the instructions above and it did not stick yet as soon as I shut off the device the new name appeared and all is as expected.

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This worked for me as well. You need to have the device connected to change the name but it will not change until you turn off the connected blue tooth device. Once it is changed it will stay until you change it again.

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I had the exact same problem as the OP. I solved it after reading this thread by re-pairing the device *after* I had renamed it following the steps above (in devices and printers). So I had the same problem with the name not sticking. Even though the device was connected when I began the process, renaming it appeared to unpair it. My device has a button that begins pairing. I merely pressed that button and in a second or two the new name appeared.

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This worked for me as well. You need to have the device connected to change the name but it will not change until you turn off the connected blue tooth device. Once it is changed it will stay until you change it again.

Yes it has worked for me for my bluetooth mouse by powering off / powering on the device. For the rest of the PC session the new name stuck. Then after finishing and powering off the PC. Turning the PC back on at a later time, the name once again reverted to the generic "Bluetooth Mouse". So once again I can't distinguish one mouse from another.

For my keyboards it worked differently. My keyboards are all "Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000". Since I have several I distinguish them by numbering 1, 2 3 and try to add the number.  Turning off / back on of the keyboard unlike the mouse does not make the the change (viz new number) change and it always remains as "Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000".

So, sadly your solution only works temporarily for mouse (while PC remains switched on) and doesn't work at all for keyboard.

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Manufacturers can lock in the names if they want to. Nothing's going to change that for you. You are right that the method I posted about doesn't stick past the power down of the PC. And I haven't done a thorough test of this method either, but it's working for me:

Pair your Bluetooth devices with somebody's Mac, open Bluetooth preferences, right-click the name of the device you want to change, and choose rename. It changes right away on the Mac. Afterward, disconnect your Bluetooth device from the Mac. Next, re-pair the device with your PC. In my case I never disconnected it, I just had the laptop turned off. When I initiated pairing, the old name appeared in the Windows 10 Bluetooth settings area. It showed as being paired because it had been paired before. After a minute or 2, the new name appeared, replacing the old name.

I've renamed Bluetooth devices with the Mac before and they always stick. Your mileage may vary.

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As regards manufacturers "locking in the names if they want to" this does not apply to the bluetooth devices I am using. In Windows XP I happily changed the bluetooth names of these devices proving that the names are not "locked in". Windows 10 will not permit me to change the bluetooth names of these same devices that were happily changed under XP. with not the slightest difficulty. This, and the fact that you agree the attempt to change names do not pass a power down / power up under Windows, 10 shows we still haven't solved the problem raised by this thread.

I don't have a MAC and see no point in pairing my devices with a MAC. It's Windows 10 that I'm seeking a solution for.

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Suit yourself. As for me, my problem is solved, so I'm unsubscribing from this thread.

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