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I just can't figure a way to change my bluetooth device name.

Is there any command?

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You can't change bluetooth device name from control panel in ubuntu yet. Here is the bug report, which provides this workaround:

If you want to change the bluetooth device name permanently, you have to create a file called /etc/machine-info which should have the following content:


After this, restart the Bluetooth service:

sudo service bluetooth restart

Or reboot.

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And issue "service bluetooth restart" after that –  rubiojr Jul 20 '12 at 8:24
No need to restart. service bluetooth restart does the trick. –  arunasr Oct 21 '14 at 15:23

It seems the option was removed from the Bluetooth control panel, but you should still be able to change the name via the command line:

sudo hciconfig hci0 name 'Device Name'

Once you run the command, you should be able to verify the change by bringing up the Bluetooth control panel again and checking the device name.

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Useful Answer! Helped Me Thank You Very Much! :) –  Gaurav Nov 19 '12 at 15:24
this is the safest and right way to do it, thx! –  Aquarius Power Oct 1 '13 at 16:40
This should be the accepted answer. –  Naftuli Tzvi Kay Mar 27 '14 at 18:07
It works, but the name is reset after reboot. I use Ubuntu 14.04. Can it be set permanently? –  BornToCode Sep 4 '14 at 2:49
As @BornToCode points out, the change doesn't persist. Restarting the service with service bluetooth restart will show that the name change is reverted. –  Paul Lammertsma Jan 22 at 0:40

What I did (on 12.04):

  1. device name is stored in /var/lib/bluetooth/XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX/config
  2. delete it
  3. restart (~# service bluetooth restart)
  4. device name is rewritten in config (according to /etc/bluetooth/main.conf ?)
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If you don't like the bluetooth version of the device name, i.e. hostname-0, you can replace the line "Name = %h – %d" to simply "Name = %h" in step 4 above, which will get rid of the numbering suffix, as I just did in 13.04. –  Sadi Jul 10 '13 at 17:31

I am using Blueman Bluetooth Manager. There is an option to change a computer's BT name in:

Adapter → Parameters

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Thank you very much! This is more like the Ubuntu-way ( more user-friendly ;-) than other answers, and the latest version 1.23 has this feature via menu Adapter → Preferences → Friendly Name. Further info: github.com/blueman-project/blueman –  Sadi Sep 21 '14 at 8:02

Open Terminal and paste there the following command:

sudo hciconfig hci0 name 'Device Name'

Change the words between quotes as your desired bluetooth name and press enter

It may ask for your password, type it but it will not appear (for privacy)

Press Enter

You're Done!

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