How to change your Kindle device name

Amazon Kindle devices are automatically named when you activate them and displayed in the upper-left-hand corner of the screen. There's an easy way change the name from your Amazon account.

New Kindle device name
The Kindle name in the upper-left-hand corner can be changed to something a bit more descriptive. Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

Amazon Kindle devices are automatically named when you activate them to something like, "Ed's Kindle." A second Kindle on your account will be named, "Ed's 2nd Kindle." If you want to change the name to something a bit more descriptive, like the specific model (Paperwhite, Fire, Fire HD, etc.), here's how:

Step 1: Go to the Amazon Kindle management page and log in with the account you used to register your Kindle. Under the "Your Kindle Account" section, click on "Manage your Devices."

Step 2: Click on the "edit" link next to the name of the Kindle you want to rename.

Manage your Kindle
Click to enlarge. Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

Step 3: Enter the name you want, then click the "update" button.

Edit Kindle device name
Click to enlarge. Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

That's it. Your Kindle's new name should show up the next time it syncs or you can try to sync it manually. If it doesn't show up right away, you can also try restarting your Kindle, then force a sync.

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Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at



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