How (and why) to rename audio devices in Windows 10

Windows 10 logo

Do you get confused when managing audio devices on Windows 10? To make it easier to recognize your audio devices, give your devices custom names. We will show you how to do this on your PC.

Why rename your audio devices

The main reason for renaming your audio input and output devices is to make your devices easily recognizable. For example, if you Uses multiple speakers and microphones with your PC, and if each one has a unique name, you can quickly select the device you want to use in your apps.

Renaming devices also helps troubleshoot them, as you can select the correct device while trying to figure out the problem.

RELATED: To record from multiple audio devices simultaneously

How to rename audio output devices on Windows 10

To use a custom name for your Windows 10 speakers, first open the Settings app. To do this, use the Windows + keyboard shortcut.

Click “System” in the “Settings” window.

click on "System" in Settings on Windows 10.

Select “Audio” on the “System” page from the left sidebar.

choose "Sound" on it "System" page in Settings on Windows 10.

In the pane on the right you will see a section “Output”. Click here on the “Select your output device” drop-down menu and select your speaker from the list. Then click “Device Properties” under this drop-down menu.

Select speakers from "Select your output device" drop-down menu and click "Unit properties" in Settings on Windows 10.

You are now on the “Device Properties” page. At the top of this page, click on the text field and type a new name for your speakers. Then click “Rename” next to this name field.

Enter a new name and click "rename" on it "Unit properties" page in Settings on Windows 10.

And that’s it. Windows 10 does not display any confirmation message, but make sure your device is renamed. You will now see the new name of your device in your apps, e.g. Audacity.

How to rename audio input devices on Windows 10

The process of renaming microphones is pretty much the same as renaming speakers.

Start by opening the Settings app on your Windows 10 PC. To do this, press the Windows + i keys at the same time.

Click “System” in Settings.

click on "System" in Settings on Windows 10.

Click “Audio” on the “System” page in the left sidebar.

choose "Sound" on it "System" page in Settings on Windows 10.

In the right pane you will see a section “Input”. Click here on the “Select your input device” drop-down menu and select your microphone from the list. Then click “Device Properties” under this drop-down menu.

Select the microphone off "Select your input device" drop-down menu and click "Unit properties" in Settings on Windows 10.

You will see the “Device Properties” page. Click on the text field at the top of this page and enter a new name for your microphone. Then click “Rename” next to this text box.

Enter a new name for the microphone and click "rename" on it "Unit properties" page in Settings on Windows 10.

And without any confirmation, Windows 10 changes your microphone name to the specified one. You are ready.

It is a good idea to use unique names for your speakers and microphones, especially if you use several of these devices with your computer.


Did you know that you can also rename your Windows 10 PC?

RELATED: How to rename any computer, smartphone or tablet

Leave a Comment