This post shows students and new users the steps to rename or rename audio devices in Windows 11. When you have multiple audio devices connected to Windows, renaming them so that you can quickly identify each can be something you want to do.

It will really suck when you select the wrong audio device to play a video that is offensive to others or play a music on the wrong device that is embarrassing. You can save yourself some embarrassment and rename your audio devices so that you know each device connected to your computer.

Although Windows tries to display device names according to the manufacturer’s naming convention, it is sometimes difficult to tell which device based on its name. Therefore, Windows allows users to rename the devices connected to their computer. If you give each device a unique and descriptive name so that you can distinguish it from the others.

The steps below will show you how to do it when using Windows 11

To start renaming audio devices in Windows, follow the steps below.

How to rename the audio device in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows allows users to rename the audio devices connected to their computer. You can give each device a unique and descriptive name to differentiate it from the other and thus not trigger music from the wrong device.

Here’s how to do it.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for most of its settings. From system settings to creating new users and updating Windows, everything can be done from your System settings crystal.

To access the System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click Start ==> Settings as shown in the following picture:

windows 11 startup settings

The Windows settings panel should look similar to the image below. In Windows settings, click Systemand select Sound on the right panel of the screen shown in the image below.

disable windows 11 startup sound 1

In the Sound settings panel, under Output, select the sound or audio device you would like to rename. All audio devices connected to your computer should appear under Output.

For each device, click the right arrow on the Speakers tile to access the device settings panel.

rename sound device in Windows 11

In the device settings panel, under the device name, click the Rename link. This will open the name’s properties window. There, enter a unique name for the device, then click the Rename button to save.

Windows 11 rename the audio device

You can also do the same for input devices. Devices in the Input section can be renamed to Output devices.

Your changes and the new name should be applied immediately. The next time you want to use the output device, choose the unique name to output the sound. This is much better than guessing what each device is.

Windows sound device name names

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In this tutorial we have seen how to rename an audio or sound device in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, use the comment form below.

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