[Connect] Change Device Name in Device List

We need to be able to configure the display name of devices in the "Devices" list in spotify. This doesnt have to be a feature available on every devices, maybe even a setting only available on the website so it has the most coverage if its an issue implementing it everywhere.

 

But 

 

This Phone

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ECHO-4F0 Speaker

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Galaxy S6

 

As a list sucks. Its a fairly basic usability feature to have that list as

 

This Phone

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Paula's Phone

 

Which would make the selection of a device to control/listen on far easier.

 

Thanks.

 

Updated on 2017-06-13

Hey @rbnzdave thanks for adding your idea to the Community Idea Exchange. We also think this is a good idea, but it isn't in our current timeline. Please continue to leave your votes and feedback here and we'll report back here if we start work on this one. Thanks!

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Rock Star 21
Rock Star 21
Status changed to: New Idea
Updated: 2016-02-24

Marked as New Idea and edited title to make it easier to find via search.



Teagan42
Newbie
It seems that Spotify likes to use a "default name" for devices you can connect to and stream to. Examples: Amazon FireTV boxes are named "Amazon FireTV", Samsung smart TVs are named " Samsung TV", etc. However, if you have multiple of the same device (say for example, you have a FireTV in the living room, bedroom and office), when you try to stream music on your living room TV, you face a problem: all the devices are named "Amazon FireTV"!! You may even go into the Amazon Device manager or the TVs device settings ON THE TV and given each of your devices a different name, but - unfortunately - that doesn't matter, confronted with a list of 3 or 4 " Samsung TV"s.

Even if Spotify respected the device name settings, the ability to add an alias to your devices would make connecting to your devices an even better experience! That way, when friends come over for your Halloween party, they can see "Living Room TV", " Office TV", instead of "Beeblebrox", "Dent" (my network is named after Hitchhiker's Guide characters) and, the terrible, "Samsung TV", "Samsung TV".

All it would take is an extra field in a table and a small UI change for the alias, and the alias option would be far more useful to the layperson than pulling the device name - but, just, do both.
Stalwart
Casual Listener

You can rename the devices in their respective OS preferences. Just make sure to restart them afterwards, as macOS version doesn't pick up a new Mac name until you do a complete computer reboot (just restarting app doesn't update list)

Gnommon
Newbie

Plus one, multiple devices with the same name are really becoming annoying.

please consider adding a feature to rename devices...

 

Gnommon
Newbie

Athis is becoming a big problem. i have 3 amazon fire tvs like Teegan above and they are all called firetv in spotify. This is annoying me so much im looking for alternatives to spotify.

please address this problem soon.

 

best

 

Teagan42
Newbie
Does not work with FireTV and Samsung TVs. This seems like a logical
assumption (use the host be set on the device) but, apparently, not always
the case.
M4ark
Newbie

Same here: we have 3 Fire TV Sticks and 4 people with Spotify Prime accounts in our appartment. You have to try each Fire TV Stick to find the right room. So, if two or more people wont to stream Spotify to a particular device, you will have a lot of trouble, because you kick the other from their device. And you cant even see which device is already in use.

 

Regars,

Mark

AndrewB
Casual Listener

Can you at least resolve this issue for Amazon Fire TV sticks? Given how cheap and useful these devices are I'm sure I'm not the only person to have more than one. Finding the right one can be difficult. 

 

Best wishes, Andrew. 

Chucktar
Casual Listener

Some devices are unable to have their default name changed, which causes havoc when you have multiple devices on one network. Everyone wishes they could just change their device name on the Spotify apllication itself, but that would require further permissions on certain devices. If we could just give a nickname to the device, similar to what you can do on any device connected through bluetooth on a phone , then all of our problems would be solved. Spotify should implement a "Nickname" feature.

Stephan0815
Newbie

No time to do the basics? Realy? How stupid!