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How to rename network adapter on Windows 11

On Windows 11, you can use the Settings app to change the name of any network adapter, and here's how.

Windows 11 change Ethernet or WiFi name

Windows 11 lets you change the name of a WiFi or Ethernet network adapter from within the Settings app without the need to use Control Panel. Although Windows 11 can automatically assign a name to a network adapter based on the type (WiFi or Ethernet), you may sometimes need to change the name manually to specify something different.

In previous versions of the OS, if you needed to change the adapter’s name, you had to use Control Panel, but now the functionality is built inside the Settings app.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to rename a network adapter through the Settings app on Windows 11.

Change network adapter name with Settings on Windows 11

To change the WiFi or Ethernet adapter’s name with the Settings app, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Network & internet.

  3. Click the Advanced network settings tab on the right side.

    Advanced network settings
    Advanced network settings
  4. Under the “Network adapters” section, click the WiFi or Ethernet adapter you want to rename.

  5. Click the Rename button.

    Rename network adapter
    Rename network adapter
  6. Specify a new name – for example, Ethernet 10Gb or Wi-Fi6E Card.

    Windows 11 change name Ethernet adapter
    Windows 11 change name Ethernet adapter
  7. Click the Save button.

Once you complete the steps, the network adapter will reflect the new name you specified on Windows 11.