One of the most valuable features of Google Wifi for me is the ability to monitor my network activity on a per-device basis. The fact is that many devices incorrectly report themselves to the router, so it’s hard to tell what’s what. Here’s how to figure it out and then change the name.

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First things first: you need to find a list of all the devices on your network. We have a detailed guide on how to do this, so we recommend reading that first. But here’s a quick and dirty one:

  • Open the Google Wifi app and swipe to the second tab.
  • Click Devices.

Easy, right? Yes. A list of all active devices on your network will appear. Look for a device that doesn’t have the correct name — something vague like «Android-5». Click on it, then swipe up to the Details tab.

This is where things get a little tricky because you need to figure out what kind of device it actually is. If you have multiple Google Wifi, the first thing to check is which device the device is connected to. In our test case, Android-5 is connected to my Office Wifi, so at least I can pinpoint its location at that location.

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From there, it’s best to tell which device it is by its IP address. Therefore, you need to know how to find the IP address on all your devices, which can be tricky. If you don’t know how to find this information, we have a handy guide that covers almost all devices. Please.

In our test scenario, I discovered that «Android 5» is actually my Nexus 6P.

Once you have identified the device by matching the IP addresses, simply click on the little pencil icon to change the name. Give the device a new name, click the save button, and you’re done.

Now just do this for every device on your network (have fun) so you always know what’s eating up your bandwidth.

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