How to Rename Sound Input or Output Device in Windows 10


The default sound input device is the device (ex: microphone) that Windows uses to record or hear sound.

The default audio playback device is the device (ex: speaker) that Windows uses to output (play) sound.

If you don't like the default name given to a sound input or output device, you can easily rename it to any name you want to display for the device in Windows 10.

This tutorial will show you how to rename a sound input or output device for all users in Windows 10.


Contents




EXAMPLE: List of sound playback (output) devices from the Volume icon on taskbar
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OPTION ONE

Rename Sound Input Device from Settings


1 Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.

2 Click/tap on Sound on the left side, select the input device you want to rename on the right side, and click/tap on the Device properties link under it. (see screenshot below)

This will change the default sound input device, so you may want to change this back to the device you want after renaming a device.

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3 Type a new name you want, and click/tap on the Rename. (see screenshot below)

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4 You can now close Settings if you like.






OPTION TWO

Rename Sound Output Device from Settings


1 Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.

2 Click/tap on Sound on the left side, select the output device you want to rename on the right side, and click/tap on the Device properties link under it. (see screenshot below)

This will change the default sound output device, so you may want to change this back to the device you want after renaming a device.

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3 Type a new name you want, and click/tap on the Rename. (see screenshot below)

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4 You can now close Settings if you like.






OPTION THREE

Rename Sound Input Device from Sound Control Panel


1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Sound icon.

If you like, you can open Run (Win+R), copy and paste the command below into Run, and click/tap on OK to directly open "Recording" devices in the Sound panel.

rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,1


2 Select the sound input device you want to rename, and click/tap on the Properties button. (see screenshot below)

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3 In the General tab, type a new name you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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4 Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION FOUR

Rename Sound Output Device from Sound Control Panel


1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Sound icon.

If you like, you can open Run (Win+R), copy and paste the command below into Run, and click/tap on OK to directly open "Playback" devices in the Sound panel.

:arrow: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,0


2 Select the sound output device you want to rename, and click/tap on the Properties button. (see screenshot below)

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3 In the General tab, type a new name you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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4 Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn