Custom Device Names on Reports

Custom Device Names on Reports

Written on September 19th, 2014 in Product updates by Adam


Here’s a cool way to add some value to your X3watch accountability reports. Now that we’ve introduced updates to our Windows, Mac and Mobile software, we’ve added support for identifying reports by device name instead of by type.

Not sure what I mean?

No worries, I’ll explain!

In the first release of X3watch Premium, reports were broken up by device type (like “Windows”, “Mac” and iOS”). Now, we’re able to identify the device by it’s name on the report (like Adam’s iMac, or “Stephanie’s Windows Netbook). This is a great way to easily identify which device is accessing the material showing up on your reports.


Mac OS X 10.7.5 and up:

Step 1: Click the “Apple” icon
Step 2: Select “System Preferences”
Step 3: Click on the “Sharing” icon

In the “Computer Name” field, change the name of the device to anything you desire. This is going to change the name on the system, and it’s what will appear in your Device Usage and your X3watch accountability reports going forward.

 Once you’ve finished re-naming your device, close out of System Preferences.


iOS 6, 7 & 8:

Step 1: From the home screen click “Settings”
Step 2: Click “General”
Step 3: Click on “About”
Step 4: Select the “Name” field and then enter the name you’d like to give your iOS device. Once you’re finished, click the “Home” button (round button at the bottom of the device) to return to the home screen.


Windows 8:

Step 1: Open your “Start” screen and go to “PC Settings” (note: you may want to use the search bar to find this option)
Step 2: Click “PC and Devices”
Step 3: Click “PC Info”
Step 4: On the right side of the window, click “Rename PC”
Step 5: When the window appears, type in a new name for your computer and then click “Next”.
Step 6: After the system verifies the change, you’ll need to restart in order for the changes to take effect.

Windows 7 and earlier:

Step 1: Click “Start”
Step 2: Right click “Computer” and select “Properties”
Step 3: Click “Change Settings” (located underneath Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings)
Step 4: Click “Change” where it says “Computer Name”
Step 5: Click “OK” to confirm the changes.


* Unfortunately, the Android operating system does not support this function.

I hope that this will help you locate who visited what on your accountability reports a bit easier.

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