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How To Change The Name of Your MacBook

Jan 11, 2018, 12:08:00 PM / by BaseQi

How To Change The Name of Your MacBook

When you first set up your MacBook, you were asked to create your own personal user account. It consisted of your full name, your account name, and your password. But what if, for whatever reason, you wanted to replace it with an entirely new one? Well, the good news is you can, and it’s a very easy process. Here’s how to do it.

Back up your MacBook first.


Modifying your full name or account may result in loss of access to some files because their permissions are tied to your previous user account. Save yourself from potential hassle by backing up all your data before changing your account details. This is where you can take advantage of Time Machine, your MacBook’s built-in backup feature.


Changing your full name


Just follow these instructions:


  • macOS X Sierra, El Capitan, and Yosemite

  1. Go to the Apple menu and select System Preferences.

  2. Select Users & Groups.

  3. Click on the padlock icon then type your name and password.

  4. Right-click on your username then select Advanced Options from the menu.

  5. Change your name on the field labeled “Full name”.

  6. Click on OK.

  • macOS X Mavericks and earlier

  1. Go to the Apple menu and select System Preferences.

  2. Select Users & Groups.

  3. Select your username from the list.

  4. Change your name on the field labeled “Full name”.

Changing your account name and home folder name.


Your account name (also known as your short name on a MacBook) is used to create your home folder, so your account name and your home folder name need to be identical.


  • macOS X Snow Leopard

  1. Log out of the account you want to change, then log in to your administrator account.

Take note that it needs to be different account than the one you’re renaming, so create another administrator if you must and just remove it after completing the process.

  1. Remember the name of the account you are about to change because it needs to be the same as that account’s home folder. If necessary, write it down on a piece of paper.

  2. Open your MacBook’s Terminal app. Look for it in your Applications folder.

  3. Enter this command exactly: sudo mv /Users/oldname /Users/newname

“Oldname” should be your account’s current name and “newname” should be the name you want to replace it with. Here’s an illustration:


Sudo mv /Users/joesmith /Users/smithjoe


  1. When prompted, type in your current administrator password and press Return.

  2. Go to the Apple menu and select System Preferences.

  3. Select Users & Groups then select Accounts.

  4. Click on the padlock icon. Enter your administrator name and password (the one you used to log in).

  5. Press Control and click on the account you want to change.

  6. Select Advanced Options from the menu.

  7. Change the field labeled “Account name” to match your new name (“joesmith” to “smithjoe”).

  8. Change the field labeled “Home directory” to match the new name (/Users/joesmith /Users/smithjoe)

  9. Click OK. Quit System Preferences.

  10. Restart your MacBook and log in as normal.

  • Any macOS version older than Snow Leopard.

  1. Log out of the account you want to change, then log in to your administrator account (same conditions apply)
  2. On your startup drive, go to the Users folder. This is where you’ll find the home folder of the account you want to rename.

  3. Rename the account’s home folder but remember both the old name and the new one. To make it easier, just write them down.

  4. Enter the administrator name and password you used to log in when prompted.

  5. Go to the Apple menu and select System Preferences.

  6. Click Users & Groups.

  7. Click on the padlock icon, and again enter the same administrator name and password.

  8. Right-click on the account that you want to change then select Advanced Options from the menu.

  9. Change the field labeled “Account name” to match the name you chose for your home folder. Your account name and home folder name must not contain any spaces.

  10. Change the field labeled “Home directory” to match the name you chose for your home folder.

  11. Click OK. Quit System Preferences.

  12. Restart your MacBook and log in as normal.

 

See, that wasn’t so hard, right? If you liked our blog, here are 2 more article recommendations for you. Here are 5 ways to use your MacBook more effectively. Here is an article on how to do a factory reset on your MacBook.

 

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