How to change the MacBook name

Asya Karapetyan
Content marketer, who specializes in Mac how-to guides
March 25, 2024
7 minutes to read

Changing your computer name can be useful for personalizing your device, identifying it on a network, or transferring files to and from other devices. There are two main ways to change your MacBook’s name: the Mac name and the user name. This article will show you how to change the Mac and user names on your MacBook and explain when and why you might want to do so.

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  1. When to rename a MacBook
  2. How to change Mac name
  3. How to change the user name on Mac
  4. How to optimize Mac performance

Before we start

Before you learn how to rename your MacBook, you should also consider cleaning and optimizing your system performance. Over time, your Mac can accumulate a lot of junk files, cache, duplicates, and other unwanted data that can slow down your system and take up valuable disk space. To get rid of these files and boost your Mac speed, you can use a tool like MacCleaner Pro.

MacCleaner Pro is a powerful and easy-to-use app that scans your Mac for any junk and lets you delete it with one click. It also helps you manage your startup items, uninstall apps completely, find large and old files, and more. MacCleaner Pro lets you keep your computer clean, fast, and secure.


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When to rename a MacBook

If you own a MacBook, you may have wondered when and why you should rename it. This name usually consists of your first name and the model of your computer, such as “John’s MacBook Pro” or “Jane’s iMac.” The name of your Mac is not just a cosmetic feature but also affects how other devices and services recognize it.

One of the reasons why you may want to rename your Mac is to make it easier to find and connect with other Apple devices and services. For example, if you use Find My app to locate your device, you will see its name on the map. Similarly, if you use Bluetooth or AirDrop to share files or data with other Macs, iPhones, or iPads, you will see the name of your Mac on the list of available devices. Having a unique and descriptive name for your Mac can help you identify it quickly and avoid confusion.

Another reason you may want to change your computer name is to avoid confusion when you have multiple computers or share your device with someone else. Having different names for each can help you identify which one is which. For example, if you have a work and personal MacBook, you can name them accordingly and avoid mixing them up.

Also, when you rename a Mac computer, it makes your device more unique. You can use your favorite nickname, a funny phrase, or anything else that reflects who you are and what you like.

How to change Mac name

Whatever your motivation, changing your Mac name is a simple process that you can do in a few minutes. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Open System Settings.
  2. Click General in the left panel.
  3. Select About in the right panel.
  4. Under the device icon, you will see your Mac name. Double-click on it and type the new one.
System Settings window showing About MAc panel

If you have old versions of macOS, follow these steps:

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Click Sharing.
  3. Next to “Computer name,” enter the new name for your Mac.

Note that changing your computer’s name will affect how it appears on AirDrop, Find My, and other services. If you want to change your user account name and home folder name as well, you will need to follow a different procedure, which we’ll share below.

Steps to rename the Home folder

The home folder is where your personal files and settings are stored. It has the same name as your user account. To rename it, you need to do the following:

  1. Log in to the administrator account.
  2. From the menu bar in the Finder, click Go and select Go to Folder. Finder search panel
  3. Type /Users and press Return. The Users folder will open.
  4. In the Users folder, select the folder of the account that you want to rename. Then right-click on it and choose Rename in the context menu.
  5. Enter the new name. Don’t use any spaces.
  6. Confirm the action. Renaming Home folder

How to change the user name on Mac

Before you follow the guide below, note that changing the user name involves renaming your user account and your home folder, which can cause problems if done incorrectly. Make sure you have a backup of your data before proceeding. Then follow these steps:

  1. Open System Settings.
  2. Click Users & Groups in the left panel.
  3. Click the “i” icon next to the account you want to rename.
  4. Click OK, then restart your Mac and log in to the renamed account. Changing the user name

How to optimize Mac performance

If you want to optimize your Mac performance, you can use MacCleaner Pro, a powerful tool that can help you clean up your disk space, uninstall unwanted apps, manage startup items, and more. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Download and launch MacCleaner Pro.
  2. Click Clean Up in the sidebar. Note that you can also start with the Fast Cleanup feature displayed on the start window.
  3. Select all unneeded junk files, like caches, screenshots, files in the Trash bin, etc.
  4. Click Review and Clean Up and confirm deleting.
MacCleaner Pro showing the Clean Up section

If your system is running slow, you can use the Speed Up section to manage startup apps, and browser extensions, optimize RAM, quit heavy applications, and fix some more issues to optimize your system.

MacCleaner Pro is easy to use, reliable, and affordable. You can download a free trial version if you want to try it out.

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