The Mac can be a very personal device, and like an iPhone or an iPad, we can change its name, whether it is a MacBook, an iMac or a Mac mini. By default, the name of your Mac will be “Mac from …” or “MacBook from …” and the username you have in your Apple ID, but this name can be changed at any time, just like the macOS username.
Changing the name of your Mac can make sense on many occasions, if you want to access it remotely or if you want to send something by AirDrop, the name that will appear will be the one you have given it.
Something you may also want to do is change the username with which you access your session in macOS. This is a bit more complicated but it can also be done. Let’s see how you can change the name of your Mac and your session in just a few minutes.
Where can I change the name of my Mac?
The truth is that the steps to change the name of a Mac are quite simple, you just have to know where to look. Renaming a MacBook Pro, a MacBook Air, an iMad or any other Mac is done as follows:
- Go into System Preferences. You can do it from the Dock icon, by clicking on the apple above or from the Launchpad where all the apps are ordered.
- In System Preferences, go to Sharing, it has a folder icon.
Computer name appears above, type the name you want to give your Mac.
Remember that you can put any name, it is not necessary to put “MacBook of …” or “iMac of …” you can call it whatever you want. Once you finish, click on the back icon on the top left.
How to change your username on a Mac
Changing your macOS username means changing the name of your session. On Macs, we can have several sessions with different users if there are several of us who use the computer.
If you want to know what your username is on Mac, you should know that it is the one that appears when you turn on the computer, before entering your login password.
This name can also be changed, but you must be the administrator of the Mac. To do so, follow these steps:
- As before, enter System Preferences in the way you prefer.
- Now enter the Users and groups section.
- At the bottom left you will see a padlock, you must click on it.
- Enter the password for the system administrator.
- In the list of users on the left, right-click on the username you want to change.
- Click on Advanced Options.
- Change the macOS username where it says Full Name.
- Click OK.
You should know that this change could damage the account, Apple warns us in this window. We don’t really know what the reason is, but it happens on some occasions. However, it is normal that nothing happens when changing the username of a session in macOS. Your Mac will restart and the session name will have changed.
How to put my name on the Mac toolbar
There is a little trick so that your macOS username appears in the menu bar of your Mac. It is a quick way to know which session is started, in fact by pressing you can quickly switch sessions. This is how you can do it:
- As always, the first thing is to go into System Preferences.
- Enter the Dock and Menu Bar.
- In the left zone, scroll down to Quick User Change.
- Activate Show in the menu bar.
- Now go back to the main System Preferences menu.
- Go to Users and groups.
- Click on the Padlock below, enter the password and then click on Startup options.
- In Show user, quick-change menu as, click on the drop-down and on Full name
Hopefully, with these steps, you have been able to personalize your Mac a bit more by changing its name or username to log in. Also, with this trick, you can put it in the menu bar.