How to Change Mac Computer Name

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Changing the name of your Mac computer is a straightforward process that can be done in just a few steps. Whether you want to personalize your device or simply update it with a new name, this tutorial will guide you through the process. So, let’s get started!

Step 1: Opening System Preferences
To begin, click on the Apple menu located in the top-left corner of your screen. From the drop-down menu, select “System Preferences.” Alternatively, you can use the shortcut by pressing Command + Spacebar to open Spotlight search and typing “System Preferences” before hitting Enter.

Step 2: Accessing Sharing Settings
Within System Preferences, locate and click on the “Sharing” icon. This will open the Sharing preferences pane.

Step 3: Changing Computer Name
In the Sharing preferences pane, you will find various sharing options for your Mac computer. At the top of this window, you will see the current name of your device next to “Computer Name.” To change it, simply click on the text field next to “Computer Name” and enter your desired new name.

Step 4: Applying Changes
Once you have entered your new computer name, close the Sharing preferences pane by clicking on the red close button in the top-left corner of this window. You will be prompted to apply changes; select “Apply” to save your new computer name.

That’s it! You have successfully changed the name of your Mac computer. The new name will now be displayed whenever you connect to other devices or join networks.

  • Tips:
    • If you are signed in with an administrator account, you might need to enter your password before making changes.
    • Avoid using special characters or spaces in your computer name, as it may cause compatibility issues with certain applications or services.
    • Changing your computer name will not affect your files, applications, or settings in any way.


In this tutorial, we have learned how to change the name of a Mac computer. By following these simple steps, you can easily personalize your device and make it more recognizable.

Remember to choose a name that reflects your personality or makes it easier for you to identify your device among others. Enjoy the process of customizing your Mac computer and make it truly yours!

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