How to Change Name on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Changing your name on a Mac is a simple process that can be done in a few easy steps. Whether you recently got married or just want to update your personal information, this tutorial will guide you through the process. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To change your name on a Mac, first, click on the Apple menu located at the top-left corner of your screen. From the drop-down menu, select “System Preferences”.

Step 2: Access Users & Groups

In the System Preferences window, find and click on the “Users & Groups” icon. It is usually represented by two people.

Step 3: Unlock the Settings

In the bottom left corner of the Users & Groups window, you will see a lock icon. Click on it and enter your administrator password when prompted. This will allow you to make changes to user settings.

Step 4: Select Your User Account

In the left-hand sidebar of the Users & Groups window, you will see a list of user accounts on your Mac. Select the account for which you want to change the name by clicking on it once.

Step 5: Change Your Name

After selecting your user account, click on the “Full Name” field located below your account picture. This is where you can change your name.

Note: You can also change other personal information such as account picture or password from this window.

Step 6: Save Changes and Restart

Once you have entered your new name, click outside of the Full Name field to save changes automatically. You can now close System Preferences and restart your Mac for the changes to take effect.

Additional Notes:

If you are using macOS Mojave or later, your new name will be reflected across all apps and services. However, some older apps or services may still display your old name until you sign out and sign back in.


  • If you are unable to change your name or the Full Name field is grayed out, make sure you have unlocked the settings using your administrator password.
  • If you recently changed your Apple ID email address, it may take some time for the changes to propagate across all devices and services.


Changing your name on a Mac is a straightforward process that can be done through the System Preferences. Remember to save your changes and restart your Mac for them to take effect. Enjoy using your updated name across all apps and services!

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