How to Change the Admin Name on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Changing the admin name on your Mac can be a helpful step when you want to personalize your user account or improve security measures. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the process of changing the admin name on your Mac, using simple and easy-to-follow steps.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To begin, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select System Preferences.

Step 2: Select Users & Groups

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the Users & Groups icon. This will open a new window with all the user accounts listed on your Mac.

Step 3: Unlock the User Accounts

In order to make changes to user accounts, you need to unlock them by clicking on the lock icon in the bottom-left corner of the Users & Groups window. You will be prompted to enter your administrator password.

Step 4: Select Your Admin Account

Once you have unlocked the user accounts, select your admin account from the list on the left side of the window. The selected account will be highlighted.

Step 5: Change Your Admin Name

To change your admin name, click on the Show details button located below the list of user accounts.

A new section will appear with all your account information. Click on your current admin name and it will become editable. Type in your desired new admin name.


The new admin name should be unique and easily identifiable to avoid any confusion later on.

Step 6: Save Your Changes

After typing in your new admin name, click on the Save button located at the bottom-right corner of the window. Your admin name will be updated immediately.

Step 7: Restart Your Mac

Finally, to ensure that all changes take effect, it is recommended to restart your Mac. Click on the Apple menu and select Restart..

Congratulations! You have successfully changed the admin name on your Mac. Going forward, use your new admin name when logging in or performing administrative tasks.


If you are using any services that rely on your old admin name, such as File Sharing or Remote Login, you may need to update those settings accordingly.

Remember, changing the admin name does not affect your data or files. It only changes how your account is displayed and recognized by the system.

  • Tips:
  • If you have multiple user accounts on your Mac, make sure to choose unique names for each one to avoid any confusion.
  • Always use a strong password to protect your user account and prevent unauthorized access.
  • If you ever forget your administrator password, refer to Apple’s official support documentation for instructions on how to reset it.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through the process of changing the admin name on your Mac. By personalizing your user account, you can make it more comfortable and uniquely yours!

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