How to Rename Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Renaming your Mac is a simple process that can be done in just a few steps. Whether you want to personalize your device or need to change the name for organizational purposes, this tutorial will guide you through the process. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Accessing System Preferences

To begin, open the Apple menu by clicking on the Apple logo located at the top-left corner of your screen. From the drop-down menu, select “System Preferences.”

Step 2: Opening Sharing Preferences

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the “Sharing” icon. This will open the Sharing preferences panel.

Step 3: Changing Computer Name

Within the Sharing preferences panel, you will see a field labeled “Computer Name.” The current name of your Mac will be displayed here. To rename your Mac, click on this field and type in your desired name.

Note: Make sure to choose a name that is unique and easily recognizable.

Step 4: Applying Changes

After entering the new name, close the Sharing preferences panel by clicking on the red “X” button at the top-left corner of the window. A pop-up message will appear asking if you want to apply changes to your computer name; click on “OK” to proceed.


  • Restart Your Mac: It is recommended to restart your Mac after changing its name for all changes to take effect properly.
  • Avoid Special Characters: When renaming your Mac, avoid using special characters or symbols as they may cause compatibility issues with certain applications or services.


Renaming your Mac is a straightforward process that can be done within the System Preferences. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can easily personalize your device or change its name for better organization. Remember to restart your Mac after making changes for them to take effect properly.

Now that you know how to rename your Mac, go ahead and give it a new identity!

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