How to Change the Name of Your Mac – Tutorial


Here's how you can change the name of your iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, Mac mini or MacBook Air in a few easy steps.

Give Your Mac a new Computer Name on a Network by Following a Few Simple Steps

Whenever your set up your Mac for the first time, it is given a name. If you are not content with it, for any reason at all, then you will be pleased to learn that you can change it right away without any sort of effort at all. This name is used to identify your computer on a network or how other users see it. Still, let's jump into the process and get you up to speed.

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1. Click on the Apple icon in the menu bar.

2. Now click on System Preferences. You can also open System Preferences from the Launchpad or Dock if you so wish.

3. Once here, look for an option called Sharing. Open it up once found.

4. Right at the top you will see a field for 'Computer Name.' It will display the current name of your device, which is of course, changeable. Enter a new name right here and close the window once done.

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If you are looking to edit the name of your computer on a local subnet, then click on the Edit button next to the name, and set whatever you like. Once done, click on OK.

That's all there is to it. You have now changed the name of your Mac, and it will be identified henceforth on a network using the newly assigned credentials.

It's probably a good idea to change the name of your computer if you happen to be a on large network where there are multiple people with the same name as yours. Giving your Mac a unique name will not only make things easy for you, but for others as well.

Using this option, you can assign yourself a name which isn't too obvious on a network either. Admit it, while you are sitting on an open network, it's best to not put your device's model as its name. Give it something a little more obscure. How about 'Windows 10 PC' for a start? I'm sure you understand where I'm going with this.

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