How to change your Mac computer’s name

By , Aug 8, 2014

Mac OS X Tips

While working on a series of post about Find My iPhone recently, I realized that my iMac didn’t have a specific name attached to it. When in Find My iPhone, it would just show up saying “Unknown.”. I wasn’t sure how that happened, but I knew I wanted to have a proper name for it, just so I could recognize it easily when using AirDrop, or simply when looking for it on the local network.

The steps to set or change a Mac’s name are quick and easy, but I figured that if you already know how to do it, maybe this post will be a reminder for you to check that your Mac has indeed been attributed a name. If not, I’ll show you how to do just that…

How to change the name of your Mac

Step 1: In the Menu bar, go to  > System Preferences…

Menu bar system preferences

Step 2: Click on Sharing.

System Preferences sharing selected

Step 3: In the Computer Name box, type in the name you want to use for your computer.

System Preferences sharing

Step 4: Close the window, and you’re done.

As always, feel free to ask if you have any question.

See also: How to rename your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

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  • 1Mr_Styler

    What bout how to change the user name?

    • http://R0Fleming.tumblr.com/ R0Fleming

      The actual username (which can be seen when using Terminal), cannot be changed. If you want to change the visible name (shown on the login screen), it is usually linked to your contact. Changing your name in Contacts can usually change the login screen name if your user account and contact are linked.

  • James Gunaca

    Any way to change what it says in Find My Mac but keep it look the same on my corporate network so the IT department doesn’t make me keep it something like SFA063LMAT. That’s hideous naming…

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      Not that I know of

      • bashir

        its airdrop on yosemite compatible with iOS 7

      • http://djterm.de/ Robo Term

        AirDrop is part of iOS 7.

  • aw81

    Screw the know it all haters, these articles are great.

    • Jonathan

      I’m a tech geek, and even I didn’t know this. So keep ‘em coming iDB!

      • http://qub3x.tumblr.com Qubex_

        *clap clap clap* i agree! :D

  • http://R0Fleming.tumblr.com/ R0Fleming

    I don’t get why Apple decided to put the computer name setting there, rather than in the General section or the System Information window.

    • https://twitter.com/aidanharris1 Aidan Harris

      It kind of makes sense since the name in the ‘sharing’ section is what is shown on your network and the sharing section contains everything you choose to share on a network.

    • http://qub3x.tumblr.com Qubex_

      It’s just the name you see if you share something on the mac.