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 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…

Step 2: Click on Sharing.

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

change name of mac

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