How To Change the Name Of Your Mac

If you are looking to view or change the name of your Mac, it is important to note that this could mean different things. You can't change your Mac's model name, but you can change a name used in file sharing and in lists on your iCloud account. There is also the name of your local Mac user account, which can be changed although it is not recommended.


Comments: 5 Responses to “How To Change the Name Of Your Mac”

    Jonathan
    10 months ago

    Gary, thank you for the reminder as to how to do this. I have two MACs on my home network, a mini running Monterey, and an iMAC running Catalina, both with the same "names". I would often not receive messages on the iMAC. Because of your video, I have changed the name of the iMAC (which I should have done before) and hopefully now messages won't be lost. Hopefully you have helped me find the root of my issue, Apple support was never able to.

    Jim Noyes
    2 months ago

    Should I use Carbonite for backing up my mac. Also, to install it, Carbonite says I need to change the name of my mac (I.e. no spaces,. etc.) If Carbonite is a good idea, is it safe to change the name of my Mac and would it affect anything else?

    THANKS!!

    2 months ago

    Jim: Sure. I'd also use Time Machine so you have a local and a remote backup. As for changing the name of your Mac, I'm not sure how that is related to using Carbontie.

    Jim Noyes
    2 months ago

    This may better explain my question. Click on"installation fails at registering"

    https://support.carbonite.com/articles/Personal-Pro-Mac-Difficulty-Installing-Carbonite

    2 months ago

    Jim: Does your Sharing name conflict with Carbonite's requirements? If so, then why not change the name? There should be no problem in doing so. That's why it is an option.

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