Easy: How to Change the Name of Your MacBook

What to Know

  • To change your MacBook name, open System Settings, click General, select About, then type in the new name.
  • There's no limit to the number of times you can change your MacBook's name.
  • Changing your MacBook's name can provide easy recognition for AirDrop or Bluetooth connections and has security benefits if you're out in public.

When you purchase a computer, Apple automatically assigns your device [YOUR NAME]'s [DEVICE TYPE] as its default name. But whether you want a silly name for your friends to see when AirDropping you photos, or having your name displayed when people can see your device makes you uncomfortable, changing your Mac's name is sometimes a must.

How to Rename a MacBook or Other Mac

For more handy Mac customization tips, sign up for our free Tip of the Day Newsletter. The steps below are for macOS Ventura, but if your Mac has older software, you'll begin by opening System Preferences instead of System Settings. Here's how to rename your Mac:

  1. To change your Mac's name, click the Apple menu in the top left corner and select System Settings.

    Click on the Apple menu and then System Settings changing computer name mac
  2. Click the General tab on the side menu.

    click general how to change name of macbook
  3. Click About.

    click about change name on mac computer
  4. Cick the field that says Name, highlight your Mac's current name, then type a new one.

    click on the Name field how to rename macbook
  5. When you're done, your new name will appear in the Name field. It will save automatically when you close the window.

    click out when you're done change macbook name

And there you have it! As far as I've discovered, there isn't any limit on how many times you can change your Mac's name. You also don't have to wait a certain amount of time between names changes, so don't stress if your first choice isn't perfect.

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Amy Spitzfaden Both

Amy Spitzfaden-Both is the Managing Editor for iPhone Life magazine and an award-winning novelist, with over 10 years of experience in the publishing industry. She specializes in Apple news and rumors, health and fitness tech, and parenting in the digital age. She graduated from MIU with a BA in Literature and Writing.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.