Change the username on your Mac

It is possible to change the username on your Mac to something else – perhaps because you’ve changed your name, inherited someone else Mac, or due to a misspelling. Here’s how to change a Mac username and the associated Home directory name

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Your Mac username appears in both the ‘Start‘ folder and the user account. This name is created on the basis of the full name given by you when you (or the administrator) created the account for the first time.

There are a number of reasons why you want to change your MAC username: You chose a name long ago that was not your real name and now you are looking for something more serious, you did wrong without realizing your name Or you want to like it, use your full name instead of the short name that you had chosen in your day.

For whatever reason, it is possible to change your Mac’s username since Apple launched Mac OS X Leopard in 2007. Since then it is a simple task, which can be excluded from ‘System Preferences‘.

However, you still will get some limitations like:

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  • The name of the ‘libraries‘ folder must match the name you entered. So if you expect to put a more comic name in that folder, but you have a more formal name as the user name, then you can not do this.
  • Despite being a simple task, there is always the risk of changing something that you do not want to change, so we recommend to make a backup first.
  • To make this change, you will need to log in to a different account, so you may need to create this new account (administrator) first.
  • If you need to create a new administrator account, follow these steps:
  1. Open ‘System Preferences> Users and Groups‘.
  2. In the lower left corner, click the icon as a padlock and enter your password.
  3. Click on the ‘+‘ symbol.
  4. Change the new account to ‘Administrator‘.

Change the Mac username

Changing your user’s name is easy (assuming you have administrator privileges). However, you will see a warning (this scares you so much) that will tell you that changing the settings can harm your account and it will be difficult to log in for you.

You must follow the steps given below to change the user name:

  1. Open ‘System Preferences‘.
  2. Click on ‘Users and Groups‘, and then on the padlock icon in the lower left. You have to enter your password.
  3. Then click the right button on the user account whose name you want to change.
  4. Click on the only option that will appear: ‘Advanced Options

5. Change the name in the ‘Full Name’ field.

6. Restart the computer so that the changes are saved correctly.

These steps will change your username, but not the name that appears in the ‘Start’ folder. And as the message warns, the account could be damaged and complicate the ability to log in normally.

We were able to make the changes without problems, although upon logging in again, the process took a few more seconds of the account (probably because the device was assimilating the new information).

Rename the ‘Start’ folder of your Mac or MacBook

Changing the name that appears in the ‘Start‘ folder is somewhat more complicated. These are the steps you will have to follow:

1. Click on the Apple logo and sign out of the account whose name you want to change.

2. Log in with the administrator account (different from the one you want to modify). If you do not have another administrator account, read the previous sections to learn how to create a new administrator account.

3. Go to the ‘Users’ folder. To find it you can click on ‘Finder> Macintosh HD’.

4. Open the ‘Users‘ folder. Inside you will find the shortcut of the ‘Home’ folder that you wish to modify.

5. Click on the folder and on ‘Rename‘. Write the new name, but remember to write down the name you are replacing as you will need it later.

6. You will have to enter the password of the administrator account you are using to save the changes.

Change your username

After changing the name of the folder ‘Start’, you will have to change the username or you will have problems since both need to match so that everything works correctly.

You will also have to change the name that appears in the field that shows the location of the ‘Start‘ folder. To carry out this process, follow the steps proposed below:

1. Open ‘System Preferences> Users and Groups’.

2. Click on the padlock icon and enter the password for the administrator account you are using.

3. From the list of users, right click on the name of the account you wish to modify.

4. Select ‘Advanced Options’.

5. Change the field of ‘Account name‘. Write exactly the same name you put in the ‘Start‘ folder.

6. Next, you have to change the name in ‘Login directory‘. Behind ‘/ Users / Gonzalez’ delete the name ‘Gonzalez‘ and write the new one you have chosen. For example, if you have chosen ‘Piquer‘, you will have to type ‘/ Users / Piquer‘.

7. Click on ‘Accept‘.

8. Close ‘System Preferences‘.

9. Restart the Mac.

.10. Sign in to the account whose name you just changed.

If you have a problem logging in, check that the account name and directory are the same. Otherwise, everything should work correctly with your modified Mac account name.


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