How To Change Your MacBook’s Name

When I first set up my MacBook Air and tried to AirDrop some files from my iPhone, it’s name was actually the first name I used when I signed up for an Apple ID. So I thought that’s the way it should be and that you could never change your MacBook’s name into something cool. I was wrong!

While I was looking for ways to connect my Mac to my network printer, I stumbled upon an option in System Preferences that allows users to actually change the name of the device. That’s what I’m going to show you in this post. So, if you’re one of the people who still don’t know how to change their MacBook’s name, then this article might help.

Changing MacBook’s Name

Time Needed : 4 minutes

One of the important things why you need to change the name of your Mac into something other than the default name is that when transferring files and there’s a bunch of devices nearby, it would be a lot easier to find a familiar name. So, follow these steps to change your MacBook’s name.

  1. Click the Apple logo on the upper-left corner of the screen.

    For new Apple users, the logo serves as the Start button on Windows computers, but there’s actually just a few things you can find when you click it.
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  2. Choose System Preferences.

    change your macbook's name preferences

  3. Find Sharing and click on it.

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  4. This is the screen where you can change the name of your MacBook.

    So, choose a name that you can easily recognize.
    change your macbook's name field

Tools
  • MacOS Catalina
Materials
  • Apple MacBook

Once the name is changed, the new name will be the one to show when you AirDrop files from you iOS devices to your MacBook.

Questions & Answers

How long should a Mac name be?

I think Apple allows about 60 characters. I tried typing random characters into the name field and it reached up to 80% of the field. So, you can actually use a very long MacBook name if you want because a 60-character name is never short.

I can’t seem to find a save button when I change the name, do I need to save it?

No. After typing the name you want in the field, you can close the window and it will take effect immediately. You don’t need to save it or reboot your MacBook just to use a new name.

Will my connection drop if I change the name of my Mac?

No. Your MacBook’s connection will not be affected regardless of how many times you change the name of your device.

If I changed the name of my MacBook, is that the name I can see if I connect to it via Bluetooth?

Yes. Once the name is changed successfully, the new name will be the one to show when you connect your other devices to your Mac.

And that’s pretty much it, guys!

I hope that this simple tutorial has been able to help you change your MacBook’s name.

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