How to Change Admin Name on MacBook Pro

When you first get your MacBook Pro there are a series of steps you go through to set everything up.

If you just bought your first MacBook, you probably remember the process as you first turn the computer on and the OS walked you through a couple of steps to get things personalized. One of these initial setup steps is creating an Admin name for your computer which is basically the name and folder for the owner of the device.

If you ever need to change your Admin Name for whatever reason, it is easy to do after learning the steps involved. The Admin name is obviously short for administrator and refers to whoever is in control of the computer.

Having access to this name and the account setup gives you access to certain key features on the computer and allows you to make important changes that require a password.

What is an Admin Name?

When you turn on your MacBook Pro there is a login screen that comes up where you enter your username and password to gain access to the computer.

This is a part of the Admin name that is known as the ‘full name’ and is simply your user name and password that you set up when first getting your computer. There is also the ‘account name’ aspect of an Admin name that refers to files and folders specific to the main administrator.

Changing just the full name on your MacBook is straightforward and easy while changing the account name associated with your Admin name takes a few more steps. Regardless of what you are trying to change, the steps below will walk you through what it takes to make this happen.

How to Change Admin Name

Before you begin the process of changing your Admin name, it’s a good idea to back up the data on your computer.

This is not a drastic change to your computer and should not result in any loss of important files, but anytime you make a change on the backend of your operating system, it’s a good idea to back up your computer.

You can back things up to an external hard drive using Time Machine or make copies in the cloud.

Changing Admin Full Name

Changing the Admin full name is really easy and only takes a few steps. You can complete this task from the main account on your MacBook or any administrator accounts that are set up on it.

  1. Go to the Apple menu in the top left corner of the screen.
  2. Click on System Preferences.
  3. Click on Users & Groups.
  4. Click the Padlock symbol on the lower left-hand corner of this dialogue box.
  5. Enter the Username and Password.
  6. Control Click on the name you wish to change.
  7. Click Advanced Options.
  8. Change the name in the ‘full name’ field to whatever new name you choose.

Changing Admin Account Name

The process for changing the Admin Account Name is a little more involved than simply changing the full name.

In nearly all recent versions of macOS, you have to log into a different administrator account than the one you want to change in order to complete this task. If there are no other Admin accounts setup on your computer, you have to create one in order to make the change. It sounds complicated but just follow these steps:

  1. Open your Finder.
  2. Click on Go from the menu on the top of your screen.
  3. Click on Go to Folder and then you’ll see a window pop up like this:
  4. Then type Users into this dialogue box to find the Users folder.
  5. Locate the folder of the name you want to change and write this down as well as the name you want to change this folder to.
  6. Change the folder’s name to the new name.
  7. Enter current Admin name and password when prompted to do so.
  8. Go to the Apple menu at the top left of your computer screen.
  9. Click on System Preferences.
  10. Click on Users & Groups.
  11. Click the Padlock symbol on the lower left of this box.
  12. Enter current username and password.
  13. Control Click the name you want to change.
  14. Click Advanced Options.
  15. Change ‘account name’ to the new name that you created the new folder for in step 6.
  16. Change the ‘home directory’ to this new name as well.
  17. Click OK.
  18. Restart your MacBook Pro to complete the changes.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, the process for an Admin name change is slightly complicated but overall, not too difficult to complete.

This is an easy task to do yourself if you have the need to and by following the steps above, you can quickly make the changes permanent. Remember to back up your computer or any important files specifically so you don’t risk losing them in case something goes wrong when making these changes.

Have you ever changed the Admin name on your MacBook Pro? Why did you make the change?

5 thoughts on “How to Change Admin Name on MacBook Pro”

  1. Thank you verymuch. I had to stream my screen so I really needed to change the name appears on the top right of the screen. This article saved me 😀

  2. I followed this procedure and it required a restart. I restarted the computer, and it turned on as a completely new computer. That’s right, everything was wiped out. Thank goodness I had a backup hard disk. I curse the apple programmers and their ancestry and descendants who made it impossible to change the user name. Everything, (documents, pictures, files) on my computer is all mine but the main user is still under someone else, who is a family member, who owned the oriignal iMac from which I copied some files. This is infuriating.


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