When you buy a second-hand Mac or MacBook Pro from a previous owner or you’ve inherited it from someone, you would naturally want to start personalizing your system. The first thing you’d want to do is change the admin name.
Luckily, the process for changing the name of the administrator account is really simple. Since the launch of the Mac OS X Leopard in 2007, the change of the short username and Home folder name is reasonably easy. Before Leopard, the process of changing the short username was risky.
Before we go into the steps of changing the admin name on Mac, let’s first clear the air as to what exactly is the admin name.
The admin name comes up on the login screen when entering your username and password to access your computer. It’s the label that is above the administrator password field. It’s the part of the Admin name also known as the ‘full name’, which is your username and password that you put when you first set up your Mac.
The other part of the Admin name is the ‘account name’ or the name of the ‘administrator account’, which refers to files and folders specific to the main administrator.
Changing the full name on your Mac is pretty straightforward; however, changing the account name associated with your Admin name requires a few more steps.
Below, we’ll walk you through the process of changing the full name and the account name on Mac.
You can change the Admin full name on Mac from the main account or any administrator accounts that are set up on it.
The process of changing the Account name on a Mac is a bit more involved than changing the full name.
This is because you need to log into a different administrator account than the one you want to change or create a new administrator account if you don’t have another one on Mac to be able to change the Admin Account name.
If it sounds complicated, just follow the steps below:
Afterwards, repeat the steps above on changing the Admin full name on Mac.
If you don’t have another admin account, this is how to create a new one:
Now that you know how to change the Admin Full name and Admin Account name on Mac, you may find it useful to read about how to lock your camera on MacBook and how to activate the Mac scroll bar up and down arrows.