How to change the names of a user and Home Directory in macOS


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Many macOS customers study from expertise that it is a dangerous thought to simply rename a Mac consumer account. Sometimes customers search to make use of a nickname, a unique consumer begins utilizing the pc, or possibly a consumer decides she or he want to use a unique identify for his or her Home listing. Due to the best way permissions, file entry rights, and different operations run within the background, operations can go irrecoverably mistaken if an error is made. Here’s the method Apple recommends following when renaming a consumer and Home listing inside macOS.

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Begin by making a backup. It’s at all times a good suggestion to make sure you possess a whole, verified Time Machine backup earlier than making any vital system modifications. Changing the first consumer identify, or renaming the first Home listing, are two good examples. Make that backup, verify it, verify it is good, after which proceed.

Log in utilizing the administrator account, which should be a unique account than the account you want to rename. If you are altering the identify of the administrator account, if there isn’t any different admin account on the Mac, you should create a brand new admin account as a result of you possibly can’t rename an administrator account whilst you’re utilizing it.

Navigate to the Users folder on the startup drive. Within the Users folder you may discover the Home folder for the consumer account you search to rename—do not use any areas while you rename that account’s Home folder. I like to recommend writing down the previous and new names, simply to be protected.

macOS will immediate you to enter the administrator username and password. Do so, after which proceed.

Next, click on the Apple icon on the menu bar, choose System Preferences, and choose Users & Groups.

Click the padlock and enter an administrator username and password to allow making modifications.

Review the checklist of customers, after which control-click or right-click the consumer account you want to rename. Choose Advanced Options from the pop-up menu that seems.

Edit the Account Name (often known as the quick identify) area (Figure A) to match the brand new identify you gave the Home folder within the Users folder while you renamed it. Check your notes to verify you may have it right; once more, keep away from utilizing any areas when spelling the identify.

Figure A


The Advanced Options menu allows altering important account settings.

Edit the Home Directory area to match the brand new identify you supplied the Home folder inside the Users folder.

Click OK and shut System Preferences. Restart the machine, log in utilizing the renamed account, and confirm the previous Home Directory contents are current.

These similar steps additionally work for OS X El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion releases, by the way.

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If you want to change only a consumer’s full identify when utilizing macOS (or OS X El Capitan or Yosemite releases), click on the Apple menu. Then choose System Preferences and click on Users & Groups.

Click the padlock icon discovered within the decrease left nook of the window. Supply the administrator username and password to proceed.

Review the checklist of customers. Control-click or right-click the consumer account you want to rename.

From the pop-up menu that seems, click on Advanced Options.

Change the identify that seems inside the Full Name area. Review the identify rigorously for accuracy, and to keep away from confusion, make sure the identify does not match or too intently resemble a pre-existing account already current on the Mac.

Click OK.

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