Did you know that users can change their MacOS user account name in Ventura? Sometimes change can be good. Maybe you bought a used device, or maybe you misspelled your name on accident. Regardless, changing your macOS user account is easy, but users should still take precautions.
Before you can change your user account name, you may need to complete additional steps beforehand. Make sure you read all of this before proceeding.
How to rename a macOS user account in Ventura
First of all, be warned that doing this incorrectly can damage your account. Doing this incorrectly can also prevent users from logging into their account again. To make things go smoothly, back up your device before moving forward.
Most importantly, your home folder and your macOS user account must be the same. You must have a second administrator account before you can change any names.
How to create a new administrator account
To create a second administrator account, follow these steps:
- Go to the Apple menu in the upper left corner and select System Preferences.
- Go to Users and Groups.
- Click Add Account.
You will be prompted to enter your administrator password.
- In this section, make sure the new account is set to Administrator and fill in the relevant information. Then select Create User.
Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to rename your home folder.
How to rename the admin home folder
To rename your home folder, follow these steps:
- Sign out of the account you’re naming. Go to the Apple menu and choose Sign Out.
This will close all apps and sign you out of your Apple account.
- Sign in to the other account you just created.
- From the startup drive, open the Users folder.
This contains folders for all users on your device. You can quickly find it from the Go section of the Finder menu. just use it Go to > Go to folder and enter “/users”.
- Once you find the folder, you can rename it.
Do not use spaces. Once done, you’ll be prompted to enter the administrator account name and password you used to sign in. It’s also worth noting that if you’re sharing a folder, you’ll need to unshare it to rename it.
Once this is done, you will now be able to change the name of your macOS account.
How to Change Your macOS Account Name
You must remain logged out of the account you are naming. In macOS Ventura, follow these steps to change your macOS account name:
Required time: 25 minutes.
Follow these steps to change your macOS user account name.
- Go to the Apple menu and select System Preferences.
- Go to Users and Groups from the sidebar.
- While holding down the Control key on your keyboard, click the name of the account you want to rename.
- Select “Advanced Options” from the menu.
- You will be prompted to enter your administrator username and password.
Enter the new account information, not the account you’re renaming.
- You will now update the “Username” field to match the name of the new home folder.
You can also change the “Full name” field. The Full Name field must not match the Username field. You can also use the name when logging in or making other changes that require a username and password.
- Users should also note that the username appears in the “Home directory” field.
Users will likely need to scroll down to see this field, but this name should also be changed. Rename the Home directory field to your new username, but make sure not to remove “/Users/” from the patch.
- Click OK.
You should then restart your Mac and sign in to the newly named account.
Again, make sure you have a backup of your system before doing this. It may also be easier to just create a new administrator account and work from there, but these steps will give you the tools to rename your macOS account and home folder.
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