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How to change the name of your Mac computer in 4 steps, so that it’s easier to find on your local network and AirDrop

You might want to change your Mac‘s name so that it’s easier to find on your local network, which can be useful for things like AirDrop. Changing your Mac‘s name can also make your computer feel more customized to your preferences. The name you assign will also be your Mac computer’s hostname for devices that use Apple‘s Bonjour networking technology. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Every Mac computer has a name. Your Mac‘s name can be important for transferring files, such as through AirDrop, or for finding it on your local network. It’s easy to add or change the name of your Mac using a few steps. Check out the products mentioned in this article: MacBook Pro (From $1,299.99 at Best Buy) Why should you change the name of your Mac? There are several reasons why you might want to change the name of your Mac. If your computer is a hand-me-down, it might have the name of the previous owner on it and you probably want to change it to your name. If your Mac has a non-descriptive name such as “computer” or no name at all, it may be hard to find it when you want to send or share files. If you have more than one computer, each should have a name that clearly identifies it so that you can tell them apart. You might do this by naming them for the model, such as “MacBook Air,” “iMac,” etc. You might want to add your name, to differentiate your computer from others in your home that belong to other users. If multiple computers on your network have the same name, Apple will automatically add a number to the end of the name. Best practice, however, is to give each Mac its own unique name. How to change the name of your Mac It’s ridiculously easy to change the name of your Mac – once you know where to look, that is.1. Click on the Apple icon on the upper left corner of your Mac screen. Select System Preferences from the dropdown menu.Foto: Select “System Preferences…” from the dropdown menu.sourceLaura McCamy/Business Insider2. In the System Preferences window, select the blue “Sharing” folder.Foto: Select the blue “Sharing” folder.sourceLaura McCamy/Business Insider3. In the “Sharing” window, simply click into the text box next to “Computer Name” at the top and enter your new computer name.Foto: Type in the new name for your Mac in the text box.sourceLaura McCamy/Business Insider4. Once you exit the Sharing window, your computer’s hostname will automatically change to match your new computer name. The hostname is an address (your-Mac.local) that devices equipped with Apple’s Bonjour networking software use to recognize and connect to your computer. You can manually edit your hostname by clicking the Edit button under the Computer Name field.Foto: Click the “Edit…” button to change your Mac’s hostname.sourceLaura McCamy/Business InsiderThe hostname must contain only letters and dashes. If you manually edit the hostname, it won’t change when you change your computer name. However, you don’t need to worry about this. Your printers and other devices should be able to communicate seamlessly with your Mac, even if you change its name several times. Related coverage from How To Do Everything: Tech: How to find downloads on your Mac computer in 3 ways How to delete downloads on your Mac to free up space and help your computer run more efficiently How to connect your Mac computer to a Bluetooth speaker for streaming audio How to forget a Wi-Fi network on your Mac, so your computer stops automatically connecting to it The post How to change the name of your Mac computer in 4 steps, so that it’s easier to find on your local network and AirDrop appeared first on Business Insider Nederland.
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