How to Change Your Home Folder Name

How to Change Your Home Folder Name

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These are instructions on how to change your Mac OS X Home folder name or Mac OS X user short name.

Each user in Mac OS X has a full "Name" and a "Short Name" as defined in the Users pane of System Preferences. The short name can contain up to 255 lowercase characters with no spaces (or up to 8 character in Mac OS X 10.1.5 or earlier). This is the name used to create a user's home directory (also known as the user's Home or Home folder) in the Users folder.

If you try to change your Short Name in the Accounts (or Users) pane of System Preferences, it may be dimmed and you cannot change it. You must follow the instructions below to change it.

Step One
Launch Directory Utility from the Applications:Utilities folder.
How to Change Your Home Folder Name

Step Two
Click the Lock icon at the bottom left of the Directory Utility window
How to Change Your Home Folder Name

How to Change Your Home Folder Name

Step Three
When prompted enter your administrator name and password then click the OK button.
How to Change Your Home Folder Name

Step Four
Click to select Enable Root User from the Edit menu.
How to Change Your Home Folder Name

Step Five
Directory Utility will ask you to input a password for the root user. Enter the new password then click the OK button.
How to Change Your Home Folder Name

Step Six
Select Log Out ... from the Apple menu at the top left of your screen.
How to Change Your Home Folder Name

Step Seven
Log back in as root with the password you just created.

Step Eight
Open a new Finder window from the dock.
How to Change Your Home Folder Name

Step Nine
Select your Mac OS X drive from the list of device on the left of the Finder window.
How to Change Your Home Folder Name

Step Ten
Open the Users folder.
How to Change Your Home Folder Name

Step Eleven
In the users directory you will see a folder with the same name as the Home folder you would like to change. Select the folder then press Enter to change the name. Rename it to your desired Home folder name.
How to Change Your Home Folder Name

How to Change Your Home Folder Name

Step Twelve
Select System Preferences from the Apple menu at the top left of the screen.
How to Change Your Home Folder Name

Step Thirteen
Click to select Accounts from the System Preferences window.
How to Change Your Home Folder Name

How to Change Your Home Folder Name

Step Fourteen
Click the + button at the bottom left of the screen to create a new user account.
How to Change Your Home Folder Name

How to Change Your Home Folder Name

Step Fifteen
Enter the information you would like for your user account making sure the Short Name is the same as your desired new Home folder name. Click the Create Account button to continue.
How to Change Your Home Folder Name

Step Sixteen
A popup will appear informing you that a folder in the Users folder already has the name you inputed. Click the OK button to continue.
How to Change Your Home Folder Name

How to Change Your Home Folder Name

Step Seventeen
Select Log Out... from the Apple menu at the top left of the screen.
How to Change Your Home Folder Name

Step Eighteen
You can now log in as the new user you just created.

Step Nineteen
Select System Preferences... from the Apple menu.
How to Change Your Home Folder Name

Step Twenty
Select Accounts from the System Preferences window.
How to Change Your Home Folder Name

Step Twenty One
Click the Lock icon at the bottom left of the screen.
How to Change Your Home Folder Name

How to Change Your Home Folder Name

Step Twenty Two
When prompted enter your administrative name and password then click the OK button.
How to Change Your Home Folder Name

Step Twenty Three
Select your old user account then click the - button to remove it.
How to Change Your Home Folder Name

Step Twenty Four
When prompted to confirm if you want to delete the old user account click the OK button.
How to Change Your Home Folder Name

How to Change Your Home Folder Name

Step Twenty Five
Launch Directory Utility from the Applications:Utilities folder.
How to Change Your Home Folder Name

How to Change Your Home Folder Name

Step Twenty Six
Select Disable Root User from the Edit menu.
How to Change Your Home Folder Name


You now have successfully changed your Mac OS X home folder name!
anon - July 10, 2013 at 2:28am
I have a major problem and I would like help solving it. I followed steps 1 - 20, then I decided to just log off and log on with my original user...none of my files are there, none of my photos, it seems to be my old account because it has the same picture (as the original did). This is ridiculous. I need help trying to restore all my files and pictures and everything else. Please reply at your earliest convenience. Please.
walnut - February 20, 2013 at 10:54pm
thank you! i've managed it! very helpful! the only thing you forgot to mention is to stick the "allow user to administer this computer" point on the new created account.
Suhailyosuf - January 28, 2013 at 5:05pm
Goooooos
shir - January 12, 2013 at 7:31pm
omg you totally ruined my users. it's all messed up right now :(((((( it didn't change my home folder name and just erased everything that was on my mac. I don't know what to do :\
anon - July 10, 2013 at 2:59am
Did you recover your files? the same thing just happened to me, I want to die!
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