I use my Apple ID on both a MacBook Pro (for work) and an iMac (at home). Here is the screenshot of my ID in System Preferences on my MBP.

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It looks fine.

However my son at home had done a certain thing on the iMac with the ID and this problem appears:

In AirDrop on other Mac PCs, I see the following:

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The user name is somehow changed to my son's name.

I have tried

1) login/logout of the iCloud account

2) resetting the profile picture.

But it was unable to reset the name. Everything else seems ok - I can AirDrop files to and from the iMac without a problem.

How can I fix this issue? Where does AirDrop pick up the name other than from my iCloud settings?

  • Besides the incorrect name is everything working ok? That is, can files be transferred just fine via AirDrop? Both to and from the iMac?
    – Monomeeth
    Oct 17, 2017 at 0:23
  • Yup. I can’t even get my pictures to sync either, so there’s clearly some split happening on a per device basis. There is no functional breakage, but it’s a little irritating to not be able to control your name or icon.
    – bmike
    Oct 17, 2017 at 0:27
  • @Monomeeth The airdrop functionality is ok Oct 17, 2017 at 0:41
  • Check the name under the Users & Groups System Preference pane.
    – user71659
    Oct 17, 2017 at 1:26
  • it only shows my login i.e. not my name. Also the picture there is inconsistent yet again with my icloud settings Oct 17, 2017 at 2:41

2 Answers 2


Try opening Sharing under System Preferences, then change the name there. It should change your AirDrop name.


System Preferences → Users and Groups → Contacts Card: Open, and edit the name.

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