How to Change Administrator on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Changing the administrator on your Mac can be a useful task, especially if you need to transfer ownership or delegate administrative responsibilities. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps of changing the administrator on your Mac using simple and straightforward methods.

Step 1: Accessing System Preferences

To begin, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen. From the drop-down menu, select “System Preferences”.

Alternatively, you can also access System Preferences by clicking on its icon in the Dock.

Step 2: User & Groups

Within System Preferences, locate and click on “Users & Groups”. This option is represented by an icon featuring two people.

Step 3: Authenticate as Administrator

In the Users & Groups window, you will see a list of user accounts on your Mac. To make changes to these accounts, click on the lock icon in the bottom-left corner of the window. You will be prompted to enter your administrator username and password.

Once you’ve entered this information and authenticated yourself as an administrator, continue to the next step.

Step 4: Adding a New Administrator Account

To add a new administrator account, click on the “+” button below the list of user accounts. A new window labeled “New Account” will appear.

In this window, fill in all necessary information for the new administrator account. This includes their full name, account name (short name), password, and password hint.

Make sure to select “Administrator” from the dropdown menu labeled “New Account” under “Account Type”.

Once all information has been entered correctly, click on “Create User” to create the new administrator account.

Step 5: Switching Administrators

To switch to the newly created administrator account, log out of your current account by clicking on the Apple menu and selecting “Log Out [Your Username]”.

After logging out, you will be presented with a login screen. Select the newly created administrator account, enter its password, and click “Log In” to switch to this new account.


It’s important to keep in mind that switching administrators will affect access to certain files and applications. Be sure to transfer any necessary files or data from the previous administrator account before making the switch.


Changing the administrator on your Mac is a relatively simple process that can be accomplished through System Preferences. By following these steps, you can add a new administrator account and switch between different administrative roles as needed.

Remember, it’s always important to exercise caution when making changes to administrative accounts or transferring ownership on your Mac. Double-check all information entered and ensure that you have appropriate authorization before proceeding.

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