How to Change Icon on Mac Login

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to change the icon on your Mac login screen. If you’re tired of seeing the same old icon every time you start up your Mac, this guide is for you. In this article, I’ll walk you through the steps to customize your login screen icon and give it a fresh new look.

Step 1: Find an Icon

The first step is to find an icon that you want to use for your login screen. There are a few ways you can do this:

  • Search online: Look for websites that offer free or paid icons. There are many resources available with a wide variety of icons to choose from.
  • Create your own: If you have design skills, you can create your own icon using software like Adobe Photoshop or Sketch.
  • Browse system icons: Your Mac already has a collection of built-in icons that you can use. These can be found in the “CoreTypes.bundle” file located in the System Library folder.

Step 2: Prepare Your Icon

Once you have an icon that you want to use, make sure it meets the following requirements:

  • File format: The icon should be in .icns format. If it’s not, you can convert it using online converters or software like Image2icon.
  • Size: The recommended size for a login screen icon is 512×512 pixels.

Step 3: Replace the Default Icon

To replace the default login screen icon on your Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Open Finder: Click on the Finder icon in your Mac’s dock.
  2. Go to the Applications folder: In the left sidebar of the Finder window, click on “Applications”.
  3. Find System Preferences: Scroll down until you find “System Preferences” and double-click on it to open.
  4. Select Users & Groups: In the System Preferences window, click on the “Users & Groups” icon.
  5. Unlock the settings: If the padlock icon at the bottom left corner of the window is locked, click on it and enter your administrator password to unlock it.
  6. Select your user account: In the sidebar of the Users & Groups window, select your user account.
  7. Select a picture: Click on your current login screen picture to open a dropdown menu.
  8. Select “Edit Picture..”: From the dropdown menu, choose “Edit Picture.”
  9. Browse for your new icon: In the Edit Picture window, click on the “+” button to browse for your new icon. Select your .icns file and click “Choose”.
  10. Crop and adjust: Resize and position your icon as desired using the cropping tool.

    When you’re satisfied with how it looks, click “Set. “

Congratulations! You have successfully changed your login screen icon. The next time you start up your Mac, you will see your new custom icon welcoming you.


If you’re having trouble changing your login screen icon, here are a few things you can try:

  • Restart your Mac: Sometimes a simple restart can resolve any issues.
  • Double-check the icon format and size: Make sure your icon is in .icns format and the correct size.
  • Ensure proper permissions: Verify that you have the necessary permissions to make changes to your user account settings.

This concludes our tutorial on how to change the icon on your Mac login screen. I hope you found this guide helpful in personalizing your Mac experience. Enjoy!

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