How to Change Login Icon on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Changing the Login Icon on Mac

Have you ever wanted to personalize your Mac and make it truly your own? One way to do this is by changing the login icon.

This small tweak can make a big difference in how your Mac looks and feels. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of changing the login icon on your Mac, step by step.

Step 1: Find Your Desired Login Icon

The first step in changing the login icon is finding an image that you want to use. It could be a photo, a logo, or any other image that represents you or something you love. Make sure the image is in a format that Mac supports, such as PNG or JPEG.

Step 2: Convert Image to ICNS Format

Mac requires login icons to be in .icns format. If your image is not already in .icns format, you will need to convert it.

There are several online tools and software available for this purpose. Simply search for “image to icns converter” and choose one that suits your needs.

Step 3: Rename the ICNS File

Once you have your .icns file ready, rename it to “apple.icns”. This is important because Mac looks for a file with this specific name when it comes to login icons.

Step 4: Locate Your Current Login Icon

To change the login icon, you need to locate the current one on your Mac. Open Finder and navigate to “Applications” > “Utilities” > “Keychain”.

Once there, go to “Preferences” > “General”. Here you will find an option called “Show keychain status in menu bar”.

Step 5: Replace Current Login Icon

In the “General” preferences, you will see a small lock icon next to the “Show keychain status in menu bar” option. Click on this lock icon and enter your password to make changes.

Once unlocked, you will notice that the lock icon has changed. Right-click on the new lock icon and select “Open Keychain Access”.

In Keychain Access, go to “Keychains” > “login” in the sidebar. You will see a list of items in the main window.

Look for an item named “apple.loginwindow”. This is your current login icon.

Right-click on “apple.loginwindow” and select “Delete”. Confirm the deletion when prompted.

Now, navigate to where you saved your renamed .icns file (apple.icns) and drag it into Keychain Access. This will add the new login icon.

Step 6: Restart Your Mac

Finally, restart your Mac to apply the changes. After restarting, you should see your new login icon displayed on the login screen.


Changing the login icon on your Mac can be a fun way to personalize your device and make it unique to you. By following these steps, you can easily replace the default login icon with an image of your choice.

Remember to choose an image that represents something meaningful to you or simply reflects your personality. Enjoy customizing your Mac!

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