How to Change User on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Changing user accounts on a Mac is a simple and straightforward process that can be done with just a few clicks. Whether you want to switch to a different user account or create a new one, this tutorial will guide you through the steps. Let’s get started!

Switching User Accounts

If you want to switch to a different user account without logging out of the current one, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple menu located on the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select “Log Out [current username]” from the drop-down menu.
  3. Enter your password when prompted.
  4. Select the user account you want to switch to from the list of available accounts.
  5. Click “Log In”.

This will log out your current user account and log in to the selected user account. It’s important to note that any unsaved work will be lost, so make sure to save your progress before switching accounts.

Create a New User Account

If you need to create a new user account on your Mac, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open System Preferences. You can do this by clicking on the Apple menu and selecting “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.
  2. Select “Users & Groups”.

    This option is represented by an icon with two Silhouettes.

  3. Click on the lock icon located at the bottom-left corner of the window. Enter your administrator password when prompted.
  4. Click on the “+” button below the list of user accounts.
  5. Fill in the necessary information for the new user account, including the full name, account name, password, and password hint.
  6. Choose an account type. You can select between “Standard” and “Administrator” depending on the privileges you want to assign to the user.
  7. Click “Create User”.

Your new user account is now created and ready to use. You can switch to the newly created account by following the steps mentioned in the previous section.

Delete a User Account

If you no longer need a specific user account on your Mac, you can delete it by following these steps:

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Click on the lock icon.
  3. Select the user account you want to delete from the list of accounts.
  4. Click on the “-” button below the list of user accounts.
  5. A confirmation dialog will appear asking if you want to save or delete the home folder of that user account.

    Choose your preferred option based on whether you want to keep or remove their files.

    • If you choose to save their files, they will be moved to a folder with their username in your /Users directory. You can manually delete this folder later if needed.
    • If you choose to delete their files, they will be permanently removed from your Mac.
  6. Click “Delete User”.

Be cautious while deleting a user account as it cannot be undone. Make sure to backup any important files before proceeding.

In Conclusion

Changing user accounts on a Mac is a simple process that can be done through the system preferences. Whether you need to switch between existing accounts or create a new one, following the steps outlined in this tutorial will help you accomplish the task with ease.

Just remember to save your work and backup any important files before making any changes to user accounts. Enjoy managing multiple user accounts on your Mac!

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