How to Delete User From Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

How to Delete User From Mac

Managing user accounts on your Mac is an important aspect of maintaining security and organization. At times, you may need to delete a user account for various reasons such as when someone leaves your organization or when you want to remove an account that is no longer needed.

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of deleting a user from your Mac, ensuring that you can do so efficiently and effectively.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To begin, click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, you can find the System Preferences icon in your Dock and click on it.

Step 2: Access Users & Groups

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the “Users & Groups” icon. This will open a new window where you can manage user accounts.

Step 3: Authenticate as an Administrator

To make changes to user accounts, you need to authenticate as an administrator. Click on the lock icon in the bottom-left corner of the window and enter your administrator username and password when prompted.


If you do not have administrator privileges, you will not be able to delete user accounts. Ensure that you are logged in with an administrator account or contact your system administrator for assistance.

Step 4: Select User Account for Deletion

In the left-hand sidebar of the Users & Groups window, you will see a list of all user accounts on your Mac. Select the account that you want to delete by clicking on it once.


Exercise caution when selecting the user account for deletion. Once deleted, all data associated with the account will be permanently removed from your Mac.

Step 5: Click on the Minus (-) Button

After selecting the user account, click on the minus (-) button located at the bottom of the user list. A confirmation dialog will appear, asking if you want to delete the selected account.

Step 6: Confirm Deletion

Read through the confirmation dialog carefully to ensure that you have selected the correct user account. If you are certain, click on “Delete User” to proceed with the deletion.


Deleting a user account will permanently remove all data associated with that account, including files, documents, and preferences. Make sure to back up any important data before proceeding.

Step 7: Complete Deletion Process

Once you have confirmed the deletion, macOS will begin removing the user account and associated data from your Mac. This process may take some time depending on the amount of data being deleted.

Once completed, you will be returned to the Users & Groups window.

Step 8: Restart Your Mac (Optional)

After deleting a user account, it is recommended to restart your Mac to ensure that all changes take effect properly. You can do this by clicking on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen and selecting “Restart” from the dropdown menu.

Congratulations! You have successfully deleted a user from your Mac using System Preferences. By following these steps, you can efficiently manage your user accounts and maintain security on your Mac.

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