How to Remove a User From Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

How to Remove a User From Mac

Removing a user from your Mac is a straightforward process that can be done through the System Preferences. Whether you want to delete an old user account or simply remove someone who no longer needs access to your Mac, follow the steps below to ensure a smooth and secure removal.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To begin, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can also access System Preferences through the Dock or Launchpad.

Step 2: Select 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 on your Mac.

Step 3: Authenticate as an Administrator

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

Step 4: Select User Account for Removal

Once authenticated, you will see a list of user accounts on the left-hand side of the Users & Groups window. Select the user account you want to remove by clicking on it.

Step 5: Click on Minus (-) Button

With the desired user account selected, click on the minus (-) button located at the bottom of the list of users. A confirmation dialog will appear asking if you want to delete their home folder.

If you wish to completely remove all data associated with this user account, select “Delete the home folder” and click on “Delete User.”

Note: If you want to keep the user’s home folder, make sure to back up any important files before proceeding with the removal. Once a user is deleted, their data cannot be recovered.

Step 6: Confirm Removal

After confirming the deletion of the user account and their home folder, macOS will begin removing the account from your Mac. The time it takes will depend on the amount of data associated with that account.

Step 7: Restart Your Mac (Optional)

Once the removal process is complete, you have the option to restart your Mac. Although not necessary, restarting can help ensure that all changes take effect properly and that any remaining temporary files associated with the deleted user are cleared.

That’s it! You have successfully removed a user from your Mac.

By following these steps, you can keep your system organized and secure by removing unnecessary or outdated accounts.


Removing a user from your Mac is a simple process that can be done through System Preferences. Remember to back up any important files before deleting a user account, as their data cannot be recovered once removed.

By regularly managing user accounts, you can keep your Mac running smoothly and securely.

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