How to Remove Users From Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Welcome to our tutorial on how to remove users from a Mac. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to safely remove user accounts from your Mac device. Whether you want to delete an unused account or simply clean up your system, this tutorial will provide you with all the necessary information.

Step 1: Accessing System Preferences

First, open the Apple menu by clicking on the Apple logo in the top left corner of your screen. From the dropdown menu, select “System Preferences”.

Step 2: Selecting Users & Groups

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the “Users & Groups” icon. This will open a new window displaying all user accounts on your Mac.

Removing Standard User Accounts:

If you wish to delete a standard user account, follow these steps:

  • Select the account you want to remove from the list of users.
  • Click on the padlock icon located at the bottom left corner of the window and enter your administrator password when prompted.
  • Press the “-” (minus) button below the list of users.
  • A confirmation dialog will appear asking if you want to delete the user account. Click on “Delete User” to proceed.

Removing Administrator Accounts:

If you want to remove an administrator account, please note that you cannot delete your own account while logged in as yourself. You will need another administrator account or root access.

  • Select an administrator account other than your own from the list of users.

Step 3: Confirming Deletion

After clicking “Delete User”, a final confirmation dialog will appear. This dialog will inform you that all user data associated with the account will be deleted permanently. Make sure you have backed up any important files before proceeding.

Note: System accounts, such as “Guest” and “Shared”, cannot be removed from this window. Removing these accounts may cause system issues or prevent other features from functioning correctly.


You have successfully removed a user account from your Mac. Repeat these steps for any additional accounts you wish to delete.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through the process of removing users from your Mac. Remember to exercise caution when deleting user accounts, as it can result in permanent data loss. If you have any further questions or need assistance, feel free to consult Apple’s official documentation or seek help from an authorized Apple service provider.

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