How to Set Lock Screen on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Setting the Lock Screen on Mac: A Step-by-Step Guide

Are you looking to secure your Mac while you’re away? One effective way to do this is by setting up a lock screen.

This feature adds an extra layer of protection, ensuring that only authorized users can access your device. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of setting the lock screen on your Mac.

Step 1: Accessing System Preferences

To begin, click on the Apple menu located at the top-left corner of your screen. From the drop-down menu, select “System Preferences.” Alternatively, you can use the Spotlight search (press Command + Space) and type “System Preferences” to quickly access it.

Step 2: Choosing Security & Privacy

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on “Security & Privacy.” This option is represented by a padlock icon.

Step 3: Unlocking Security & Privacy

If necessary, click on the padlock icon at the bottom-left corner of the window to unlock it. You will be prompted to enter your administrator password.

Note: Only users with administrative privileges can make changes in this section.

Step 4: Enabling Lock Screen

After unlocking Security & Privacy preferences, navigate to the “General” tab if it’s not already selected. Look for an option labeled “Require password [insert time frame] after sleep or screen saver begins” and check the box next to it.

Note: The time frame determines how long your Mac should be idle before it requires a password upon waking up or when exiting the screensaver mode.

Customizing Lock Screen Options

You can further customize lock screen options by clicking on “Advanced” located at the bottom-right corner of the General tab. Here, you can choose to display a message or a login window when the screen is locked.

Step 5: Locking Your Mac

Now that you have enabled the lock screen feature, you can manually lock your Mac whenever needed. There are multiple ways to do this:

  • Option 1: Press Command + Control + Q simultaneously.
  • Option 2: Click on the Apple menu and select “Lock Screen. “
  • Option 3: Use the Hot Corner feature.

    To set it up, go back to System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Screen Saver > Hot Corners. Assign one of the corners to “Put Display to Sleep.” Then, simply move your cursor to that corner to lock your screen.

Note: As soon as your Mac is locked, it will require a password to unlock and gain access again.


You have successfully set up a lock screen on your Mac. This added security measure will protect your data and ensure that only authorized users can access your device. Remember to take advantage of additional features available in Security & Privacy preferences for further customization.

We hope this tutorial was helpful! If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to reach out.

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