In Mavericks, how do you change the user account photo to something other than that gray silhouette?

I've searched for an answer to this question and it seems people figured it out in Mountain Lion and earlier, but not Mavericks as far as I can find. I'm using OS X 10.9.4. Thanks.

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The image is located at the following location. Change it and reboot.


GuestUser@2x.png is the image used for Retina displays

  • Note: System files (/System), should not be changed and can change with every OS X update. Aug 21, 2014 at 16:37
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    With this break any signing?
    – bot47
    Aug 21, 2014 at 21:52
  • Note: With recent versions of macOS (El Capitan and newer), you would need to disable System Integrity Protection first. If this is all you want to do, I wouldn't recommend the security tradeoff.
    – Tuesday
    Nov 15, 2016 at 21:57
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    @timothymh You can re-enable it after you've made the change.
    – grg
    Nov 15, 2016 at 21:57
  • @grgarside Ah, good call!
    – Tuesday
    Nov 15, 2016 at 22:00

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