I am using OS X Mavericks and when I boot the machine I only see the guest login.
When I log in as a guest everything functions correctly but I can't access my files.. I ran OSX utilities and all my drives were verified with no errors.

How do I find my accounts again?

  • Did you run the disk utility restore preferences?
    – Ruskes
    Commented Oct 17, 2014 at 22:38

2 Answers 2


When at the login screen showing just the Guest user hold down Option or alt and the right arrow key. It will populate more users if they exist.

If that doesn't work you can boot into either single user mode (guide to boot to single user) or Restore partition and open terminal.app and run this command:

defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow SHOWFULLNAME -bool yes

This will change the login window to be the name and password field. Then you can enter your username.



(not Opt+ like the first answer from Tron)

That will allow you to type the user name.

(Apple M1 Pro Ventura 13.5.2 (22G91))

My experience: I had just wiped MDM profiles using the profilesAreInstalled method via Remove a non-removable MDM profile from macOS without a complete wipe. And then enabled my "guest" along with a "standard" user. Something about non-admin users caused my next restart to only show "Guest User".

I thought I needed to go down the path of deleting my AppleSetupDone per Mac Doesn’t Have Admin Account in macOS Monterey or Big Sur? Here’s a Fix. But I think Opt+Return was all I ever needed to do!

  • @nohillside my answer is distinct: not opt + right_arrow like the first answer, but opt + return. Commented Sep 23, 2023 at 11:10

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