My mid-2015 MacBook Pro (Sierra 10.12.2) skips the login screen when waking from sleep, it goes straight to my desktop.

I have my System Preferences set to require my password 1 minute after being put to sleep but it doesn't seem to be working.

Anyone have an idea of what the problem might be?

  • I have seen the same problem on my mid-2014 15" mbp after update to sierra 10.12.2. – ken2s0 Jan 13 '17 at 17:22

Not sure if you set it in the correct place, but the setting should be at:

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Security & Privacy, then click General.
  2. Select “Require password… after sleep or screen saver begins.”
  3. Click the pop-up menu and choose the time that passes before a password is required.

Source: OS X Yosemite: Require a password after waking your Mac

System Preferences screenshot

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  • OP already said they have "set to require my password 1 minute after being put to sleep but it doesn't seem to be working". – grg Dec 28 '16 at 12:51
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    Instead of 1 minute, try out "immediately after sleep". Does it work? – howdytom Dec 28 '16 at 12:54
  • That seems to work if I put the mac to sleep and try to start it up again immediately after but if I leave it sleeping for any extended period of time and come back to it, it'll open to my desktop again and skip the login page. – user3029918 Dec 29 '16 at 11:54
  • I thought it may have been bluetooth related so I also unchecked the "Allow Bluetooth devices to wake this computer" option in the System Preferences but not luck there either! – user3029918 Dec 29 '16 at 11:58
  • Is it modifiable from command line? – Łukasz Rogalski Nov 15 '17 at 6:50

I found that I was able to fix this problem on 10.12.6 using the following steps:

  1. Set "Require password" to "immediately".
  2. Lock the screen or put the machine to sleep.
  3. Set "Require password" back to your preferred time delay (1 minute).
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Steps I did to make laptop lock as intended.

  1. Require Password > Immediately
  2. Apply and close that setting window, quit "Settings"
  3. Unplug USB device before initiating Lock
  4. In my case it was a USB Headset that was preventing Lock
  5. Enjoy computer being locked.
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    Thank you! In my case it was not the usb but regular earphone in audio jack. I removed earphone, locked the machine and it was asking password. Now even there is one attached it works as expected. – artuc Apr 30 '18 at 7:41

OS X High Sierra

  1.  menu > System Prefrences > Users & Groups
  2. Click Login options at the bottom of the sidebar
  3. Settings might be disabled. Unlock them (by clicking the lock at the bottom) to make changes.
  4. After unlocking, set Automatic login to "Off"

Settings Login Options Enable settings Turn off Auto login

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