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

  • 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).

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.
  • 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

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