My user name does not appear on the login screen. There are two users and only one is shown.

Is there any way to see the other user or some user name input box instead of selection?

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    If you log in with the only user shown, and then log out again (just log out, no restart), do you then see both users?
    – nohillside
    Commented Jan 12, 2019 at 7:37

3 Answers 3


Try this:

Press the Down arrow on the keyboard to highlight any user (make sure the password entry box is NOT open.)

Press Option + Return on the keyboard.

This should bring up the username and password fields on the login screen.

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If you have FileVault enabled this can also be due to the fact that the user has not being enabled to unlock the disk.

This can be sorted out by going to the System Preferences > Security & Privacy > FileVault and if you see "Some users are not able to unlock the disk" then click on the Enable Users.. button and enable the users you want:

Screenshot of the Security & Privacy preferences pane with the FireVault tab selected and a message at the bottom of the window saying 'Some users are not able to unlock the disk.' next to a button to 'Enable Users...'


Edit (from the comment "How can I change when I am not able to login")

If you can't login with the only user available on the interface, I presume you don't know the password?

If so, you may try the following to set a new one:

  1. Reboot in single user mode (press cmd + s while rebooting)
  2. type ls -l /Users to list your user accounts

Then, with replacing username and new_password accordingly:

/sbin/fsck -fy
/sbin/mount -uw /
launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.opendirectoryd.plist
dscl . -passwd /Users/username new_password

Or, another option, if you have a MacOS install disk:

Start with your install disk (reboot with Alt, go to Terminal from the top menu, and type resetpassword.

Original answer

  1. Go to "System Preferences" > "Users & Groups"
  2. Click on the Lock at the bottom left (to unlock changes).
  3. Click "Login Options"
  4. Select "Name and password" instead of "List of users"

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However, if you can't login with "List of users", chances are you won't be able to login with "Name and password" option either.

You may check your user accounts on that same panel for examination.

  • How can I change when I am not able to login. Commented Jan 12, 2019 at 9:13
  • @ShashwatKumar Ok I didn't get that. I updated my answer.
    – Yoric
    Commented Jan 12, 2019 at 10:53

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