I have an MacBook Air with the OS Catalina installed. I need to change my admin account to a Standard User account.So how would you change a account from Administrator to a Standard account by using Recovery or Single User Mode, while not creating another admin account.

  • Answer updated. If you are looking for ways to remove all admin accounts from a Mac, please add some details about which problem you want to solve with this.
    – nohillside
    Dec 9, 2019 at 12:08
  • @nohillsideOn my macbook Air, There are two administrator accounts I am looking to delete only one of them. Dec 9, 2019 at 12:15
  • See the answer below then :-)
    – nohillside
    Dec 9, 2019 at 12:16

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You don't need to use Recovery/Single User mode for this.

  • If you don't have a new admin account yet, create one in System Preferences->Users & Groups
  • Log out of the current account (the one you want to switch from admin to standard)
  • Log in with another admin account
  • Open System Preferences->Users & Groups, select the old account and untick "User can administer the computer"

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