There is a ~1 second delay every time I input my password to unlock the Mac, regardless if it is correct or not. I'd like to turn this off, or at least reduce it. How can I do this?

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    This just sounds like normal behavior to be honest, especially if the machine is a bit older. There is no setting to change that as far as I know
    – X_841
    Dec 7, 2020 at 12:52
  • @X_841 That should probably be an answer!
    – grg
    Dec 7, 2020 at 14:01

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This sounds like normal behavior to me, especially if the machine is a bit older.

As far as I know, there is no setting you can change to speed this up.

I can confirm that on a solid 2017 15" MBP there is a ~0.5 seconds "wait" time after hitting enter and the screen unlocking. But this not only varies from machine to machine, but especially from the programs that are running and if you have multiple monitors connected.

What you could try, but IMO is not worth it, make a clean install (preferably on an external SSD) with just one sample user with no other programs installed and check if you still have the delay.

  • If the answer is yes, then it's definitely normal behavior
  • If the answer is no, you might want to look into programs that are continuously running in the background, which could impact general performance.

In general though, I suspect investigating this (IMO) non-issue will take you more time than "waiting" one second every unlock.

  • Thanks for the answer, @X_841! Sorry, I haven't logged on recently so I couldn't see this until now Jan 16, 2021 at 7:09

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