I upgraded my Mac air from Mojave to Big sur, but after the upgrade when I start the computer it will ask me to log in with the old Mojave login screen then it will proceed again to big sur login screen. There are two log in screens now in my laptop and I want to remove the old Mojave login.

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    I suspect one of them is either a firmware lock or a Filevault lock. Could you take photos of both & upload to your question (if it won't let you inline them, someone with higher rep will do that for you).
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 30, 2020 at 8:29

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Seems like somehow you're stuck at Mojave's Preboot environment.

With FileVault 2 on, the Preboot environment (the Mojave one that you see), instead of full-fat macOS, is booted first to ask you for your FileVault 2 password in order to decrypt your data and then, proceed to normal macOS startup procedure (when you see the Big Sur startup interface).

The strange thing is that the preboot environment itself should be upgraded along with your recent Big Sur installation, but wasn't. If you're using MacBook Air 2018 or later, T2's magic may be to blame.

The solution is: manually updating your preboot environment. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Enter macOS Recovery, and
    1. Install Big Sur again
    2. OR, if that still didn't work, turn off FileVault 2 and:
    • In macOS Utilities, open Terminal.
    • Run sudo diskutil list to get Preboot's identifier (usually disk1s3).
    • Run sudo diskutil apfs deleteVolume IDENTIFIER.
    • Install Big Sur again like in method 1.

Either way, your data should be unaffected. But be sure to make a backup in case something bad happens. Make sure to turn off FileVault 2 and wait for it to get fully decrypted before proceeding to recovery method 2.

  • Thank you! I was not able to turn off file vault so I ended up removing the partitions and install mac os again from scratch ;)
    – mboy
    Jan 12, 2021 at 10:06

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