After I upgraded from Catalina to Big Sur 11.2 on a 2019 iMac, the login screen no longer displays my username but instead the Username and Password prompts.

I have List of users selected in Users & Group and I do not have FileVault enabled.

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How do I get macOS to display my username again?


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Have you tried deliberately selecting the Name and password option in System Preferences > Users & Groups, rebooting, then re-selecting the List of users option, and then rebooting again?

In my experience, some munged-up preferences files (.plists) can be 'fixed' in this manner.

  • The “make it wrong, reboot to clear system state, then make it correct right after reboot” will demonstrate preference file and database corruption very effectively. +1
    – bmike
    Commented Jan 26, 2021 at 12:35
  • When this doesn't work, there's always the 'nuke the .plist file' method, but that can be problematical with SIP enabled.
    – IconDaemon
    Commented Jan 26, 2021 at 13:44
  • Thanks to both of you. This solved the issue for me. Commented Jan 26, 2021 at 15:24

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