I've been struggling with the following problem:

I am writing something in German during the day, therefore I change my keyboard layout to their QWERTZ style. When I lock the screen or close my MBP it somehow locks the keyboard style as well.

When I come back and try to type my password, no success. My password has a certain special symbol that cannot be typed on the US keyboard using German layout.

I try the shortcut to change layout and nothing happens. At the top of the screen I can't see the flags either.

Is there a way to change keyboard layout on the Lock Screen?

Everytime this happens I have to reset the computer using the power button, which is bad to my open applications.

1 Answer 1


Go to System Preferences > Users & Groups.

Click Login Options. Check the box next to Show Input menu in login window

You will then see a keyboard icon when your screen is locked.

Command + Click the keyboard icon should allow you to change the input.


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