Questions tagged [login]

The process of identifying and/or authenticating a user to grant access to a computer, server, or website.

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How to resolve OneDrive connection issues?

I have been having trouble with OneDrive on MBA M1 with macOS Big Sur v11.2.1 (even with the version of macOS MBA was shipped to me). I have to login in again and again to make it work. It will ...
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Report a problem Access Denied: We were not able to either validate credentials or authorize current action

This is what I get when trying to log in to my Report-a-problem account with Apple. After a complete two-step verification on my Mac (password correct then got the verification code appear on my ...
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Quick way to exit terminal login attempt

Bash login will usually give three attempts before giving back the prompt. Sometimes it will give many more - like today which were infinite. Using control-c didn't abort that process it just entered ...
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Screen bug after startup - BigSur 11.1

This issue is only happening at startup (right after I put the password); it does not happen if the Mac was sleeping. My hardware/software: MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013) running macOS Big ...
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Location of historical 'last' command data (wtmp)

I can run last myusername and it will show all login information myusername console Fri Feb 5 09:06 still logged in myusername console Thu Feb 4 17:55 - 18:...
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SecurtiyAgent process offload work to SecurityAgentHelper

Projects like Nomad-login (or nowadays Jamf-connect) use to modify the mechanism list in system.login.console authorizationRight. I see that non-privileged mechanisms runs by SecurityAgent process, ...
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Is it possible to apply screen sizing settings and background to the first boot screen of Mac OS?

I am currently using Macbook Pro 2015 13" with Mojave due to lack of audio capabilities of new gen updates. Whenever I boot my device, the screen settings are different then what I set on the ...
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Login screen will not show list of users

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 &...
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Change the default keyboard input when logging into macOS Big Sur

Since upgrading to Big Sur, my default keyboard input during the login screen is always 'U.S.'. I need to manually switch it to 'French'. Is there a way for me to set 'French' as defaut? In fact, I do ...
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Strange behavior after a scheduled shutdown

On my Mac Mini running Catalina I've set it to shutdown each night at 10:30PM, which it does without problem. However, on booting by hand the next day the screen is extremely unresponsive to the ...
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Simulate user login using command-line utilities

Sometimes, I need to create a login session (create windowserver instance, run login items / launchagents) of an admin user, because a lot of software cannot be run under root (but can be run as ...
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Does OS X Yosemite tell you if you got your password wrong?

I just had, for no apparent reason, every Apple device decide that my iCloud account was faulty and I needed to re-sign-in on every device. The first device I logged back into gave me "the third ...
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connect to LDAP account using smartcard (PKINIT) - can user matching ignore case sensitivity?

For smartcard login, my certificate contain UPN which is lowercase formatted (i.e. user123). However, in DC its capitalized (i.e. User123). The login fails with the following log (taken from log show) ...
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How do I force my Mac to log in to an account remotely?

It’s possible to restart a Mac from the command line (sudo shutdown -r now). It’s possible to log out from a Mac from the command line (sudo pkill loginwindow). But is it possible to force a Mac to ...
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Pop-up Appears then dissapears at MacOS Boot: Do you want the application “mediasharingd” to accept incoming network connections?

I'm running MacOS Catalina 10.15.7 (19H114) on a Macbook Pro 11,3 15" mid 2014. Every time I log into my Mac, after about 5 seconds, I get a popup that says... Do you want the application "...
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Setting preference for com.apple.loginwindow to disable auto login in managed system

I was setting disable autologin manually using the following command defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow DisableFDEAutoLogin -bool YES. However, it didn’t read this new attribute ...
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Mysterious login/password woes after migrating to Catalina

After migrating to Catalina, login after restart and after change-user feature different users/passwords, please help! I recently set up my new Airbook laptop with a fresh MacOS 10.15.7 and used the ...
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macOS Big Sur YubiKey Login Freezing

Issue After upgrading to macOS Big Sur's update on 11/19/20, the login screen freezes intermittently, after entering the YubiKey login pin, requiring the MacBook Pro to be shut down completely and ...
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How do I reduce the delay when unlocking my Mac?

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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Option to unlock fileVault without password

For regular login using loginWindow, there's a way to use SmartCard instead of typing a password. I was wondering if it's also possible to unlock the fileVault using the same mechanism or any other ...
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How do I auto connect to wifi upon reboot without logging in again?

I am currently running macOS Big Sur on a 2016 mbp. I would like for the wifi to automatically connect whenever I reboot. I'd like for this to happen because I SSH into the machine when the laptop lid ...
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Macos login from terminal (Terminal/iTerm) takes long time with high CPU

When I open the terminal (iTerm/Terminal), login process consumes %100 cpu and waits for 1-2 minutes before the shell appears. I have been googling for some time, I tried to remove asl files, reset ...
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Where is opendirectory/accounts/login information stored on macos

I have encountered this problem of slow login (How can I debug an extremely slow login?), and have not found a solution. However, this phenomenon does not exist if I boot up into a fresh system. Since ...
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How to secure Mac laptop while it is running processes such as wget, or some local node.js apps?

I would like my computer to continue running processes until they're done. I typically just keep my laptop on, but if I leave turn it off. How can I leave though and secure it (like log off or ...
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How can I debug an extremely slow login?

Recently, I poured water onto the keyboard of my MacBook 2017 (4 thunderbolt), and I forced shutdown it. After letting it dry for two weeks, I opened it and everything seems to work. It also passes ...
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How to change the keyboard language (two languages setup) at login screen on Macbook Air 13?

During login I had two keyboard language options which appeared on the right top corner which I could choose. After reboot, I lost them. How can I get those two keyboard language options again? I ...
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Can't seem to auto-fill username and password in Fluid.app webapp

I would like to use fluidapp.com to make a webapp for me to auto-login to uptodate.com. I've used (and still use) fluidapp for my email and other websites and it saves my password so I don't have to ...
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accessing data on a broken macbook pro

I have a MacBook Pro 13" (2017) which is not displaying any info on the screen. It's more than a broken screen. There's a problem with the logic board. I'd like to sell it for parts, but I'm ...
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MacOS High Sierra VSCode “Writing login information to the keychain failed with error 'UNIX[No such file or directory]'.”

MacOS High Sierra 10.13.6 with new install of VSCode 1.50.0 Attempt to "Sign-in to Sync Settings" web/browser-based SSO redirects to Microsoft and/or Github browser login login fails - ...
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Temporarily halt logins while launchd is running a timed script

I have a launchd triggered timed script that checks if a user is not logged in and runs a one-time folder clean-up operation when they’re not. The script is fast, but I still don’t want the user ...
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SSH Bypass Google 2FA When On The Same Network

Because of a few different applications I need to use, I need to be able to bypass Google's 2 Factor Authentication pam.d module when an SSH connection is coming from the same network. There is very ...
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How to change a MacBook's “main” login/user?

I got a new (reconditioned by Apple) MacBook for my girlfriend. When it arrived, I went through the setup process and created my account, and then created her account afterwards. Both have admin ...
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How can I change the private relay email used in Sign In With Apple?

I am developing an app and implementing Sign In With Apple, logging in/out removing Apple ID and signing in again. I noticed that the relay email is always the same. Is there a way to reset the relay ...
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Login AD account from loginwindow

I've just binded my machine (running Mojave) to new AD server and would like to login to an existing AD account, but all I get is a tilted password record (indicator that occur once password is ...
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Manage family macOS logins

I have a family with many macOS devices. Originally I set these up with an admin user with the same username and password on all devices, and I used this to admin parental controls on them. This has ...
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How can I know on which device I get Apple verification code?

I have one Mac, two iPhones, and 2 iPads. There are 4 Apple accounts used on those devices, with some of them switching to each other. It is also common that on some device the system and App Store ...
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how to return to lock screen after switching user

This seems such a simple thing, I can't believe I can't work out how to do it or find the solution on the net. My partner's MACbook Pro (running 10.15) laptop was on the lock screen, and I stupidly ...
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Change Catalina login screen password prompt retries

When I login to Catalina, having fat fingers, I quite often mistype my password. Then up pops an unhelpful box saying "If you forgot your password, you can ...". I haven't forgotten my ...
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Log into Mac Mini with unpaired Bluetooth keyboard and mouse

Can I pair a new Bluetooth keyboard or mouse when I try to log into Catalina, when no other input device is available? Here is my situation: I have a MacMini with Catalina installed. It works ...
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Accessing files on a macbook pro

My boyfriend died in a violent hit and run. All of his photos are on his macbook pro laptop. His iphone is locked with a pin code and his computer is locked with a password or a recovery key. His ...
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Is there way to force apps to start in specific order at login?

Like everyone else, I've got a few apps that start automatically when I login. Some of these connect to the Internet. I'm using a VPN consistently, and some of these apps boot up and login before my ...
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Why do I see this installation screen upon logging in?

I logged into my Mac and the progress bar went about half way when the screen blacked out, another loading progress bar showed up, after which this showed up (see image). What's going on?
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Login Screen Before OS Loads?

I have verbose mode turned on always so I can see if a kernel panic or some error happens. After having it on for a few times, I started to notice that most of the boot was happening after the login. ...
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Mac OS disable shutdown prevention when user is logged in

At our office, there are tons of different users who use the same Macs running High Sierra over the course of a day. Unfortunately, sometimes people forget to log out after they've used those ...
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Mac being hacked? Failed login attempts not by me

A couple days ago I opened my MacBook Pro (2015) and it didn’t ask for the password and automatically opened up to my desktop. This shouldn’t have happened since I set my Mac to ask for password 5 ...
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How can I disable macOS pre-selecting an account on the login screen?

I would like to type in my username and password whenever I boot my Macbook. However, when I boot, it automatically selects my username and asks me to type in my password. Can I change this behaviour ...
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How can I enable unlocking my Mac Mini while sharing the screen?

For reasons I can only guess are somehow related to security, it is not possible to unlock macOS with an Apple Watch if you're viewing the screen over the network rather than over a dedicated monitor ...
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macOS briefly falls back to console after login

A few days ago, my 2018 MacBook Air entered console mode after logging in: and then switches back to graphical mode (full video here). I didn't install any system updates. I didn't see anything in ...
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“Setting up your Mac…” at every login (10.15.5)

Every time I log into my Mac, I see the desktop/dock, then the "Setting up your Mac" screen appears over the top of the desktop. After a few seconds, previously launched applications start ...
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Add a user that only has access to computer via ssh

I'd like to have a user on my local computer to only have access via ssh. I don't want (don't need) this user to have the ability to login in to the laptop as a standard user. The only purpose for ...

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