Questions tagged [user-account]

User accounts facilitate different agents and settings on a computer. User accounts have a login name and a password, along with a home directory on the filesystem.

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Prevent ‚Screen Time‘ on MacOS from including screen time of other user accounts

I have two accounts on my MacBook with Catalina 10.15.5: a private account (with my private appleID) a work account (without any appleID) I have activated screen time on my work account, but not on ...
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How to delete empty deleted user home folder? [duplicate]

I have a deleted user home folder in the "Users" folder that does not contain anything and cannot be deleted. Can anybody suggest any ideas?
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Who is user3439894 ? I want to thank him/her for https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/235794/283681 in real life [migrated]

I found this mystery user in our community very intriguing, after looking at his/her stats. Contributions since 21st Feb 2015 and especially this one. I see recent activity too, so kindly reach out at ...
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Delete Users and Separate User and Groups

I am using a Mac for both personal and work and want to keep them separate as I can. I think a good solution would be for me to have 2 users -- a personal and work user -- but the only problem is when ...
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How to clear Trash after deleting old user profiles on macOS Catalina?

I probably did something that I was not supposed to do and now I ran into some kind of problem. I deleted two old user accounts from my Mac inside System Preferences to get some space back. However ...
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The file system shows there is a user, “_mysql”, that I cannot “su” as root. What is basically going on so I can get mysqld running again

The following shell command sequence makes me realize I don't understand something very basic about how user and group accounts works on MacOS: /tmp$ whoami jondoe /tmp$ cd /usr/local/mysql/data /usr/...
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Security benefit of using a 'standard' user account? [duplicate]

As the sole user of my macbook, are there any security benefits of using a standard user account for day-to-day usage and entering in the admin password if needed? I have found years old, inconclusive,...
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Installing brew in terminal while logged in as standard user—why is admin owner of files?

Logged in as a standard user. Using the following terminal command to install brew: /bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install.sh)" It ...
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icloud - removing previous connected apple devices and disconnecting it from account

Context Last year I got rid of two old Macs (one running macOS Catalina and the other with macOS Sierra, both were formatted in an attempt to reuse them for Linux). In the process I removed them from ...
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Delete user account - High Sierra - 10.13.2

I have, since I bought my device second hand, an account that was created by the seller. I want to remove it but can't. I have removed the admin capabilities of this account but still the "-"...
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Is it safe to delete the original admin user after creating a new one?

I have a MBP running Mojave that I got from a colleague. It's got a single user account, let's say "John", and that user is an administrator account. I don't want John's account, I want my ...
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Apple Private Email Relay address - can I use it to request password reset?

Recently I have used an Apple Private Email Relay address to sign up with an app in order to hide my own email address. Everything went well and I purchased the subscription. Now I want to use the ...
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MAC Pro has a cloned hd but with a new username account, old username was deleted. I need the old username not to be offered in username field

I have a MAC Pro that has a cloned hd but with a new username account. We removed the old username account, but new apps automatically fill in the username prompt with the old username. How do I get ...
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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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Suppress sound for other logged in users?

If I have two users logged in, the desktop is only shown for the active user, but the sounds from apps on the inactive user's session are still heard. I want to not hear those sounds. What should I ...
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Migration Assistant, rsync, cp and Catalina: How to copy everything in `/Users`

So I just got a brand new 13" MBP and I started with the migration assistant, but it doesn't copy enough from the ~/Library folder. For example, I'm missing my Apple Notes from that machine and ...
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Deleted user content by accident

I was trying to empty the trash from terminal because Xcode was stuck in it, but I accidentally removed the trash from the path and ran sudo rm -rf ~/ I thought for a moment i was changing the ...
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How to see root user processes in Activity Monitor?

I am wondering how to show the root user processes in Activity Monitor. On my mac, my personal user and root user show up, but on my sister's mac, only her personal user processes show up in Activity ...
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The output of dscl . -list /Users includes a user called /. What is that mystery user?

I was playing with dscl and noticed that when I list all the users using dscl . -list /Users the first user in the list is /. Just the single / followed by nothing else. All the other users show up ...
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How to abort automatic login during boot?

I'm using a MacBook Pro, running macOS Mojave (version 10.14.6). I've searched the internet for key combinations to abort automatic login during boot, but all answers I found work only in older ...
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Upgrade “Sharing Only User” to “Standard User”

I need to upgrade a sharing only account to a standard user account. I've read this answer, however how do I create the user's home folder?
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User Creation Fail with sysadminctl

I created a user with the sysadminctl and faced some errors. I'm using macOS 10.15.3. First of all, to create the user I did this: $ sudo sysadminctl -addUser someuser -fullName "Full User Name" -...
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Mac Catalina won't let me delete user

I go to users and groups, I put in my admin password, I click on the user, the user is a standard user, I press the - button, and then nothing happens. I can't do anything from that point other than ...
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Any conflicts when creating two User accounts (with different privileges) but the same Apple ID?

I've set up iMac A with an Admin User account {501}, a User account {512}, and also three "sharing only" accounts {502, 503, 504} for networking with iMac B. I've set up iMac B with an Admin User ...
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User Crash, but old user data is (seemingly) still on HD?

So our late 2015 iMac locked up the other day, and I had to restart it. My wife and I both use the computer, both with our own (both admin) users. I was logged in on my user when the machines ...
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User permissions on volume drive

Connecting to my wireless volume external HD, there are 2 users listed for it, myself & "everyone". I have read/write access as admin, but "everyone" has "no access", and I can't change this. I'm ...
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Entire “Users” folder is missing when booted into Recovery Mode

I posted this in the Apple Discussions forums, but have yet to get an answer that applies to the depth of which this situation currently exists. My Mac's hard drive (running Mojave) suffered some ...
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Applications from a different user folder appearing in Launchpad

I have an iMac with two different user accounts on it, each with their own Applications folder within the user folder, in addition of course to the system-wide Applications folder. I had a group of ...
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Multiple user iCloud accounts on same computer

Mac iMac and iCloud is 2TB using up about 1.4TB. I'm at my partners for a while and trying to use her MacBook Air 128GB. When I set up a new user account under my iCloud account it started to populate ...
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Lost admin privileges on user account during rename, trying to access data from that user account

I wanted to rename my user account and followed the following Apple support directions: https://support.apple.com/hr-hr/HT201548 Per the instructions, I created a new user account with admin ...
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How to unlock a locked user account using Terminal

How can I unlock a locked user account( after user entered password x times ) using Terminal on Catalina. I check if the user is locked by doing sudo pwpolicy -u username -authentication-allowed ...
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Login user - opposite to launchctl bootout user/id

How can I login user in programmatically way? I need something opposite to command launchctl bootout user/502 that logouts user with id=502. Does this way exist?
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How to merge two users in Mac OS - Catalina?

I'm pretty new to Mac Os. At start I've created a new user, the one that is second in the below picture. After talking to a co-worker, he told me I probably didn't configure the Mac as company's ...
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How to add a domain user MacOS

Is there a difference between new Mac: Create Admin + Configure Qualify new Mac in the domain Create New User with AD credentials in System Pref OR Add new User directly into AD with "Change User" ...
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How to delete /var/folders/xx/xxxxxxxxx when the corresponding user account is deleted?

The user specified tmp path is /var/folders/xx/xxxxxxxxx , which can be got by $TMPDIR. It will be created when creating a new user. But when I delete the user at System Preferences, choosing Delete ...
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Recover deleted user data — user deleted via System Prefs with “Delete home folder”

Earlier today, I deleted a user (through the Users and Groups pane in System Preferences), and of the options “Keep home folder”/“Move home folder to deleted users”/“Delete home folder”, I chose “...
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How user's name can be displayed before disk is decrypted, when FileVault is turned on?

As far as I understood, FileVault provides full disk encryption functionality. What gets me puzzled though, is that once computer (with disk encrypted using FileVault) is turned on - username is ...
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Which settings in System Preferences are global for all users?

Some things in System Preferences obviously apply to only one user: Desktop Picture Appearance accent colour and highlight colour Dock size While others obviously apply to all users: Startup Disk ...
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What is the 'subharmonic' account on macOS Catalina (10.15.3)?

My MacBook Pro running Catalina (10.15.3) has been behaving a bit weird lately. So, I wanted to list the users that exist: $ dscl . -list /Users PrimaryGroupID | grep ' 20$' clint ...
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How to view local user password in Terminal?

I have the administrators password and account but I am interested in finding the password of a local user. I am not trying to reset the password but find out the exact password that was already set. ...
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Graphics Glitching Solved With New User Account

Mid-2015 MacBook Pro 15", Catalina 10.15.3, twin 4K displays Problem Graphics glitching: unable to maintain smooth video playback on any video source, frames dropped. A few times a minute I'll get a ...
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Syncing AppleID and local user password

We're Apple Business Manager and Azure users. I'm looking for a way of using AppleScript or Automator to perform synchronization of my AppleID password and local user password at boot time or on a ...
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How do I get rid of the rogue “other” user on start up on my Sierra Mac?

I want to get rid of the "other" user on my startup screen. My Directory Utility does not list the root user anywhere. I also tried the terminal command suggested here and finally found out how to ...
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iTunes Library - Help with transition to new computer - Backup Catch 22

Situation: Old version of iTunes Old version of Windows Operating System. Cannot backup library because I cannot access my account without updating iTunes and iTunes will not update until I update my ...
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Is there a way to limit which installed apps a macOS user can use? If so, how? [duplicate]

I'm interested in having two users on my MacBook, but restrict some apps from being used by one of them. Is there a way to block apps from being used by another user of the same Mac? Or maybe ...
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Can I select United States if my country is not listed? [closed]

apparently my country is not listed so I'm unable to finish my registration for the apple ID thing. I'm thinking of selecting United States in there but it keeps asking me for a billing address/phone ...
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How to debug the user login process

After the Catalina update I can't login with my main user any more. Mostly all I get is the turning wheel but once I got Welcome message notification and clicking that started Safari. And from the ...
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How do I recover the Apple Developer Account Holder role?

My organization’s account holder left the company. He used a private email address from his private domain when enrolling, so we don’t have how to take control of the email. He is not denying ...
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New user owns old apps in Mac

I just created a second user in my computer so guests can use my Mac without the need of using my account. I did this through the GUI (Settings → Users → New User). While trying to set up permissions ...
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How to change the main user name of a used MacBook on macOS 10.13?

I just bought a used MacBook Air 2012 with High Sierra. I would like to change the user name to mine. I tried changing it in the address book or at the preference login but the old name is still stuck ...

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