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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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macOS: Setting up an administrative account from a user account without admin password

I need to get administrative privileges from a standard user account. I am using macOS Sierra 10.12.6. I have six accounts on my MacBook for me and my family. One of them is administrative and the ...
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What can other administrators access on my machine?

I've been given a new MacBook Pro at work, and it has an administrator account which I assume the IT department has the credentials to. I have been created a local account which is also an ...
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Can a family member use my iPhone, or does Touch ID lock them out on the iPhone SE?

Can we bypass TouchID? I'm getting an iPhone SE and wondering if I can let my kids/family members use my phone if they need to? I don't know much about Touch ID and am wondering if it can be bypassed,...
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How to delete an administrator account on mac?

I have an administrator account on my mac I don't need, and know the password but cannot delete it.
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MacOS Mojave: How do I change the default /Users directory for ALL users logging in?

I've seen this question answered in various forms for other iterations of Mac OS X, but Mojave is proving a bit more challenging. In short: I have several dual drive systems, (SSD and HDD) with the ...
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Merging multiple apple ID’s

Since getting our first iPad and iPhone and while new to Apple, 3 or 4 iCloud email accounts were setup for at least 2 new Apple ID’s. Is it possible to merge them or should I just delete the least ...
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Mac logged me out and can’t get back in

My Mac logged me out and it forces me to login with the Guest account, which for some unknown reason is password protected and I can’t login! I tried restarting it but the issue persists! Before that ...
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User cannot login using AD credentials, others can

Setting up a new MBP (mojave) for a user to replace their iMac. Mac is bound to our Active Directory and test AD account can login and create mobile user without issue. The user that already has a ...
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Trouble logging into macOS

When I left my MacBook Pro for a minute, it closed out, which is normal. But, when I returned, it refused to accept my password to my regular administrator account. So I clicked on Guest User to see ...
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Making Conflicting UIDs across a LAN of MacOS and Linux hosts Consistent

I have an expanding network and while I have the long term goal of eventually implementing Active Directory hosted on a QNAP NAS. However, in the meantime I have the issue of where my MacOS machines ...
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Keep note sheet as black text on white background while Notes.app is in dark mode

I am enjoying dark mode in macOS Mojave. This includes the list boxes and sidebar in the Notes.app. Except, the note sheet itself is awkward with white-text-on-black-blackground. Is it possible to ...
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Once I cancel my apple Music subscription will it still make me pay a months worth or does it end straight away?

I cancelled my Apple Music last month and deleted the account but Apple is still taking $12 out of my account for this month. Is this normal or do I have to contact Apple Support again?
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Backing up another user’s mid-2013 Macbook Air

I have pretty much been a Windows user all my life but a family member has recently given me his mid-2013 i7 Macbook Air. This machine is logged in with his Apple account (I have the credentials) and ...
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How to disable switching user with Touch ID?

So here is a hypothetic scenario: I'm at work presenting something to a colleague and we are both looking at my screen, when suddenly I have to access a service that requires a password. I use ...
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Child's account as default login user

I'm a complete newbie at macOS. Bought a new MacBook Air for my eight year old child as that is what the school specified. Followed the online instructions for setting up family sharing then created ...
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See deleted user accounts from Terminal

Is there a Terminal command that allows you to see deleted user accounts on macOS?
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Disabled then enabled kext signing; some keys no longer work properly

MacOS Sierra MacBook Pro mid2012 I disabled kext signing (to use change some icons in liteicon, which I never got to), and pretty soon some of my keys didn't work like they should. I then enabled it, ...
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I can't log into root or my user account

I have a mid-2012 MacBook Pro, with root setup and SIP disabled. I was downloading files today, and suddenly my computer couldn't connect to the internet (it said that it had a self-assigned ip). No ...
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Mac OS network password change syncs partially

In the company I work we use a Network Account Server. Every 3 months we have to change the password. My machine behaves weirdly at every restart. When the login screen comes, my current password does ...
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Delete an user account that does not show on HD or Users & Groups

I am being prompted with an account named "Other..." and even with admin permissions I cannot delete it as it does not show on my Users & Groups or in the file system. It is like it does not exist ...
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MacBook Pro admin access

How do I get access to admin on a Mac... need to set up a seperate user profile for my 2nd child. The administrator profile has disappeared
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Will Time Machine recognize my account if I change the user name?

macos allows you to change your user account name (the name of the home folder) (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201548). My question is, will this affect the Time Machine backups of this account? I ...
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Where can I find the “restorecount” value macOS uses to track open windows and reset it?

In System Preferences uncheck `General > Close windows when quitting an app Open TextEdit.app Press Cmd+N for a New file Quit TextEdit.app In Finder go to ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.TextEdit/Data/...
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How can I create a new user through terminal macOS 10.14

I am trying to write a script to add a user to a computer. These will not be admin accounts and should be staff accounts. I ran the following script and can login to the account but I can't access any ...
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Can't see the User on the login screen

My user name does not appear on the login screen. There are two users and only one is shown. Is there any way to see the other user or some user name input box instead of selection?
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Copy entire user profile to new device with different username

My work MBP has been set up as a standalone device, but now needs to join the corporate network. Is there a way to copy my entire user profile (apps, config, terminal settings etc) to a new device (...
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Restricted AD users can still log on?

Active Directory user accounts have a property that allows admins to restrict them to specific machines. I.E. the user can only log onto a select list of Windows machines. Why am I mentioning this ...
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Close other user’s app

Is there a Terminal command or script that will close an app running under another user? I’d rather close than kill, but if not possible, kill would work, too.
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Sharing icloud local storage between users

Context: I prefer to switch the user instead of closing and opening all apps and windows I need for work every day. Therefore I want to set up two users for myself on one machine: one for work and one ...
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Renaming/Deleting User Subfolders (Documents, Pictures…)

I want to move my User/{Documents, Downloads, Movies, Music, Pictures} folders to an external SSD. I will do this via copying the folders to the SSD, and creating symlinks on User/ to each of them. ...
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Enable Guest User in 10.14.x Via the Command Line (without a MDM)?

Is there a way to enable the Guest user via the terminal in 10.14.x? I have tried... defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow.plist GuestEnabled -bool YES On machines where the ...
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Will data be lost in resetting macOS admin password?

My GF recently started working with a Mac and while I'm a IT tech with Linux and Windows knowledge, I'm very much a noob with Macs. The problem is she's working on a Mac that another user (the guy ...
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Can't sign into iCloud on my Mac and Mac App Store, but have no trouble signing in using browsers

My @icloud.com is used in various browsers and devices. I tried to install updates on Mac App Store but it prompted I have the wrong password. Then I used my phone to reset the password. After ...
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Allow user to SSH to my Mac, but sandbox the account

I would like to create an SSH account on my Mac to allow some friends to test code on my machine from the command line. However, I want to sandbox them, so that the only folders/files they can see ...
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Creating Standard user to Admin user verses new Admin user

To create a new user is there a difference between creating it first as a standard user then making it a admin user account compared to just creating a new user account as admin? The reason Im asking ...
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What causes eDSPermissionError when running dscl?

I'm running Mac OS X 10.14.1 revision 18B75 I created a user using dscl and set its home directory to a wrong path with this command: sudo dscl . -create /Users/theusername NFSHomeDirectory /the/...
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New administrator account has limited access

I have an admin account which has a typo in it's account name and I wanted to fix it. So I created a different admin account so that I can rename the account name and home folder name from that ...
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Exclude admin user from global password policy

I have added a global password policy which enforces password rotation for every 90 days. But there are two types of accounts: User Accounts - Enable Password rotation for 90 days Admin Accounts - No ...
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Return User To Admin Users and Undo Parental Controls

For a while, I had only one user, say, User1, on my Mac's High Sierra. Then there arose a need to have some parental controls. To do that I created a new user, say, User2 and made it an admin while ...
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How can I delete all network users on startup or shutdown?

I want to run this script before any student logs into the computers daily. #!/bin/sh mv /Users/admin /admin wait $pid mv /Users/Shared /Shared wait $pid rm -rf /Users/* wait $pid mv /admin /...
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prevent Lock Screen from showing user FullName

Is there any way to prevent the lock screen from displaying my full name? It's a privacy matter and I would like to keep my personal data away from other people. I know I can turn my screen off, ...
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annoyance: latest version of Skype under Standard (non-admin) user on macOS 10.13

I always run my systems under an Admin \ Standard user dichotomy. In other words, I always use my system as a Standard user and never login to the Admin user (except when doing the initial clean ...
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Is it normal to have same user logged in twice but from another TTY?

I don't know if this is something that is in macOS, but in Linux I normally see only one user if I run the who and w command. Is it normal to have same user logged in twice but from another TTY? I ...
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Set different keyboard settings for two different users or applications on Mac?

One user of uses Microsoft Remote Desktop to use Windows-based, industry-specific software which requires constant use of function keys, while other users never uses function keys. I know that we can ...
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Does deleting user account on macOS also deletes their installed apps?

On a Mac with more than one user account, I can open apps installed by other users through Spotlight. If I delete the other user accounts, will their apps get deleted too?
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MacOS user password no longer working

I just got a new iMac and after going through setup it no longer seems to recognize my password. I was stuck outside my account so I reinstalled using recovery hoping it would reset everything ...
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What is a organizational device considered to be? [closed]

Would this be a device that is a organizational device because you get it from work? Or because of who makes the device? What is a organizational device. How can I find out.
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how to avoid the “downloaded application” warning for a Standard User

This is a followup on this post of mine: Application permissions for Standard user I'm now running MacOS High Sierra 10.13.5 and this problem is still irritating. I use my Mac as a Standard user. ...
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How do I change my macOS user account UUID to stop Apple tracking me?

I have read that the user accounts on a Mac actually have a UUID associated with them and this means Apple is tracking every action performed with that user account. I’ve already deleted all Facebook ...
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How to remove “_www” user from the everyone group?

As the question said: How do I remove the _www user form the everyone group? Background: I am trying to lock down PHP to my web directory. PHP runs under the _www user. My solution is to only give ...