After purchasing a new Mac and starting it for the first time or a clean install of macOS, the operating system will ask you to register with your username and password. After each reboot, you will need to enter the password for the administrator account.
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From a security point of view, it is securely your Mac from third parties, but if you only use your computer at home or do not store confidential information, then this feature can only be annoying. In this article, we will show you how to disable password entry every time you start your Mac.
The vast majority of Mac owners use automatic login to macOS, and it’s easy to activate this feature.
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How do I enable automatic login to macOS?
one… Open the menu → System settings…
2… Go to the control panel “Users and groups“.
3… Click on the lock to make changes, and then enter the password for the administrator account and click the button “Remove protection”…
4… At the bottom of the left side menu, select Login Options…
5… In point “Automatic login” instead of “Switched off»Select a user account and enter the password for the selected account.
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What to do if automatic login is disabled (grayed out or unavailable)
If there are no options to choose from, then you should not worry, because there are two reasons for this:
- FileVault is activated (System Preferences -> Protection and Security) – disk encryption. It can be disabled, but in this case, the Mac’s security level is reduced by an order of magnitude (the Mac password is reset in a couple of minutes by an ordinary user, for example, according to this instruction);
- you use the same password to log in as for the iCloud account, change the password (details).
In general, if with stationary Macs (iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro) that do not leave the home, this procedure can really be simplified, then with the MacBook with which you walk through life, it is better to be careful at any time and place. You never know – what if it gets lost or someone steals it? In this case, the data will be protected, and the nerves will be calm. Although … what kind of calmness can we talk about when the car is gone? Well, it’s definitely worth worrying about data confidentiality.