If you are using Mac OS X, and you want to do something that requires admin access, you can just do that with your existing account. Unless or until you have made any change, you can use the default, or first OS X account to perform that job. It happens because Apple always makes the first user account as an administrator account. However, if you want to make a dedicated admin account or create multiple admin accounts on Mac OS X, here is what you can do with your system.
What is a standard user account on Mac OS X?
A “Standard” is a typical user account on Mac OS X. Not only just Mac but also you can find standard user account on almost all the platforms including Linux, Windows, etc. With the help of Standard user account, a user can perform all the primary jobs. For example, you can open almost all the apps, utilities, files/folders, etc.
What is an administrator account on Mac OS X?
An administrator account always comes with some unique permission. Apart from doing all the tasks of a standard user account, you can edit system files, cut-copy-paste file/folder in another system file, manage all the standard user accounts, and so on. An admin account holds all the permission to make any change in the system.
What is a guest user account on Mac OS X?
Let’s assume that someone wants to access your computer. Instead of giving away a standard user account, you can provide a guest account, which holds few permissions. You can manage whether a guest account user can do a particular job or not.
What is the difference between standard and administrator account?
The main difference between a standard and administrator account is you can manage all standard accounts using an admin account. But the opposite thing is not possible.
Second, you can edit system file using an administrator account. But, you cannot do the same with a standard user account.
Third, you can manage all system settings using an administrator account, but standard account holders cannot do the same.
Fourth, an administrator account has some special permission, and that is why attackers always try to gain access to admin account. In other words, this is riskier as well to use an administrator account.
Why should you use multiple user accounts?
Suppose, you want to give your PC’s access to some family member or friend. In that situation, you can use a different user account instead of the same account that you use to log in. That way, your files would be on the safer side, and you do not have to worry about your digital privacy.
Although only administrator account is enough for all the computers around the globe, if you are doing something as a team with your friends, this would be helpful for you to create multiple admin accounts on Mac OS X.
How to create a standard user account on Mac OS X?
As mentioned before, if you want to share your OS X computer with someone else, this is an excellent option to opt for a different user account. Instead of assigning administrator account, you can create a standard user account. For that, you need to follow the following steps.
- Log into your Mac and open System Preferences. For that, you can click the Apple logo on the top navigation menu and select System Preferences.
- In System Preferences window, click the Users & Groups
- If the window is locked, you need to unlock it by pressing the lock Following that; you need to enter the user account password to make the unlock.
- Therefore, click the plus (+)
- Now you need to enter some information. Choose Standard in the New Account drop-down menu, enter Full Name, Account Name, Password, Confirmed Password, and Password Hint.
- At last, click the Create User
That’s all! Within moments, you can find the new user account on your screen.
How to create an administrator account on Mac OS X?
If you need some special permission to do something in the system, you can create an admin account. For that, you need to follow these steps.
- Open System Preferences on your Mac computer and go to Users & Groups.
- Unlock the window, if it is locked. You need the user account password to unlock the window.
- Click the Plus (+) sign to add a new user account.
- This time, choose Administrator from the New Account drop-down menu.
- Therefore, you need to enter Full Name, Account Name, Password, Password Hint, etc.
After doing all these things, you can find the new administrator account.
How to convert the standard account to administrator account on OS X?
Let’s assume that you already have a standard user account and some apps are already installed on your account. If due to any reason, you do not want to create a new administrator account and instead, you want to convert the standard account to an administrator account on OS X, here is what you need to do.
- Log into your Mac computer and open System Preferences.
- Click the Users & Groups icon to manage users.
- Unlock the Users & Groups window by clicking the lock icon and entering your existing account’s password.
- Select the standard user account that you want to convert.
- On your right-hand side, you should find an option called Allow user to administer this computer. You need to make a tick in the corresponding check-box.
- Following that, you need to restart your computer to get the change.
How to convert administrator account to standard user account?
If, for any reason, you want to convert existing administrator account to standard user account, here are the steps you need to follow.
- Open the System Preferences and go to Users & Groups
- Unlock the window by entering your password.
- Select the user account that you want to convert.
- Remove the rick from the Allow user to administer this computer
- Restart your computer to get the change.
How to delete an administrator or standard user account from OS X?
It doesn’t matter whether you have an admin account or standard account, if you want to delete it from your computer, here is what you can do. This is very like above-mentioned guides, and you do not need much time to get it done.
- Open your Mac computer and open up the System Preferences
- Click the Users & Groups menu to manage all the users you have on your computer.
- If the window is locked, click the lock icon visible on bottom-left corner, and enter your existing user’s password.
- Select the account that you want to delete and click the minus (-)
- It will give some options to keep or remove the Home If you do not need the Home folder, you can select the third option that says Delete the home folder and click the Delete User button.
How to reset newly created administrator account password on OS X?
If you have forgotten your admin account password, you can reset that by following this guide. However, you need another administrator account to reset an admin account’s password. Being said that, you can use the first user account or the account that you have created while settings up the Mac for the first time to reset it.
- Open the Users & Groups menu from System Preferences.
- Select the account.
- Click the Reset Password
- Now enter the new password twice to confirm the change.
That would be all.
Hope these simple tutorials would be helpful for you.