Sometimes, your friend or your family member wants to borrow your Mac for work or personal purposes. You want to help them but you wonder whether your private files will be accessed. Don’t worry, you can create a guest user account that is different from the admin account on your Mac.
With a guest user account, everyone can use your Mac but they can’t access any of the files on your admin account. You can also limit the things that users can do on a guest account. A file that is created or downloaded onto a guest account will be saved temporarily and deleted automatically right as soon as they log out.
We will share you how you can create a guest user account on macOS.
How to create a Guest User Account on Mac
Step 1: First off, you need to click on the Apple logo and choose System Preferences
Step 2: Next, you need to click on Users & Groups
Step 3: Now, you can view a list of all the available user accounts on the left pane in the Users & Groups window. Here, you can enable making changes by clicking on the lock icon
Step 4: After that, enter your system password
Step 5: Lastly, on the sidebar, you have to click on “Guest User” and check the box next to “Allow guests to log in to this computer”.
Note: Guest users can only access Safari if you have FileVault enabled.
How to Add Restrictions to a Guest User Account
You can enable parental controls for account that is used by a guest to limit its features. Parental controls allow you to restrict guests from using many things such as certain apps, websites, and built-in macOS features.
Step 1: First off, you need to choose “Guest User” on the Users & Groups preferences window, then tick the checkbox for “Enable parental controls”
Step 2: Next, you need to click on Open Parental Controls
Step 3: Lastly, you can select the restrictions for the guest user account.
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