Like on Windows, you need to create an administrator account on macOS to take full control over your computer. An administrator account allows you to make changes to your device’s settings, install software updates, limit users’ access to personal files and folders, and perform other administrative tasks.
If you are of those who frequently hand your Mac to your friends or family members, it’s a good idea to allow one or two other individuals to have administrative access to your Mac. This makes sure that they won’t mess up with what you have been doing on your computer.
In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the steps to create an administrator account on macOS. Before we begin, keep in mind that an administrator account gives users full access to everything on your computer. It can change how your Mac works, install updates, and perform a lot of tasks. Therefore, it’s best to give administrative privileges to trusted family and friends.
How to create an administrator account on your Mac
Step one: First off, you need to open the System Preferences on your Mac. To do this, you simply head to the Apple Menu and select System Preferences from your drop-down menu (Click on the System Preferences icon from the Dock)
Step two: Next up, you now need to click the Users & Groups icon at the bottom of the System Preferences window
Step three: From the Accounts preferences pane, click the lock icon at the bottom left corner. After that, you will be asked to enter the password for your primary administrator account. Once you are done, hit OK to proceed
Step four: when you are in, click the plus icon at the bottom corner of the Users & Groups pane to add a new user account. From the New Account window, click on New Account tab and select Administrator from the list of options
Step five: Fill in the details for the fields provided (Make sure that you enter the password for your new administrator account). Once you are done, hit the Create User button to complete the task.
That’s it! Repeat the above process if you want to create additional administrator user accounts.
How to change standard user to administrator on your Mac
If you don’t want to create a new administrator account, you can promote an existing standard user account to an administrator. Here is how.
Step one: Open System Preferences on your Mac and then hit Users & Groups to proceed
Step two: Next up, click the lock icon and provide your admin password. After that, click OK and select a standard user account from the list on the left
Step three: Make sure that you check the box next to Allow user to administer this computer.
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