Kit Guide: Adding a new user account to an Apple Mac


This guide will take you through adding new user accounts, and setting the kind of access users can have, in macOS.

Adding a new user in macOS

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Click the Apple logo in the top-left corner, then click System Preferences.


Once System Preferences opens, click Users & Groups.


Click the padlock in the bottom-left corner to unlock the settings. You'll need to type in the password for the Mac, then click Unlock.

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Click the + icon in the bottm-left corner.


Choose the type of account you want to add:

  • Administrator: can add new users, software, and change any settings.
  • Standard user: can add software and make changes to their account only.
  • Managed user: can only access things allowed by an administrator.
  • Sharing only: can only 'view remotely'.
  • Group: lets you set the same settings for groups of user accounts.

Fill out the Full name, Password and Hint boxes.


Click Create User.

The new account has been created, and you can now log in. 

Hopefully, that should be all the help you need, but if you're still having trouble you can get in touch with one of our Team Knowhow experts here.

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