Mac OS X - Enabling Automatic Login

This document describes how to enable or disable automatic login for Mac OS X.




  1. Click the Apple logo in the upper left corner of your screen.
  2. Click System Preferences.
  3. Click Users & Groups. In earlier versions of OS X, this category is called Accounts.

    osx system preferences

  4. Click the lock icon to unlock settings and enter your admin password when prompted.
  5. Click Login Options.
  6. users and groups
  7. In the field next to Automatic login, select the name of the user you would like to log in automatically. To disable automatic login, select Off.
  8. Important Note: If the username is grayed out, you are unable to enable automatic login as your Mac requires manual login. This can be fixed:

    • If FileVault is turned on, manual login is required for all accounts. You can turn FileVault off.

    • If an account uses an iCloud password to log in, manual login is required for that account. You might also see the message “A user with an encrypted home folder can't log in automatically.” When changing the account password, you can choose not to use the iCloud password.

    login options
  9. Close System Preferences to save changes.

If you have any questions, come by the Help Desk at Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Room 105, call 646-1840, or email us at help@nmsu.edu.




Keywords:mac osx enable auto automatic login sign in disable setting system preferences account   Doc ID:80069
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2018-02-12 11:44 MDTUpdated:2018-02-12 12:06 MDT
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