How to Log Into Your Mac Automatically Without a Password

Macbook Pro

Security is very important, but sometimes, speed is essential. If you live and work in an environment that respects your privacy, your Mac can automatically log in without a password. Here's how.

WarningIf you follow this procedure and your Mac is lost or stolen, anyone with access to it will be able to access your data without any hindrance. It may be a risk that is worth taking, but only you can make that decision. If you use this technique, we recommend that you activate it when you are at home or in another secure place and deactivate it when you are not.

Assuming you want to continue, let's start. We did this on macOS 10.14 Mojave.

How to enable automatic login on your Mac

To get started, lock the Apple logo at the top of the screen and click on "System Preferences."

Click on the Apple logo, followed by System Preferences.

Then click on "Users and Groups".

Click Users and Groups

Click the lock icon and enter the password for your account. This must be an account with administrator privileges to operate.

Click on the padlock and authenticate yourself

Once authentication is successful, click on "Login Options" and then on the "Auto Login" drop-down menu. Select the name of the user you want your Mac to connect to automatically. Again, you will need to enter a user password, this time for the account you have selected to log in.

Note: if your user account is greyed out, you probably have FileVault encryption enabled or this user account uses an iCloud password to log in. You must disable FileVault encryption (System Preferences> Security & Privacy> FileVault> Lock icon> Disable FileVault) and use a local password (System Preferences> Users & Groups> [Account Name] > Change password) before you can enable automatic login.

Click Login Options and then Auto Login before selecting the desired user.

Once this process is complete, the next time you restart your Mac, it will automatically connect to the pre-selected account.


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