How to Enable Guest User Account on Mac

macOS allows you to create guest user account then why let anyone access your personal files? Limit their access and protect your privacy. Let's check it out!

We all have those kinds of friend or family members that usually drop-in without prior notice; either to complete an assignment or send an important E-mail. A personal computer is called personal for a reason and letting our Mac operated by someone else is something against the concept.

To tackle this, it is highly recommended to create a guest user account on Mac for that irritating human being.

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Enabling a guest user on Mac has its benefits. Just like an actual guest that don’t get access to your entire house, similarly, a guest account on Mac does not give full access to the user. It protects your privacy. To learn how to create one, follow the tutorial provided below.

How to Enable Guest User Account on Mac

Step #1. Click on “Apple Menu” and then choose “System Preferences.”

Click on System Preferences on Mac

Step #2. Now, click on “Users & Groups.”

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Click on Users and Groups in Mac System Preferences

Step #3. If you have a Mac password setup, click on the “lock” icon at the bottom of the screen.

Click on Lock Icon in Mac System Preferences

Step #4. Enter your Mac password. This will unlock the settings.

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Enter Mac System Password

Step #5. Click on Guest User from the sidebar showing the user list.

Click on Guest User on Mac

Step #6. On the right side, you can see three checkboxes.

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  • Allow guests to log in to this computer.
  • Enable parental controls (You can enable it (tick the checkbox) and then configure the parental controls by clicking on that button labeled “Open Parental Controls”)
  • Allow guest users to connect to shared folders. (If you want to the guest user to be able to access just your shared folder (/User/Shared), check the “Allow guests to connect to shared folders” This will let the guest user access shared folders.)

Check “Allow guest to log to the computer” to Enable it.

Enable Guest User on Mac

To confirm you have created guest account successfully, shut down all the windows on your Mac and restart your computer. When your Mac restarts, you can see that Guest User icon on the screen. The “guest” can use Safari and a few other apps but won’t be able to view your files/folders.

That’s all, mate!

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Signing off

Remember, creating a new user takes a different method. When you create a guest user, no password is required to log in.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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