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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.

  4. Click the lock icon to unlock settings and enter your admin password when prompted.
  5. Click Login Options.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

  8. Close System Preferences to save changes.

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Owner:Karl W.Group:DoIT Help Desk
Created:2014-04-17 17:19 CDTUpdated:2018-01-21 21:11 CDT
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