Fix Automatic Login Disabled in MAC? Grayed-out? in Monterey

Last Updated on Nov 19, 2021

Automatic login is one of the most efficient and user-friendly features in macOS. This feature saves a lot of your time by automatically logging you in the laptop when you open it without having to go through any kind of security/authentication features. This feature saves up a lot of time and makes work smooth. 

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However, this feature has been getting a very frustrating issue for users. Multiple users have reported not being able to enable the Automatic Login feature. Users found themselves grayed out when trying to enable the option for Automatic Log-in. This can be very annoying to users. 

You might also be a victim of this issue, but worry not. We’ll tell you how to get rid of it.

Here are some ways by which you can enable Automatic Log-in and not get grayed out-

Fix 1: Turn on Automatic Login on Mac: for all or Selected User

  1. Let’s first take you through the normal process of enabling this feature to clear things out and address the grayed-out issue so that no stone is left unturned.
  2. First, go to the Apple logo > System Preferences window and then click on Users and Groups.
  3. Clicking on that will open up the Users and Groups tab where you need to next click on the Lock icon appear at the bottom left corner of the tab. You might have to enter an administrator name as well as its password if you aren’t logged in as an administrator already.
  4. After this, click on the Login option that will appear on the lower-left corner of the screen. turn-on-automatic-user-login-on-mac
  5. You will have to choose an account from that Automatic Log-in menu and then enter the password of that account. select-user-for-automatic-login-on-mac
  6. Now, you need to click on the automatic login option and select the user. Hereafter, you will have to enter the password for the user option selected, which will confirm the enabling of the Automatic Login feature. enter-admin-password-for-automatic-login-on-mac

Now comes the username grayed in part, to tackle that, here are the following-

  • Turn off FileVault option. If this option is on, you will always require to log in manually. Go to the Apple Logo from top Menu > System Preferences > Security&Privacy > FileVault and Turn off File Vault.turn-off-file-vault-on-mac
  • Don’t use the iCloud password for an account to log in, doing so will always require you to log in manually for that account.

Fix 2- This issue might also be caused due to your security settings as well. Here is how to fix it-

  1. Go to apple logo > Open your System Preferences window and go to Security & Privacy.
  2. Find the Disable Automatic Login option and make sure that it is disabled.turn-off-required-password-for-login-mac
  3. You should also disable the option that requires you to enter a password every time on startup, So you are waking up your mac. Uncheck tick, that’s it.
  4. Select “Turn off Screen lock“, turn-off-mac-screen-lock
  5. Select “Keep Using Keychain” or “Turn off & Remove Passwords“,keep-keychain-password-for-automatic-login-macjpg
  6. That’s it.

Fix 3: Delete loginwindow PLIST

  1. The Auto Login feature might also not operate properly due to some plist files issue.
  2. You can solve the issue by deleting a file named loginwindow.plist from the following directories,
  3. Library/Preferences/ and User/Library.
  4. Right click on “ loginwindow.plist” Move to bin. Remember that these directories might be hidden if you are not able to find them, so make sure to reveal them. loginwindow-plist-file-on-mac-preferences


1. Is it safe to enable Automatic Login?

A: This feature allows you to log in automatically without having to enter a password. While it saves up time and allows you to work smoothly, your privacy however becomes a little weak if there are multiple users of your device. If it is just you who uses the device, then it is absolutely fine to use Automatic Login. 

2. Can I fix the grayed-in issue that happens when I try to enable Automatic Login?

A: Yes, you can easily solve such an issue. We have explained the steps to get rid of that issue in our article.

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