How to Add and Delete Guest User on Mac (Sonoma Added)

Last Updated on Sep 11, 2023

Mac is allowed to add a new user to Access a personal Mac Computer. So why we don’t use it? Most macOS supports adding new Mac Users as an Administrator, Standard, Sharing Only, and Group—moreover, Apple Unveiled Screen Time for Mac from macOS Catalina or Later. We can set restrictions for App use and Other Activities running on the screen using this feature. Before that, people only allowed guest/ Child login limitations like Disable appsBlock website URLs, and Disable or enable game center access.

Get the Brief guide on adding and Delete Guest Users on Mac OS. Here is the step-by-step guide for your Mac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, and iMac. If you don’t know which macOS you are using, click here “How to Check Which Version of macOS You’re using on Mac.”

Note: Before you remove an account, please verify the Account name and contact the user before you remove it.

Steps to Enable and Disable Guest User On Your Apple Mac

Here are some simple steps to guide you on how to Enable and Disable Guest Users on your Mac. When you go to the system settings and try to unlock the Users & Groups settings, it will ask you to enter a password. After that, it will ask password again once you exit the system setting and re-open it to make changes. Also check: How to Add or Remove User account on Mac.

Enable Guest User On your Apple Mac

When you enable or allow guests to log in to your computer, Your friends can temporarily log in to your account. It does not require a password. However, It doesn’t allow another user to log in to the guest account. If you turn on the File Vault, Guest users can only access the Safari application.

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Also, you can enable/Disable the “limit adult websites” and “Allow guest users to connect to shared folders” for the Guest user.

On macOS Ventura

So, let’s see the steps to Enable Guest Users in macOS.

1→ Go to the Apple Logo > System Settings,

System Settings on Mac
System Settings on Mac

2→ Scroll and tap on Users & Groups,

3→ Tap on the (i) button next to the Guest user,

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enable-guest-user-login-on-mac

4→ Enable “Allow guests to log in to this computer” toggle.

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allow-guests-to-log-in-to-this-mac-computer

Your computer will ask to verify your Mac with a login password to apply the user settings.

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change-guest-user-access-on-mac

That’s it.

On macOS Monterey

1→ Go to the Apple Menu, then click on System Preferences,

2→ Then open Users & Groups.

3→ Click the Lock icon (To Unlock the screen and Change.)

4→ Select “Guest user” > Click on the Checkbox to “Allow user to administer this computer.”

That’s it.

Disable the Guest User Account on Mac

The Guest User Mode is a built-in feature of macOS. We can apply Restrictions for Guest users by disabling unused or unsecured accounts temporarily or permanently without deleting accounts, and Data or Stop guest user mac appears on the login screen. That’s the smart way to manage Multiple logging from an administrator account on Mac. If you want to know, How to turn off guest mode on mac? Follow the below steps,

This action will remove a guest user from the login screen Mac with any MacOS,

macOS Ventura

1→ Go to the Apple Logo > System Settings,

System Settings on Mac
System Settings on Mac

2→ Scroll and tap on Users & Groups,

3→ Click on the (i) Button next to the Guest user,

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disable-guest-user-on-mac

4→ Turn off the “Allow guests to log in to this computer” toggle.

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stop-guests-to-log-in-to-this-computer

That’s it.

macOS Monterey

1→ Go to the Apple Logo From Top mac Menu > System Preferences.

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2→ Click on “Users & Groups“.

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3→ Click on the Lock icon to Unlock (screen and Change.)

4→ Select Standard “Guest user” > Uncheck “Allow user to administer this computer.”

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That’s it.

Now, your Guest account is disabled and won’t see on the Mac login screen.

Remove or Delete the account on Mac

We can not delete or remove the Guest Account because it is a built-in feature in macOS. Therefore, we can only enable or disable it. However, you can delete a user account. Follow the below steps to remove or delete the User account.

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macOS Ventura

1→ Go to the Apple Logo > System Settings,

2→ Scroll and tap on Users & Groups,

3→ Click on the (i) Button next to the Guest user,

4→ Click on “Delete Account.”

(It will pop up three options-save the home folder in a disk image, Don’t change the home folder, and delete the home folder.)

5→ Select “delete the home folder” and Done.

macOS Monterey

1→ Go to the Users & Groups > Choose the user’s account name from the right pane.

Create and delete user in Mac OS X created account

2→ From the below, click on – the symbol.

Basic Settings before delete user account

3→ Next click on the Delete button. (Before that, you can see an option for what types of data you want to delete from the system, like the home folder, Use for future reference, you have to choose the Second option, Not for the show but saved in deleted user choose the first option).

Disable Guest User Mac Greyed Out

On Restart, your Mac or Login screen shows. Guest user enabled but greyed out. That means the Administrator disables Guest User. And Re-Activate your Login on Mac. Follow the below steps. If you are Guest User and are here, contact your admin.

1→ Go to the Apple Logo From Top Mac Menu > System Preferences.

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2→ Click on “Users & Groups“.

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(Click on the Lock icon to Unlock the screen to access the items from a window.)

3→ Select Standard “Guest user” > Uncheck “Allow user to administer this computer.”

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That’s it.

How do I turn off the Password for Guest Users on My Mac?

As an Administrator, we can permit Access to the Guest account on Mac to anyone without a password if you set it previously. Or Change in the same way. So let’s follow the below steps to Turn off Password for Guest Login on Mac.

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1→ Tap on the Apple Logo, then > System Preferences.

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2→ Next, click on the Users & Groups option.

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3→ Click on the lock icon to access the Guest account.

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4→ Now, Click on Reset Password Button to turn off Password or change the old Password.

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Attention: Don’t Enter any password in any field, keep all the fields blank and click on Change password.

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That’s it.

Now you are done, having any confusion on Create and delete user on Mac. You can also visit How to Add or Delete User account on Mac. More valuable tips for your Mac in future-friendly touch with us on social pages.

FAQs

Where is the guest user’s home folder on Mac?

Open the start-up disk; the Finder shows the display and Users folders. This Users folder contains the home folder of your guest user.

Does guest mode delete everything?

Guest mode can’t change the computer setting. Only the temporarily stored files and the browsing activity will be deleted when the user exits the Guest mode.

How do I delete the guest account as administrator?

To delete the guest account as administrator, create a new admin account and then delete it.

Can you delete the guest user on Mac?

No, The Guest user can’t delete on Mac; on behalf of that user can disable the guest account if there is no need to use it.

How do I permanently delete a guest account on Mac?

You can’t delete a guest account on Mac permanently because the guest account is the default feature on macOS. It can only be enabled or disabled.

Does deleting an account on a Mac delete everything?

The information and storage space will free up by deleting an account on a Mac. To Keep data, first, get back up and then delete a user account. So it is easy to restore data whenever needed.

How do I add a guest user?

There is one default guest user available on Mac. You can’t add a new Guest user. Instead of that, you can create a new user or admin account.

Why should you disable the guest account?

Guest accounts allow unauthenticated network users to sign in without a password, gain a backdoor into the system, and access any resources; therefore, you should disable the guest account.

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