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OS X Mountain Lion: Associate Apple IDs with your user account

Associate Apple IDs with your user account

If you’re an administrator, standard user, or managed user, you can associate an Apple ID with your user account and then use the Apple ID to:

  • Reset your login password if you forget it and are unable to log in to the computer

  • Establish file and screen sharing access to the computer from another computer

  • Share files and screens with other computers after you log in

If you’re an administrator, you can give another user file and screen-sharing access to your computer by associating an Apple ID with the user’s account.

Create a new user account

Associate an Apple ID with your user account

  • If you don’t have an Apple ID, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Users & Groups, click the Set button next to Apple ID, and then click Create Apple ID.
  • If you have an Apple ID, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Users & Groups, click the Set button next to Apple ID, enter your Apple ID and password, and then click OK.
  • To change the Apple ID associated with your account, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Users & Groups, and then click Change next to Apple ID.
    • To replace an Apple ID with a different one, double-click the Apple ID you want to change.

    • To disassociate an Apple ID from your account, select the Apple ID, and then click Delete (-).

    • To associate another Apple ID with your user account, click Add (+).

    • To create a new Apple ID to associate with your user account, click Create Apple ID.

After you add or change your Apple ID, the Change button is disabled while OS X confirms the Apple ID password you entered.

To use your Apple ID to share another computer’s files or screen, the same Apple ID must be associated with your user account on the other computer. The other computer’s Sharing preferences must also give you permission to share its files or screen.

Before you can use your Apple ID to reset your login password, an administrator needs to select “Allow user to reset password using Apple ID.”

Use an Apple ID to reset your login password

If you forget your login password, you can use an Apple ID associated with your user account to reset your login password. However, you can’t reset your password if FileVault is enabled.

To learn how to use your Apple ID to reset your login password, and about other options for resetting the login password, see this help topic:

Reset a login password

Use an Apple ID to share another computer’s files or screen

To learn how to use your Apple ID to share another computer’s files and screen, see these help topics:

Connect to shared computers and file servers on a network

Share the screen of another computer

Last Modified: Aug 8, 2013
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  • Last Modified: Aug 8, 2013
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