Set your Mac to automatically log in during startup

If you turn on automatic login for a macOS user account, your Mac automatically logs in to that account during startup.

Choose an account for automatic login

  1. Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu (), then click Users & Groups.
  2. Click the lock  , then enter account password.
    If you aren't logged in as an administrator, you're asked to enter an administrator's name and password.
  3. Click Login Options.
  4. Choose an account from from the “Automatic login” pop-up menu, then enter the password of that account.

The account is now set up to log in automatically when your Mac starts up. You might still be asked to log in manually after logging out, switching back from another user account, or locking your screen.

If automatic login is unavailable for an account

When manual login is required, the “Automatic login” menu is dimmed or doesn't show the account name. For example:

  • 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.
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