If you can't unlock settings in System Preferences

To make certain changes on your Mac, you're asked to enter the user name and password of an administrator account. Accounts with a blank password might not work.

Your Mac asks you to enter the name and password of an administrator account when it needs to verify that you have permission to make changes. For example, you must authenticate as an administrator when you click the lock in System Preferences, enter certain commands in Terminal, or set a firmware password.

The password of the administrator account should not be blank. Your Mac might not accept a blank password, even if the account is using a blank password.

Learn how to change or reset the password of a macOS user account.

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