How to log in automatically to a Mac user account

When automatic login is turned on for a macOS user account, the Mac will log in to that account automatically during the startup process.

Choose the account that will log in automatically

Follow the appropriate steps, depending on the version of macOS you're using. Whether or not an account logs in automatically, you may still need to log in after logging out, switching back from another user account or locking your screen.

macOS Ventura or later

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Settings.

  2. Click Users & Groups in the sidebar.

  3. Choose an account from the "Automatically log in as" menu. Is it dimmed?

  4. Enter the account password.

Earlier versions of macOS

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Users & Groups.

  2. Click the lock , then enter your account password.

  3. Click Login Options in the bottom left-hand corner.

  4. Choose an account from the "Automatic login" menu. Is it dimmed?

  5. Enter the account password.

If the setting is dimmed or unavailable

If the automatic login setting is dimmed or isn't displaying the account name, manual login is required. For example, manual login is required in these circumstances:

  • FileVault is turned on.

  • Your Mac is supervised by your organisation, using a profile that prohibits automatic login.

  • The account is set up to use an iCloud password to log in. In that case, you may also see the message "A user with an encrypted home folder can't log in automatically". Find out how to change the login password.

Log in after sleep or screensaver begins

You may still need to enter your password when your Mac wakes from sleep or stops using the screensaver. You can change this behaviour using the "Require password" screensaver setting located in Lock Screen settings (macOS Ventura or later) or Security & Privacy preferences (earlier macOS versions).

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