OS X Lion: Unlocking a screen saver as an administrator

Learn how to unlock another user account's screen saver in OS X Lion.

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With OS X Lion v10.7.3 and later, an admin user can can unlock another user's screen saver.

Unlocking a non-admin user's screen saver

Press Option-Return, then enter an administrative user's name and password.
 

Unlocking an admin user's screen saver

To enable this feature, first use the following advanced steps:

  1. As an admin user, edit the /etc/pam.d/screensaver file using the instructions in this article.
  2. Locate and remove (or comment out) the following line:

    account    required       pam_group.so no_warn deny group=admin,wheel ruser fail_safe
  3. Save the changes.
  4. Log out and back in.


To unlock the screen saver, press Option-Return, then enter an administrative user's name and password.

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