macOS Sierra: User pane of Users & Groups System Preferences

User pane of Users & Groups System Preferences

Use the User pane of Users & Groups System Preferences to change settings for your account on this Mac. If you’re an administrator of your Mac, you can also change settings for others who use your Mac.

To view these preferences, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Users & Groups. Select a user on the left, then, if you selected yourself, click Password at the top of the window. If other users are logged in to this Mac now, you can’t select them.

User picture

Click the picture to edit it, then select a new picture.

  • Use a picture included with macOS: Click Defaults, then select a picture.

  • Take your picture using your Mac: Click Camera; when you’re ready, click Take Photo.

  • Use a picture from the Photos app: Click Photos. To see specific photos from a time, place, or album, click a disclosure triangle below photos, then select a group of photos. Select a picture, then click Next.

  • Use a picture from the Photo Booth app: Click Photo Booth to see pictures you’ve taken using your Mac and the Photo Booth app. Select a picture, then click Next.

Instead of clicking the picture, you can drag and drop an image file from the Finder onto the picture.

Change Password

Reset Password

Click the button to change the login password and password hint. To use the Password Assistant, click the key next to the Password field. For more information, see Tips for creating secure passwords.

Contacts Card

Click Open to view and edit your Contacts card. Only available for the user who is currently logged in.

Allow user to reset password using Apple ID

Lets the user change their password for this Mac at login by entering their Apple ID and password. To use this option, the user must have set up iCloud on this Mac. However, this option isn’t available if FileVault is turned on and set to allow the user to reset their password at startup using their iCloud account.

Allow user to administer this computer

Makes the user an administrator for this Mac.

Enable parental controls

Lets you manage a user with parental controls. To set restrictions, click Open Parental Controls. For more information, see Set up parental controls.

Add and Remove

To add a new user or group, click the Add button , then enter the information for the new user or group. To delete a user or group, select it in the list, then click the Remove button . For more information, see Delete a user or group.


See About the master password.


Locks or unlocks Users & Groups preferences. Click the lock icon to unlock it, then enter an administrator name and password.

To give a user permission to access your shared files or screen, you may need to change settings in the File Sharing, Screen Sharing, or Remote Management pane of Sharing preferences. For more information, see Use File Sharing to share files and Screen sharing overview.

Published Date: Mar 28, 2017
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