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How to Remove the Password from Your Mac at Startup

Your computer can potentially hold important, sensitive information about you. Your startup password is the easiest way to prevent someone from accessing your personal data when they shouldn’t. But maybe you don’t have any sensitive files on your computer, or your Mac never leaves your well-secured home, or maybe there’s just no personal information saved on it (which is becoming increasingly common as so much of our info is kept in secure cloud storage).

Though you can’t truly remove your password, there are a couple options for limiting the number of times you will be asked for your Mac user password. If you have no need to lock your machine, you can tell your Mac to never ask you again and essentially “remove” your password.

How to Remove Password from Mac Account?

Since you cannot completely remove your Mac user password, this section tells you how you can disable the login password in High Sierra (older versions of macOS are quite similar).

To disable the login password on your Mac, as with most settings changes, you’ll need to start with the System Preferences. You will also need to know your current password to complete the following steps. If you have problems disabling your login password then you may need to turn off your FileVault encryption (see below).

Disable login password:

  1. Click in the Apple logo on the top left of your screen and select “System Preferences”.

  2. Find and select the “Security & Privacy” section and click on the “General” tab.

  3. Click the lock image on the bottom left and enter your password when prompted.

  4. Uncheck the box that says “Disable automatic login”.

  5. From the pop-up, select the user that should be automatically logged in when you Mac starts up (your current user will already be selected by default).

  6. Enter your password and select “OK” and the automatic login will be set.

Now, when you start your computer it will bypass the user login screen and go straight to your desktop. There is still one more time that your computer may ask for your password to prevent people from getting into your machine though: frequently during your day you may step away from your Mac long enough for the screen to go to sleep. When you wake it up, you’ll be asked to enter the startup password. Let’s turn this off!

Turn off password for waking your Mac:

  1. Click in the Apple logo on the top left of your screen and select “System Preferences”.

  2. Find and select the “Security & Privacy” section and click on the “General” tab.

  3. Uncheck the option that starts with “Require password…”.

By turning on automatic login and turning off the requirement for your password to wake from sleep, you’ll now only be asked for you password when you try to install an unrecognized app or change important system settings.

How to disable FileVault?

FileVault is the name Apple gives to its disk encryption option on macOS. This will prevent access to your files from any outside source that gets into your system. If this option is enabled then you will not be able to enable automatic login as described above. If you wish to do this and your FileVault is turned on then you can follow these steps to turn disable FileVault.

To disable FileVault:

  1. Click in the Apple logo on the top left of your screen and select “System Preferences”.

  2. Find and select the “Security & Privacy” section and click on the “FileVault” tab.

  3. Click on the “Turn Off FileVault…” button. If this option is gray then go to the next step.

  4. Click the lock image on the bottom left and enter your password when prompted. This will allow you to change your settings.

Apple has many options to keep your Mac and its contents secure, but you can choose to disable many of those settings. Be aware that removing the need to enter your password leaves your data vulnerable to anyone who can get ahold of your Mac. The choice is yours.

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