In our earlier article, we have explained how to automatically login to Windows PC without password. That was a bit complicated as Windows offers local admin as well login through your Microsoft account. However, things are easier in Mac as you only have local administrator account login. Since you can’t use your Apple email address for login to Mac, the process is to simply disable the password for your administrator account. This will help you to automatically login to Mac without the password.
Disable Login Password in Mac
Follow the below instructions to automatically login to Mac without using password:
- Click the Apple logo showing on top left corner of the screen.
- Select “System Preferences…” menu from the list to open your Mac settings section.
- Click on “Users & Groups” icon to view all available user account in your Mac.
- Select the account for which you want to disable login password.
- Now, click on “Login Options” showing at the bottom below all the user accounts.
- You will see the screen is locked for editing and click on the padlock icon showing at the lower left corner.
- Enter your administrator username/password and click “Unlock” button.
- Finally, click on the “Automatic login” dropdown and select “On” option.
Close your preferences window and restart your Mac to check you are able to login without entering the password.
Why Automatic Login is Disabled for Me?
You may find the “Automatic Login” option is permanently disabled for editing even after you unlock the screen with admin password. Don’t get panic, this is a correct setting if you have enabled FileVault option in your Mac. FileVault enables encryption of your data stored in the hard disk. When you enabled this option, you need admin password or the recovery key for accessing the data. Since automatic login will disable admin password, it will create conflict with accessing the encrypted data from your hard disk. Therefore, Mac will force disable “Automatic login” option when you have enabled “FileVault” for encryption.
We do not recommend disabling FileVault as it may take hours for decrypt the data before you can use. Similarly, it will take many hours for encrypting when you enable the option again. Follow the below instructions to disable FileVault, only if you understand what you are doing.
- Click on Apple logo and go to “System Preferences…” menu.
- This time click on “Security & Privacy” icon and go to “FileVault” tab.
- You will see a warning message saying admin password or recovery key is mandatory to access the encrypted data. You will lose the data permanently if you forget the password and recovery key.
- Click on the padlock icon showing at bottom left corner.
- Unlock the screen by proving your admin password.
- You will be back on “FileVault section and click on “Turn Off FileVault…” button to disable this feature.
- Now, go back to “Users & Groups” section and select your user account.
- Click “Login Options” and unlock the screen for editing.
- You should see the “Automatic login” option is enabled for editing.
- Click the dropdown and select “On” option to disable the login password.
Login password is a must needed protection for Mac when you share it with many users. However, this is not required when using as a single user. Nowadays, you may also need to share the system with your kids for online classes. It will be annoying to unlock Mac frequently or your kid locked the system by wrongly entering the password multiple times.
The best solution is to disable login password and enable automatic login so that you can work freely. Though this can be done with a simple settings change in Mac, it will work only if you are not using data encryption with FileVault. If you have no confidential data in the system, then you can disable FileVault and turn on automatic login option.