Automatically Login into a Mac without Password

   Posted November 7, 2011 by David Kirk in Apple Mac

One of my buddies at work today just purchased his first mac. He was puzzled on how to log into OS X when the computer is first started without entering his password every time. Here are the steps to disable that pesky password requirement.

First of all, let me say why you should not do this. If an unauthorized personal accesses your computer, they will be locked out if they restart the system. (Yes, its pretty trivial for an experienced hacker to get your personal account password if they have access to your physical system. However, most common thieves and random people are not going to know how to do this.) Having that login password requirement does give you an added element of protection. However, if you are like me and accept the risks, you can setup your mac where it automatically logs you into OS X whenever you start your system.

1. Open System Preferences

2. Select Security & Privacy

3. Click the General tab

4. Click the lock at the bottom right-hand corner and enter your password. This will allow you to change this information.

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5. Uncheck Disable automatic login and enter your password.

6. If you find passwords annoying, you may want to make sure that Require passwords after sleep or screen saver begins is disabled too.

7. Click the lock again to “lock” your changes.

Now when you boot up your system, OS X should start up without requiring your password.


About David Kirk

David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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  • audwin gordon

    i am using and apple ipad the program is netflix

  • audwin gordon

    how can i find my nefflix password whenever i tried changing it wont save just go back as before

    • Cristina Falconett

      In Safari, click the Safari bottom on top, then click preferences. There is a tap named password, just eliminate the account of netflix and save it again with the new password. Hope it helps

  • The Dude

    This is a horrible suggestion and should really come with a warning that it puts all of your personal info at risk. How hard is it to type one password when you turn on your computer?

  • Erik Jon

    Thank you for this solution – I use my Mac Mini as a media center connected to a tv. It is vital that there is no password requirement when using the remote to wake it up.

  • Tina

    I accident log off my imac computer that I can’t log in to use it cos I forgot the password. Any ideas?