There are times when you need to hand over your Mac to your friends or relatives. The first thing that strikes is you don’t want them to access your private files. Like other Operating Systems, MacOS also allows an administrator to create a guest account.

Sign in Screen for a Guest User

Benefits of a Guest Account

With the help of a guest account, you can:

  • Allow someone to use your Mac while at the same time prevent him from accessing your private files,
  • Limit the things one can do on a guest account,
  • Any file created or downloaded while using guest mode remains in the system temporarily. It gets deleted as soon as one signs out of a guest account.

Setting up a Guest User Account on MacOS

  1. Open System Preferences by clicking on the Apple logo.

2. Go to Users & Groups option.

Users & Groups

3. After you click on Users & Groups, you will see a new window. In this window, you can see the list of all existing user accounts on your system.

Existing User Accounts

4. Click on the lock icon to make changes. Then the system will prompt you to enter your password.

Enter your password

5. After this, a new window will appear. Click on the checkbox that says “Allow guests to log into this computer.”

Allow guests to log into this computer

6. You can also put restrictions on a Guest Account. For this, click on the checkbox that says “Enable Parental Controls.”

7. After this, Click on the lock icon to save your changes.


That’s it. You are all set to go. This is how you can create a guest account on your Mac. Please note that if you have FileVault on your Mac and it is switched on, then a guest user will only be able to access Safari Web Browser.

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