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How to turn a standard account to an admin account on Mac OS X

Posted by Lou TarDisk on 2017-05-02


The admin user account is the highest level of a user on a Mac – it gives you the authority to remove and modify software, add additional accounts, reset passwords, change permissions, and more. Basically, if you want to change anything on your Mac, you'll probably need to do it via the admin account, which is why only trusted users should use your Mac as an admin.

Standard user accounts, on the other hand, only have limited control over your Mac's functions. They can, among other things, create and change files and access folders if they have permission from the admin.

You can always upgrade a standard account to an admin account – though only an admin can do this. Here's how:

  • First, click on the Apple icon at the top of your screen and navigate to “System Preferences”. Select “Users & Groups”.
  • You´ll need to authenticate the current user. In the corner there´s a lock icon: click on it to unlock it.
  • Now, select which account you want to turn into Admin and navigate to “Allow the user to administer this computer”.
  • Check the box to grant admin powers to that account.

That's it! Just close out “System Preferences” and your job is finished.

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