Automatic login not working?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by iBlazed, Jul 7, 2014.

  1. iBlazed macrumors 68000

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    For some reason when I go into Login Options and try to enable Automatic login, it won't let me. The drop down menu to toggle between on and off is just greyed out. Any ideas? I hate having to type in my password all the time
     
  2. Dj64Mk7 macrumors 6502a

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    In the left-hand corner, there is a padlock icon. Click it, and enter your password. You will then be able to change the Automatic login setting.
     
  3. iBlazed thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I had already done that, it still wont let me.
     

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  4. Dj64Mk7 macrumors 6502a

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    EDIT: In "Security and Privacy", make sure "Disable automatic login" is unchecked.
     
  5. iBlazed thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Don't have that option, there's a weird grey box there too. Looks like a UI glitch.
     

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  6. nathanalf macrumors regular

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    Mine shows up, and you can uncheck it but then it leads to this and gives no options in the 'automatically log in as' drop down.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Dj64Mk7 macrumors 6502a

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    That's very strange. Have you submitted a bug report yet?
     
  8. iBlazed thread starter macrumors 68000

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    You betcha, with screenshots and all.

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    Yeah this is clearly an issue. Bug report submitted.
     
  9. z06gal macrumors 6502

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    I can't make any changes to log in either. My settings look identical to yours
     
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  11. salsachip4 macrumors newbie

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    Automatic Login Fixed

    Here was the fix I used.

    Under Security & Privacy I changed my login password to something other than my apple ID password.

    Then I went back into Users & Groups Login Settings and I was able to enter my auto login password and it was set and ready to go.
     
  12. iBlazed thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Funny, Apple doesn't seem to think it's an issue...
    Not sure how being logged into iCloud on my Mac has anything to do with autologin when starting my computer or waking from sleep.

     
  13. swindlenz macrumors member

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    FileVault is on and your mac in encrypted. This is why the option is not there.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1746422

    Turn off FileVault and it will appear again. If I am following correctly. This happened with an update, and it asked you, and you did it, but you didn't realise what that meant. Like me.

    Your mac cannot be allowed to automatically login with FileVault encryption enabled.
     
  14. iBlazed thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ahh this did it! Amazing you were able to tell me this and Apple's developers were not.
     
  15. iBlazed thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Even with file vault disabled, it still won't auto login when waking from sleep. Apple has reopened the bug report and I'm still going back and forth with them.
     
  16. mmomega macrumors demi-god

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    Apple isn't going to tell you to disable a security feature to enable a convenience feature.

    Either way, I am trying to figure this out as well.
    Auto-Login works fine on my iMac that was upgraded from Mavericks with autologin already enabled.
    My MBA is a clean install.
     
  17. mmomega, Jul 23, 2014
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    mmomega macrumors demi-god

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    Ok, I got it to work just now .

    Here are the steps I took

    From System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> General
    Unlock the Lock in the lower left corner

    I had to make sure all 3 options are not ticked, the 1st option, Require Password after sleep or screen saver begins was initially ticked.
    I ticked all options and then un ticked them all.

    Filevault
    FileVault is disabled, but already was

    System Preferences -> Users & Groups -> Login Items
    I disabled automatic login and re-enabled it and entered the account password password

    Clicked the lock to make changes, restarted and it auto-login worked.

    **What the devs were asking was if you were using your iCloud account information to sign in to your computer. This is a new option.**
     

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  18. ABC5S Suspended

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    Found a easier way if one is using your iCloud passcode as your log in passcode. Yosemite doesn't like this, and I had to change my log in passcode to something different than my iCloud. Easy to do..

    Security and Privacy > General > Change Password > Now just change the password other than your iCloud password, but remember the second one. Now you can uncheck disable auto log in....
     

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  19. viizi macrumors regular

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    worked, thanks
     
  20. g8keeper22 macrumors newbie

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    I was having the exact same problem. Changing my user password to something OTHER than my iCloud account password cleared everything up. Annoying, but at least it works. THANKS!
     
  21. madisongeeks macrumors newbie

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    we see this issue frequently when setting up new macs. one of the most common reason we see it greyed out, is because the user has no password set for their user account.

    and of course, most unix / linux system frown on this. so before you can do other options, like auto login... set a password. even if it needs to be simple. (say for grandma, etc)

    :cool:
     
  22. Matty B macrumors newbie

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    Automatic Log In

    @ System Preferences / User Groups - I found this when searching the "question marks" (bottom R corner)

    "When FileVault is enabled, automatic login is disabled".

    I gather that's why it's greyed out, as it was on my Macbook Air.

    Read the "question mark" @System Preferences / Security & Privacy / Fire Vault. I suggest you read this carefully and decide if disabling Fire Vault is right for you.

    Cheers,

    Matt
     
  23. come_on_guys macrumors newbie

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    isn't that the problem?!
     
  24. Hugh Jas macrumors newbie

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    I confirm that the below fix works: basically MacOS doesn't let you use automatic login as long as your login password is the same as your iCloud password, so as long as you choose a separate password for the MacOS login, you can do any changes you want (eg. Automatic login will be available).

     

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