What is the correct way to create user account on new Mac?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Gene S, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. Gene S macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2010
    I have a new MacBook Pro on the way, and I want to make sure I get it set up correctly.

    On my iMac, I only have an Admin account. I've been told this is the wrong way to go, I should be using a User account.

    When I first turn on the MBP, what is the correct order of steps I need to take to make a User account? Don't I have to make an Admin account first, to create a User account?

    (If I remember from my iMac, it asks for my name, and .mac ID or whatever. Thats the reason why I don't have a User account, my info is already used by the Admin account.)

    For 99.9% of the time, I will be the sole user of the MBP (as I am for my iMac). For they other .1% they can use the guest account.

    Then in the same vein of questioning, is there a way to "downgrade" my current Admin account on my iMac to a User account?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    There is no need to use a "Standard" account (what you call "user"), running the Mac as an admin is just fine. Many do this and experience no problems. I have run Mac OS X for seven years via admin accounts and have had not any problems with that.
    If something needs access to system critical files or folders, it will ask for your admin password anyway.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Many people opt to use a standard account for their normal day to day stuff and an admin account for updates and system maintenance type tasks

    It's primary benefit is protecting the system from intended or intended actions. While many people use a single admin account there are benefits from restricting access.

    With a new computer or a reinstall you are present with a series of screens to create a new account and that new account is an admin account. You have to have at least one admin account.

    After which you can create multiple accounts (both standard and/or admin). To create the accounts go into the system preferences and select Accounts. Click on the plus sign on the lower left (of the padlock icon is unlocked if locked unlock it and enter your password) select the account type and details. You now have a new account :)
  4. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    IMHO there is no reason to have a standard account if you will be doing administration of the computer. Standard accounts are good for users that are not to be allowed to install software or make other changes (such as children).

    There are reasons to have two accounts, one that you use and another one (with admin privileges) that is kept around for diagnostic and recovery purposes. It can be a life saver if your user account gets hosed and you can't get logged in.

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