How To Delete A User, A Guest and An Admin Account On Mac

Multiple user accounts are created on Mac to share the system, compartmentalize data and settings, and for other different purposes. These user accounts take up storage space; therefore if you are facing a storage problem on your Mac or want to optimize it, deleting user accounts that are no longer in use is the right thing to do.

Here in this article, we will discuss how to delete a user, an admin account on Mac.

How To Delete A User From Mac

To delete a standard user from your Mac you need administrator access. Therefore, the first step to remove a user from Mac is to be logged in using an administrator account. In addition to this, make sure you are not logged into the same user account that you wish to delete.

Now, that you know what is to be done, let’s move ahead and learn how to delete a user from Mac.

Step to remove the user on Mac.

  1. Ensure you are logged in as an administrator or with an account that has admin rights.
  2. Next, click Apple Menu > System Preferences.remove the user on Mac
  3. Afterward click Users & Groups > click lock icon & unlock lock icon to unlock it
  4. Enter the admin username and password.admin username and password
  5. Choose the user or group you want to delete.Choose the user
  6. Click Remove (-) button.Click Remove (-) button
  7. Choose from any of the three options > Delete User.

What does the option mean?

Save the home folder in a disk image: This will archive the user’s documents and information so that it can be restored when required. The disk image is saved in /Users/Deleted Users/.

Don’t change the home folder: This will leave the user’s documents and information in the Users folder.

Delete the home folder: This will delete all user information and data thereby freeing up storage space on your Mac machine.

Delete the user account

Depending on the space taken up the user account, you can select from any of the three options.

To remove a Guest user, click Guest User and uncheck the box that reads “Allow guests to log in to this computer.”

To remove a Guest user

Using these simple steps, you can delete a user from your Mac. In addition to this, if we want to remove an admin account, we’ve covered it too.

How To Delete Admin User On Mac

Before removing admin users on Mac, remember once you delete admin users from Mac, you will no longer be able to login using those credentials. However, if you have decided to remove admin profiles from Mac you need to keep following things in mind.

Prerequisite to delete admin account on Mac computer:

  • Need an alternate admin account
  • Save all relevant data of the admin account you want to delete on either an external driver or on third party cloud service
  • Admin’s home folder can also be saved on Mac computer so that it can be restored later

Steps to delete admin account on your Mac

  1. Head to System Preferences > Users & users and groups
  2. Click the padlock icon present in the bottom left corner.padlock icon to make changes
  3. Enter login details.admin username and password
  4. Now select admin user from the list on the admin user
  5. Click – icon to remove the selected admin account.remove the select admin user
  6. If you think you might want the admin account in the future click “Save the home folder in a disk image,” option from the pop-up menu. However, if you want to delete it permanently, you can select “Delete the home folder.”
  7. Once the desired option is chosen click Delete User.Delete the user account
  8. To exit and to prevent from anyone or yourself from making click the unlocked padlock to lock the lock for further changes

Using these simple steps, you can delete a Mac user, guest user account, and even admin account from your Mac. This will allow the recovery of storage space and de-clutter the Mac.

Many times, we forget about these profiles and wonder what is taking up storage space. We hope after using this guide on how to delete a user from Mac, you will be able to solve the mystery and recover storage space.

Not only this by deleting the guest user, but you will also be able to block people from accessing your Mac without a password.

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  • Rick
    I have a guest user account on my iMac, that showed up without my knowledge as administrator. I am unable to delete it, bc when i sect it, the delete (minus sign) grays and i cannot select it. Puzzled as to why/where this guest account came from, and why I can’t remove it. There is already an available guest account on our IMAC for guest us.

    2 years ago Reply

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