If you are a Mac User and want to enable the superuser account for it, then you are at right place. In this article, I am going to provide you the complete guide for Enabling and Disabling the Root User for your Mac OS. Mac administrators can use the root user account to perform tasks that require access to more areas of the system.
After enabling the root account, you will get more access to read and write privileges to more areas of the system, including files in other macOS user accounts. A root account can access everything. The root account can be used for anything beyond systems administrators or for troubleshooting some particularly advanced and complex issues.
Steps to Enable the Root Account
For successful enabling of the Root Account and for Root User, follow these simple steps.
Step 1: First, open the System Preferences and go to the “Users & Groups” option.
Step 2: Now, in the Users & Group Windows, click on the “Lock Button” at the bottom left side of the window. After that enter your password, and then click the “Login Options” link just above the lock.
Step 3: After successful login, now click the “Join” button next to the Network Account Server entry.
Step 4: After clicking on the Join Button, a pop-up will appear. In this pop-up window, click the “Open Directory Utility” button. Again, a new window will appear.
Step 5: In the new window of Directory Utility, click the Lock at the bottom left again, and then enter your password.
Step 6: Now, from the Menu Bar, open the “Edit” menu, and then click the “Enable Root User” command.
Step 7: After Enabling the Root User, you have to set the new Password for the root user. So, set the strong password and remember it.
After completing the above steps, you are done with creating the new Root User for your Mac OS.
How to Login as Root User
After creating the root account, now its time to learn how you can use that root account successfully. It is not a very difficult task. Just follow few steps to Login as Root User. But, before login as root user, you have to first log out your current account.
Step 1: After you log out your current account, you will be redirected to login window again. Here, along with your normal account, you will see another option named as “Other…“. Click on Other option.
Step 2: Now, you can see the options to enter your username and password. Type “root” as your username, and use the new password you created for root.
After this, you are now successfully logged in to the root account. Now, you have the full access to your system.
How to Disable or Change Password of Root Account
If you want to Disable the Root Account or want to Change the Password of it, then it is so simple. Just follow the simple steps.
For disabling or changing the password of the root account, do it from the Directory Utility, which you can access as outlined above using System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Options. From Directory Utility, click ‘Edit” in the menu bar and you’ll find the “Disable Root User” and “Change Root Password” commands. See the image above for your reference.
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