How Do I Get My Mac To Stop Asking For My Password?

You may have noticed that your Mac asks you for your password when you start it up or when you wake it up. This is a security measure that helps to block unwanted users from accessing your data. If you’re annoyed by the constant password requirement for all of the functions on your Mac, you’ll be pleased to know that you can turn it off by following a few simple steps. Before you decide to turn off the password requirement function on your Mac it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons of doing so. By turning off the password requirement on your Mac, you may be at risk when using your Mac over public WI-FI in places like coffee shops and libraries.

However, if you only use your Mac at home, it’s unlikely you’ll be exposed to potential security threats.

Here’s how to turn off the password requirement system on your Mac

Step 1. Click the Apple icon in the top-left corner of the screen and select System Preferences.

system preferences

Step 2. Select Security and Privacy. If needed, toggle over to the General tab

About this Mac

Step 3. Untick the box labeled Requires Password and enter your Mac’s password in the pop-up window

Security and privacy

Step 4. Confirm your choice by clicking Turn off screen lock

Turn off screen lock

In the General tab, you can also set up a time limit before your screen locks. Every time your Mac goes to sleep it will ask you for your password for security reasons. We recommend keeping your screen lock enabled though for security reasons. If you’re fed up with it going to sleep too quickly, just set up the time limit to a duration of your choice. It’s also worth pointing out that Apple will ask you for your password by default when making major changes to your Mac to make sure that it’s the Admin of the device that is trying to make the changes.

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About S. Santos

I am a tech columnist and blogger by trade, but I'm also an avid tennis player. In my spare time, I enjoy reviewing gadgets and gizmos from the world of tech. A lot has changed in the field since I started out as a writer back in 2009, so it's always exciting to keep up with all that's new. To me, there's nothing quite like getting my hands on a brand-new gadget or piece of software for the first time -- it's like Christmas morning every day!

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