Here is how to turn a Standard account into an Admin account on Mac OS X

Creating multiple Mac user accounts is really useful if someone else wants to use your computer, or simply if you want to create a different account for work. Remember that no matter how many new user accounts you create on your Mac, these are just standard accounts. Basically, a standard Mac user account allows its user to have access to their files, open applications and nothing more. This means that you cannot make any administrative changes on your Mac, which is what an admin user account does.

However, there are times when you want to turn a standard user account into an admin account for work and something else. There is a simple way that allows you to make that happen on your Mac.

In this post, we will detail on how you can change a standard user account to an admin account on Mac OS X.

Before we get started, there is one thing you should bear in mind; an administrator account means that you are now at the highest level of account on your Mac. With an admin account, you can do everything you want on your Mac including the ability to remove a user account, reset passwords, re-install software and much more. Therefore, if you tend to give the administrator level account access to someone else, think twice. Make sure you hand it to trusted users to avoid possible security threats.

Here is how to turn a Standard Account into Administrator Account on Mac OS X

Note that the below-mentioned procedure works with any version of Mac OS X. Here we go:

Step 1: First and foremost, click on System Preferences from the Apple Menu on the top.

Step 2: Navigate to Users & Groups and click on it.

Step 3: You will see the unlock button in the left corner, clicking on it means you will authenticate the current user.

Step 4: Choose the account you want to change to the admin account in the left sidebar, and then check the box next to Allow user to administer this computer. You now have granted the admin level access to that user.

Step 5: Exit the System Preferences, and the change is instant.


That’s it! You have just given the admin level account access to the selected account. Make sure this is someone you can trust. From now on, the new admin user account will be able to change system settings, change passwords and install new apps on your Mac.

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