If you have an account on your Mac that’s no longer used and is taking up valuable disk space, you can remove it in just a few steps. Our guide will take you through everything you need to do to delete a user on a Mac quickly and easily.
Step 1: Ensure you have administrator access
Deleting a user on a Mac requires you to have administrator access. You’ll need to be logged in to the administrator account and know the admin username and password to delete a user. You’ll also have to ensure you’re not logged in to the account you wish to delete — if you want to delete an administrator account, you’ll have to create another admin account and log in with that first.
Step 2: Enter the administrator password in System Preferences
Now that you’re ready to go, click the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your screen, then click System Preferences > Users & Groups.
Once you’re on the Users & Groups pane, click the padlock in the bottom-left corner and enter the admin username and password. This prevents any unauthorized changes from being made to user accounts.
Step 3: Remove the unwanted account
To remove the unwanted account, simply click the account name in the users’ list, then click the minus sign at the bottom of the window. You’ll have a few options, which we’ll go over below.
- Save the home folder in a disk image: If you feel like you might want to restore the user account later, this is one option you can choose. It archives all the user’s documents and information to pick back up where they left off if they gain access to their account one again. The disk image of their files is saved in /Users/Deleted Users/.
- Don’t change the home folder: This removes the user account from the login screen, but most other things are left in place. Their home folder remains in /Users/ and you can restore their account later if you want to.
- Delete the home folder: This will completely remove the user’s home folder and all their information and documents, freeing up whatever space they occupied. If you want to restore their account, you will have to set it up from scratch again.
When you’ve made your choice, click Done.
Step 4: Remove the guest user option
The guest user account gives someone access to the primary features of your Mac without messing with your specific settings. You’ll have to sign out of your primary account to give someone guest access. Get rid of this option to eliminate someone else having any access to your computer at all.