How to Become an Administrator on a Mac

This article is for Mac users who want to be an administrator, or more commonly, "Admin" on their computer, but don't know how. Read on to find out!


Go to System Preferences, if you’re already on the user whom you want to be Administrator of.

This should be on your dock.

Go to “Users and Groups”, which is under “System”.

  • Once there, you should see a bar with all of the users. Yours (the current user) should be on top.
  • Click on the lock at the bottom of the screen.WH.shared.addScrollLoadItem(‘a6970a8beeb483745d40c1852fe9176a’)
  • Type in a current Administrator’s username and password in the spaces provided. If you don’t have access to this information, you probably shouldn’t be Admin on that computer.WH.shared.addScrollLoadItem(‘4aa10efdcfb23972a0dbd272fd53f5f2’)

Click on the “Allow user to administer this computer” button.

  • A pop-up should come up, saying that, for these changes to take effect, you must restart your computer. Do so, and your user should be an Admin and have Admin powers!WH.shared.addScrollLoadItem(‘849d1ad3590bb9c4b2368ca30ae98cb6’)

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