How to Delete a User on Mac

Get rid of those extra Mac accounts

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Mac users can create additional accounts on their computers, but there are several reasons to decrease the number of additional accounts as well. Whatever the cause, deleting an additional account is a very simple process. Here's how to delete a user on a Mac.

  1. Go to System Preferences.

  2. Go to Users & Groups.

  3. Click the padlock in the bottom left corner, then input your password.

  4. Select the user account you wish to delete.

  5. Click the minus in the bottom left corner.

  6. Select your preferred action for the account's Home folder. These include:

    • Save the home folder of the account on your computer’s disk image. This will save the information in this folder in a Deleted Users folder. 
    • Make no changes to the home folder. This will save information from the folder in the standard Users folder.
    • Delete the home folder. This will wipe all information on this account from the computer. 
  7. Click Delete User.

    Settings to delete a user account from a Mac computer
  8. Repeat these instructions if you have other accounts you want to delete. Click the padlock once more to lock the account from any further changes.

The lock function should always be on if you're not making changes to your computer.