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How to Delete a User on Mac

Whether you're looking to remove an old account or simply tidy up your system, understanding how to delete a user account on your Mac is essential. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll not only provide step-by-step instructions on deleting a user on Mac but also explain why and in what cases you may need to take this action. Read on to learn more.


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How to remove an account from Mac

If you're looking to remove a profile from your Mac, whether it's an old user account or to tidy up your system, we've got you covered.


Follow the steps below to get it done:

  1. To begin, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select System Preferences from the drop-down menu
  2. Go to Users & Groups—it’s represented by two people's silhouettes
    • If the lock icon at the bottom-left corner of the window is closed, click on it and enter your administrator password to unlock the preferences. If you don’t have a need for them (i.e. on macOS Ventura), skip this step
  3. In the left pane of the Users & Groups window, you’ll see a list of user accounts. Click on the user to remove the profile
  4. In the confirmation window, you'll be presented with two options: "Delete the user account and its home folder" and "Keep the user account and its home folder." To complete the removal process, select the former and click the corresponding button.
Accessing System Preferences from the Apple menu as the primary step to start the removal of a profile on a Mac
Step 1. Enter System Preferences
The Users & Groups tab is shown, highlight with the blue color and the red frame, as the next step for the user to take
Step 2. Navigate to Users & Groups
Selecting the user account to delete from your Mac for streamlined account management and system organization
Step 3. Select the user to delete
After the necessary account is selected, proceed with deleting it in the new window opened
Step 4. Click on Delete Account
The Confirmation message sent by the Users & Groups app. Choose to delete the home folder and confirm the action by clicking on the Delete Account button
Step 5. Confirm deletion

How to remove an admin user from Mac

If you need to delete an admin user from your Mac, follow the previous instructions but with a few corrections:

  1. This time, in the list of users on the left pane of the Users & Groups window, select the Admin User you want to delete
  2. Click on the minus (-) button located below the user list. A confirmation window will appear. In the confirmation window, give your approval by selecting the "Delete the user account and its home folder" option, and then click the corresponding button to finalize the deletion process.

Once completed, the user account will be successfully removed from your Mac.

The Users & Groups window shows the list of all the users having access to this Mac. Choose the admin one from it
Step 1. Choose the admin account in the list
In the new window opened, find the button Delete Account in the bottom left corner and click on it
Step 2. Click on Delete Account
The Users & Groups app now will send you a confirmation pop-up, in which you need to click on the Delete Account button
Step 3. Confirm your action once again

How to delete a guest user on Mac

Now, let's discuss the process of deleting a guest user account. To remove a guest user, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Users & Groups section in System Preferences
  2. Unlock preferences by clicking on the lock icon and entering your password
  3. Select the Guest User In the left pane of the Users & Groups window and click on the minus (-) button
  4. Confirm the deletion In the confirmation window.
Confirming the deletion of the Guest User account and navigating the confirmation window with the home page to be erased in a secure way

Simplify user management on Mac for enhanced privacy and security

Managing user accounts and fleeting a user on your Mac is now easier than ever. It’s a straightforward process that can help you manage your accounts and maintain a clean system. By following the steps outlined in our article, you can remove unwanted user accounts with ease and update the actual information.


Throughout this process, we encourage you to take advantage of MacKeeper's VPN Private Connect tool. With our VPN, you can safeguard your browsing history, protect your online privacy, and avoid tracking. And if you strive for more data protection, get to know how to remove login passwords for all user account types.

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