We’re sure that many times a friend or your family members want to borrow your Mac, but the first thing passing through your mind is how to prevent your private files from being illegally accessed. Don’t worry as macOS allows users to create a guest account that is different from the personal account.
The guest account still lets other people to use your Mac, but they won’t have permission to access to any of the files stored on your admin account. You can limit the things used on a guest account. When guest users create or download a file in the guest account, it is only stored temporarily and then deleted automatically after they log out or turn off your Mac.
The guest account is a good solution when you’re handing your Mac to a friend and you can control your private files. Here’s step-by-step guide to set up a guest user account on macOS.
How to Set Up a Guest User Account on macOS
- First, click on the Apple logo and choose System Preferences.
- Then, click on Users & Groups.
- Now, you will view a list of all the available user accounts on the left pane in the Users & Groups Click on the lock icon to make changes.
- Next, enter your system password.
- Finally, click on “Guest User” and then tick on the “Allow guests to log in to this computer” box.
Note: if you have enabled the FileVault, then guest users will only access Safari browser.
How to Add Restrictions to a Guest User Account
To limit the apps and features for a guest account, you need to enable parental controls for that account. Doing this, you can restrict guests from using certain apps, websites, and more. Here’s how to do:
- First, choose “Guest User” on the Users & Groups preferences window, and then tick on “Enable parental controls” box.
- Next, click on Open Parental Controls.
- Here choose the restrictions for the guest user account.
Once you enable the guest account, it will be available from the login screen without requiring the password for logging into the account. Once the guest user logs out, it will automatically delete all the files and other information.