Creating a hidden admin account on a MacBook involves using the Terminal, a powerful tool that lets you interact with the operating system through command lines. Here’s a step-by-step guide to create a hidden admin account:
Backup Your Data
Before making system changes, it’s always a good idea to back up your data.
- Find Terminal: Go to
- Launch Terminal: Double-click to open it.
Create a New User Account
- Enter Command: Type the following command, replacing
passwordwith your desired username and password:
sudo dscl . -create /Users/username
- Set Password: Next, set the password:
sudo dscl . -passwd /Users/username password
Assign Administrative Privileges
- Make User Admin: Run this command to give the new user administrative privileges:
sudo dscl . -append /Groups/admin GroupMembership username
Hide the Admin Account
- Set Unique ID: Assign a unique ID under 500 to hide it from the login screen:
sudo dscl . -create /Users/username UniqueID 499
- Hide User: To hide the user from the login window:
sudo dscl . -create /Users/username IsHidden 1
- Create Home Directory: Optionally, create a home directory for the user:
sudo createhomedir -c -u username
- Restart: Restart your MacBook.
- Be Careful: Terminal commands can significantly affect your system. Ensure you understand each command before running it.
- Admin Privileges: This process requires admin privileges to execute
- Security: Hidden admin accounts can be a security risk, so use this feature responsibly.
Remember, hidden accounts are primarily for system administration, troubleshooting, or privacy purposes and should be used judiciously.