Create Hidden Admin Accounts on Macbook

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.

Open Terminal

  1. Find Terminal: Go to Applications > Utilities > Terminal.
  2. Launch Terminal: Double-click to open it.

Create a New User Account

  1. Enter Command: Type the following command, replacing username and password with your desired username and password:
   sudo dscl . -create /Users/username
  1. Set Password: Next, set the password:
   sudo dscl . -passwd /Users/username password

Assign Administrative Privileges

  1. Make User Admin: Run this command to give the new user administrative privileges:
   sudo dscl . -append /Groups/admin GroupMembership username

Hide the Admin Account

  1. Set Unique ID: Assign a unique ID under 500 to hide it from the login screen:
   sudo dscl . -create /Users/username UniqueID 499
  1. Hide User: To hide the user from the login window:
   sudo dscl . -create /Users/username IsHidden 1

Final Steps

  • Create Home Directory: Optionally, create a home directory for the user:
  sudo createhomedir -c -u username
  • Restart: Restart your MacBook.

Important Considerations

  • 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 sudo commands.
  • 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.

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