Check your Mac user account type

A user account defines the actions a user can perform on a Mac. You can create the following types of user accounts on your Mac:

  • Administrator account

  • Standard account

  • Managed account

Each account has different privileges. An administrator account gives you access to all areas of the Mac, install and update software, create and maintain other user accounts.

If you do not know your user account type, you can check it in System Preferences.

Check your Mac user account type

  1. On the Apple menu, click System Preferences.

  2. Click Users & Groups.

  3. On the left side of the Users & Groups window, view your account name and account type.

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DOCID: v6476344_nsmac_retail_en_us
Operating System: Mac OS X
Last modified: 09/01/2017