Enable Root User and access the parts of Mac

Mac users often wonder how to enable the Root User account in the system. Hence this guide is mentioning the methods and steps to enable the Root User account in Mac systems. You need to go deep into your Mac to enable this account, but before proceeding with the method, you should know the reason for enabling the account.

Mac has some files which cannot be accessed through a user account. The Root User account allows you to access these files and move them without setting any complexities. The file deletion, recovery and scanning becomes easier in the account. But, the modification or changes in these files can cause severe damage or harm to the Mac system. So you must acknowledge the necessity to enable the Root User account and access the files.

Here is how to enable Root User and access the parts of Mac

Create the Root User Account

To create the Root User account, you will require to refer the System Preferences of your Mac.

  1. Click the Apple logo and a drop-down menu list will open.
  2. Now, click System Preferences from the menu.
  3. Select the Users & Groups.
  4. Move to the bottom left of the window and click the lock icon.
  5. Enter the Admin username and password.
  6. Click the Login Options and click to Join tab.
  7. Click the Open Directory Utility tab.
  8. Again, click the lock icon from the left bottom of the corner.
  9. Enter the password and go to Directory Utility.
  10. Click Edit from the toolbar and select Enable Root User option.
  11. Type a password. Ensure that the password should not match with the admin account and you can remember it.
  12. When you are done with providing the password, click Ok.
  13. You just created the Root User account.

The Terminal is an alternative method to create a Root User account.

Press Command + N key combination to open Finder window in your Mac.

  1. Click Application and move to click Utility option.
  2. Now click to launch Terminal.
  3. Type the command – dsenableroot and press the Return or Enter key.
  4. The admin username will display.
  5. Now, enter the admin password.
  6. Press Return key.
  7. You may require to enter the password again and press Enter.
  8. The Terminal will pop up the Root User message.

Log into Root User account

It is not complicated to log into the Root User account on the Mac system. The login is similar to other accounts.

  1. Log out of the current account from your Mac.
  2. Now, the Mac login screen will appear.
  3. Click the Other option.
  4. Now enter the login credentials which you recently created for your Root User account.
  5. The account will look like a regular user account, but the difference is that the account is allowing to access every file in the system.

If you do not require the Root User, then you can disable the account.

  1. Click the Apple logo and open the drop-down menu.
  2. Click System Preferences and move to Users & Groups option.
  3. Click the lock icon and proceed to enter the admin password.
  4. Click the Login Options and select Join tab.
  5. Go to the Open Directory Utility and click the Edit tab.
  6. Now select Disable, the Root User.

Remember, you must access the Root User account only when it is necessary or else the modification in the files may change the settings of the system. The Root can make the system vulnerable and easy prey to malware, hence it is a piece of advice to log out of the account and return to the regular account on your Mac system.

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