Here's how to customize your Mac's login screen with power options, password prompts, custom messages, and more.
On your Mac, you've probably customized the menu bar, dock, and other elements. But did you know that macOS also lets you customize the login screen to your liking? For added security, you may require both a username and a password when you log in. Perhaps you often forget your password and want to display a prompt. Do you have a favorite quote that you love to read first thing in the morning? You can also include it on your login screen.
We will show you how to change the login screen on Mac in this article.
Change the look of your Mac's login screen
Most of the settings for the login screen can be found in your System Preferences. You can use these settings to enable automatic login, display a list of users, display control buttons, enable VoiceOver, and more.
To get started, from the menu bar go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Users & Groups. You may need to unlock User & Groups preferences before making changes to the login screen. If so, click the lock icon in the lower-left corner of the window, enter your password when prompted, and then click Unlock.
Now, at the bottom of the left pane, click on Login Options. Choose one of the following options to use on the login screen on the right side of the resulting page.
Mac Login Screen Settings
Automatic Login: Instead of having to enter your credentials every time you start your Mac, this feature allows you to go straight to the desktop. To enable automatic login, turn it on and enter the user's account name and password. This is convenient if only you use your Mac and keep it in a safe place. If FileVault is enabled, automatic login is disabled by default. See our FileVault guide for more information on this feature.
You have the option of displaying the login window as: a list of users or name and password. The first allows you to choose your username before entering your password, while the latter requires both. Choose Name and Password if you are concerned about security, as this requires you to know both the username and password.
Show buttons for Sleep, Restart, and Shut Down: If you check this box, these controls will appear on the login screen.
In the login window, show Input Menu: When Input Menu is enabled, the user can choose which language to use on the Mac before logging in. In. This is useful if you frequently switch between languages ââor keyboard formats.
You can enable the display of password prompts when you click the question mark or enter the wrong password three times in a row.
Click a user on the left and choose a password to add or change a password hint. Then choose Change Password from the drop-down menu. Replace your old password with the new one. Then, at the bottom, type your password hint and click Change Password.
- Password prompt for Mac login screen
Show a quick user switching menu like this: This option allows you to quickly switch between users from the Mac menu bar. Full names, account names or an icon can all be displayed. To prevent further changes, click the Lock button once again after making your selection.
On the login screen, enable the Accessibility option.
On the login screen, you can use VoiceOver, Zoom, Sticky Keys, and other accessibility features. Check the boxes for the items you want to display after you click the Accessibility Options button.
Accessibility Options for the Mac Login Screen
When you enable any of these accessibility features, your options will apply to all users on the system. Sign-in page When a feature is turned off, it is turned off for all users on the screen.
Customize the login screen with a message
On the login screen, you can add a custom message. For example, you might want to start your day with your favorite motivational quote. Optionally, you can include your contact information so that an honest person who finds your Mac can contact you and return it.
To add a message to your login screen, go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Security & Privacy from the menu bar.
To make this change, click the Lock button and enter your password if necessary. So just follow these easy steps:
- Toggle on the General tab.
Select Show message when the screen is locked from the Show message when the screen is locked drop-down menu, and then select Set Lock Message. In the pop-up dialog box, type the message you want to appear on the login screen, then click OK.
- Messages on Mac Login Screen
Your message will appear at the bottom of the login screen the next time you lock your screen or turn on your Mac.
Change Your Profile Picture
- User profile pictures appear above the names if you access the login screen with the list of users mentioned earlier. You can easily change your profile picture if you want.
- Change your profile picture by going to Apple menu > System Preferences > Users & Groups. Then, to change your image, do the following:
- Choose your user profile from the menu on the left. When the profile picture appears, hover your cursor over it and click Edit.
- Choose the location of the image you want to use in the pop-up window, or choose Camera to take a photo with your Mac's camera.
- Use the zoom slider to adjust the photo if desired.
- Save the file.
- Change your Mac's profile photo