How to change the root password in macOS High Sierra

A lot of Mac owners have recently discovered a serious security vulnerability in macOS that gives anyone admin access to their Mac. Keep in mind that a user with an admin right can access and change system settings on a Mac. Even though Apple has released a fix for this issue, you need to make sure that nothing will happen in the future.

There is a simple way to ensure that no one can access your Mac with full admin right. The best part is that this method doesn’t require an additional software or program. However, the process might be unknown to some folks out there. No worries because we are here to help.

In this guide, we will go you through the steps to change the root password on your Mac. Before we begin, make sure that you are now running macOS High Sierra. If you are not sure, update your Mac first.

How to change the root password in macOS High Sierra

Step one: First off, head to the Apple menu at the top of the screen, then click on it and select System Preferences from the pull-down menu

Step two: Next up, locate Users & Groups and then click on it. Once you are in, locate the Lock icon at the bottom left corner of the screen and click on it to make changes

Step three: Enter your username and password for your admin account and then hit Login Options

Step four: Hit Edit and then click Open Directory Utility. After that, click the padlock icon when it shows up and provide your username and password for your admin account

Step five: Open the Menu bar in Directory Utility, click on Edit and then hit Change Root Password

Step six: Now just simply select a password for the root user account to complete the task.

Also read: How to take portrait selfies on your iPhone X

Got any issues during the process? Don’t forget to let us know in the comments below.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.