Mac administrators can use the root user account to perform tasks that require access to more areas of the system.
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Process to Enable or disable the root user in mac
- Choose Apple menu () > System Preferences, then click Users & Groups (or Accounts).
- Click , then enter an administrator name and password.
- Click Login Options.
- Click Join (or Edit).
- Click Open Directory Utility.
- Click in the Directory Utility window, then enter an administrator name and password.
- From the menu bar in Directory Utility:
- Choose Edit > Enable Root User, then enter the password that you want to use for the root user.
- Or choose Edit > Disable Root User.
Log in as the root user
When the root user is enabled, you have the privileges of the root user only while logged in as the root user.
- Choose Apple menu > Log Out to log out of your current user account.
- At the login window, log in with the user name ”root” and the password you created for the root user.
If the login window is a list of users, click Other, then log in.
Note * Remember to disable the root user after completing your task.