Need help?

Chat with a Tech Pro about services & pricing.

Special Offer: All students, parents, & educators get 50% off tech support for the entire school year. Select the Support - Annual plan and enter code “EdTech50” during checkout.

How to Turn Standard User to an Administrator on Mac

Authored by:
Support.com Tech Pro Team
This Guided Path® was written and reviewed by Support.com’s Tech Pro team. With decades of experience, our Tech Pros are passionate about making technology work for you. We love feedback! Let us know what you think about this Guided Path® by rating it at the end.

Introduction

In This Guide
You'll Learn:
  • How to convert standard or managed user accounts to administrator on your Mac for each person you wish to give more privileges.

1 Convert User to Administrator

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences.
    Screenshot of the Apple menu, with System Preferences selected.
  2. Click Users & Groups.
    Screenshot of the System Preferences window, with Users & Groups selected.
  3. Click the lock icon to unlock it, then enter an administrator name and password.
    Lock icon.
  4. Select a standard user or managed user in the list of users, then select “Allow user to administer this computer.
    Screenshot of the Users & Groups window with the Allow user to administer this computer selected with a checkmark.
  5. You've successfully converted the standard user to an administrator.

We're here to help!

chat
Connect to a Tech Pro

Call or chat with a Tech Pro 24/7.

In This Guide
You'll Learn:
  • How to convert standard or managed user accounts to administrator on your Mac for each person you wish to give more privileges.
  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences.
    Screenshot of the Apple menu, with System Preferences selected.
  2. Click Users & Groups.
    Screenshot of the System Preferences window, with Users & Groups selected.
  3. Click the lock icon to unlock it, then enter an administrator name and password.
    Lock icon.
  4. Select a standard user or managed user in the list of users, then select “Allow user to administer this computer.
    Screenshot of the Users & Groups window with the Allow user to administer this computer selected with a checkmark.
  5. You've successfully converted the standard user to an administrator.