Upon initial boot into macOS 14 Sonoma, users will observe a revamped login screen courtesy of Apple. This screen is where one inputs their password to gain access to their user account. The change may come as a surprise, as the login screen is typically not a focal point for most users. Here is a comprehensive guide to the updated login process:
At a glance
Time to complete: 5 minutes
Required materials: Sonoma for macOS operating system.
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Your account is listed at the bottom.
Instead of appearing in the middle of the screen, accounts now appear at the bottom center. Why the move? So the login doesn’t interfere with the visual aesthetic of the image displayed.
How to view different profiles
If this is your initial experience with Sonoma, the primary account on your Mac will be displayed. To view additional accounts, hover over the account icon. This will open a menu. Select the desired account and input its password.
How to change the settings for the Lock Screen
You can customize the Lock Screen settings in System Settings. These settings allow you to toggle the display of the clock (which is also shown in the menu bar), show password hints, display messages when the screen is locked, and show options for Sleep, Restart, and Shut Down.
How to enable automatic login
To ensure that the Mac consistently logs into a specific account, you can enable auto login. Navigate to System Settings > Users & Groups and locate the option for “Automatically log in as.” Choose a user from the drop-down menu and input a password to confirm the change. A second window will prompt for the password of the desired auto login account.