How to Remove User Accounts on a MacBook Pro

By Ashley Donohoe

Remove unwanted accounts from your MacBook Pro.
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If you need to get rid of a former or current employee's account and remove his access to your MacBook Pro, as long as you have administrator credentials, Mac OS X enables you to remove any account you choose. You can delete the user's home folder data, save its contents as a disk image or leave it in place. There's also a secure erase option you can use if the user's folder contains sensitive data you don't want anyone to recover.

Right-click the dock's "System Preferences" icon and click "Users & Groups."

Click the gold padlock icon to unlock the settings if necessary. Type your Mac admin password and click "Unlock" to unlock the settings.

Click the account name you want to delete and then click the "-" icon.

Select an option for what you want to be done to the home folder, including "Save the Home Folder in a Disk Image," "Don't Change the Home Folder" or "Delete the Home folder." If you opt to delete the home folder, click the "Erase Home Folder Securely" check box if desired.

Click "Delete User" to finish removing the user account. If you chose to delete the home folder or create a disk image of it, Mac OS X will complete the task in the background.


When you save a user's home folder as a disk image, Mac OS X places the image in the "Deleted Users" folder in the "Users" directory.


If you have only one administrator account, you cannot delete it unless you make another user an administrator.

You can't be logged into the account you want to delete.