When you first install macOS 14 Sonoma, you’ll notice that Apple has redesigned the Lock Screen, where users enter their account and password to access the Mac. It can be a bit of a surprise, especially since the Lock Screen is something you probably don’t give much thought to after you log in. Let’s go over the changes to the Lock Screen.
Check out our macOS Sonoma guide for more information about the latest version of the Mac operating system.
At a glance
Time to complete: 5 minutes
Materials required: macOS Sonoma
Your account appears 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 see other accounts
If this is your first time using Sonoma, the first account on the Mac will appear. To see other accounts, move the pointer to the account icon. This will make a list appear. Click on the account you want to use and enter its password.
How to adjust the Lock Screen settings
The Lock Screen has settings you can adjust in System Settings. The settings you can tweak include the ability to not show the large clock (the time appears in the menu bar), show password hints, show messages when locked, and show the Sleep, Restart, and Shut Down buttons.
How to set auto login
If you want the Mac to always log into the same account, you can set it to auto login. Go to System Settings > Users & Groups, and then look for the setting for “Automatically log in as.” Once you select a user from the pop-up menu, you’ll have to enter a password to allow the change, and then another window appears asking for the password of the account you want to auto log in.