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Mac OS X Lion: Hide Guest User Account

Recently, I upgraded my MacBook Pro to the latest incremental update of Lion which is version 10.7.2. The upgrade went fine but I noticed that upon logging-in, the Guest user account is now visible/appearing from my login screen every time I boot up my Mac. I thought this was caused by iCloud and Find My Mac feature of OSX Lion but it’s not!

Hiding back the Guest user can be achieved by Checking a single checkbox found under Security & Privacy of your Mac’s System Preferences. Restart. Voila! Guest User account is now gone on my login screen window!

The Fix:
1. Go to System Preferences
2. Under Personal section, click the Security & Privacy icon
3. Click the ‘lock’ icon to make changes.
4. Under General tab, just check the option box titled “Disabling restarting to Safari when screen is locked
5. Click the lock key again to secure your preferences.
6. Restart your machine
7. No Guest User will be displayed on the Login Screen Window


Security & Privacy Window


7 responses to “Mac OS X Lion: Hide Guest User Account

  1. Alejandro Escobell December 27, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Thank you for this… it was driving me nuts 🙂

  2. mb January 22, 2012 at 3:27 am

    Seems like Lion is Apple’s version of Vista. Let’s hope for a better system SOON!

  3. Dom Fairlie (@dominicfairlie) July 7, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Don’t worry i found it! You need to go into the iCloud settings under your System Preferences and disable “Find My Mac” as that has to have a guest account showing on the login screen for some reason. Once this is disabled the guest account will disappear. Hope this helps.

  4. techcheckersTech Checkers August 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    on 10.7.4 :

    System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> (unlock)-> Advanced->Disabling restarting to Safari when screen is locked

  5. Im_pinoy September 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks! this would be a great help! 🙂

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