How to Enable the Root User in macOS

Want to enable the root account on your Mac? You can, but the functionality is a little buried in System Preferences. Here’s how to find it.

If you’re the primary user of your Mac, odds are you use an administrator account. This grants a level of permission required to do things like install software and change system settings, but it doesn’t give you permission to access everything. You can’t make changes to other users’ files, for example, or even see most of them. A root account can access everything.

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