How to Disable Parental Controls in Mac OS X
Parental Controls are a great feature of OS X that allows for restrictions to be placed on a specific user account on a Mac. These restrictions are varied and chosen by whoever set the parental control feature, ranging from setting time limits for computer use, to preventing certain web pages from being accessed, to even restricting app usage as deemed necessary. While it’s a handy feature, there are times when you may want to disable Parental Controls after they’ve been set, either for administrative purposes or because the set restrictions are no longer necessary.
Disabling Parental Controls on an OS X account is easy and it can be done either directly from the account they are actively set on, or with another Mac login that has administrative access. If you’re disabling the account restrictions from the account that currently has them enabled, you will need to enter an administrator login username and password – that is an obvious security precaution to prevent someone from disabling the restrictions without proper access.
- Open the System Preferences from the Apple menu and choose “Parental Controls”
- Click the Lock icon and authenticate as usual, this allows for changes to be made to the restrictions
- Select the user account you want to disable Parental Controls for
- Click the gear icon near the bottom of the preference panel and choose “Turn off Parental Controls for ‘Username'”
- Exit out of System Preferences
This instantly disables all parental controls and restrictions that were set for that Mac login, so there’s no need to manually tweak settings for individual restriction options.
At this point the Mac account will have whatever default access it was set to beforehand, whether that’s a full guest user account, normal login, or administrative user.