How to Stop Using an iCloud Password to Unlock a Mac
When a user sets up a new Mac, there is a helpful option to use an iCloud ID and Apple ID to login and unlock the Mac. Users can also choose at any time to have their iCloud ID as their login for OS X too. While this is undoubtedly a helpful feature and it can keep things simpler, requiring only a single password to remember, and making it easier to recover and reset a lost password on their computer, it can also have disadvantages for some situations. Additionally, some users prefer to use different passwords for different purposes for security reasons.
Whatever the reason, if you opted to use an iCloud password to login to a Mac when setting up OS X, you can later choose to disassociate the iCloud login and use a separate unique local login password on that Mac again.
If you have a tendency to forget login details and passwords, you probably won’t want to do this, and keeping the passwords unified may be a better choice for you. Otherwise this is a matter of personal preference.
How to Stop Using an iCloud Password to Login to a Mac
- Go to the Apple menu and choose “System Preferences”
- Choose “Users & Groups” and select the primary Mac login that you want to disassociate the iCloud password and use a unique separate password for
- Click the “Change Password” button next to the user name
- At the prompt “Do you want to change your iCloud password, or stop using your iCloud password to unlock this Mac and create a separate password?” – choose “Use Separate Password…”
- Set and confirm the new password and close out of System Preferences when finished
Now when the user is logging into Mac OS X, a separate account password will be used rather than the iCloud and Apple ID account password. This setting is specific to individual user accounts.
Of course if you forgot your Apple ID password and login details you’ll need to handle that first, since you need the Apple ID password to disassociate the login from the Mac.
Like most other things, this can be reversed if you decide to change your mind, and it’s just a matter of heading back into the preferences to reconfigure the iCloud password for logging in again to OS X.