Frequently Asked Question

How to Get Administrator Access on Your Computer
Last Updated 2 years ago


The Privileges app will grant temporary administrator access to your computer. By design, this feature is only available to the computer's assigned user.  This application has removed the need for special local administrator accounts.

To grant your account administrative privileges:

  1. In Finder, select the Go menu > Applications.
  2. Locate the Privileges application and drag it onto the Dock.

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  3. If the Privileges dock icon is orange and shows an unlocked padlock, you already have administrative privileges. Stop here.

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  4. Click the Privileges dock icon.
  5. In the dialog box that appears, click Request Privileges.
  6. Enter the password you use to log in to the computer if asked.
  7. If successful, the Privileges dock icon will turn orange and unlock, indicating you have administrative access.

It is best practice to remove administrative privileges once they are no longer needed:

  1. Click the Privileges dock icon.
  2. In the dialog box that appears, click Remove Privileges.
  3. If successful, the Privileges dock icon will turn green and lock, indicating administrative access has been removed.

If you don't see the Privileges application in your Applications folder, use Managed Software Center to update your computer.

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