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How to Quickly Switch Users in macOS Monterey

A Mac allows users to have multiple profiles on a single computer for ease of use among different folks. If your Mac happens to have multiple accounts, then there are ways for you to switch between them quickly. With macOS Monterey, you can switch between them quickly thanks to a new Fast User Switching item in the menu bar.

How to enable Fast User Switching

1. Go to System Preferences and click Dock & Menu Bar.

Dock & Menu Bar
Click Dock & Menu Bar.

2. Select Fast User Switching in the sidebar.

Select Fast User
Select Fast User Switching to access the “Show in” options.

3. Tick the preferred checkbox (or boxes) to add Fast User Switching to your Menu Bar and/or Control Center.

Enabling multiple users

Of course, you’ll really only need Fast User Switching if there are two or more users on a Mac. Here’s how to enable multiple (and guest) users:

  1. Go to System Preferences > Users & Groups.
  2. Click on the lock icon and enter your password.
  3. Next, click on the plus (+) icon.
Adding a new user
Adding a new user

You can now create a new user and assign them their own password. In this dialog, you can also designate them as a Standard account or an Administrator account (though be careful whom you designate as an Administrator).

To complete the process, click Create User. You are well on your way to fast user switching!

How to enable a guest user

A guest user account can be implemented for someone who will only use your Mac temporarily. To set up such an account:

  1. Go to System Preferences > Users & Groups.
  2. Click on the lock icon and enter your password.
  3. Then click on the plus (=) icon.
  4. Finally, click on the checkbox that says “Allow guests to log in to this computer.”
Set guest user
Enabling Guest User options

You also have options to limit a guest account with parental controls by ticking the associated checkbox, as well as allowing (or not allowing) a guest user to connect to your shared folders.

Dennis Sellers
the authorDennis Sellers
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Dennis has over 40 years of journalism experience and has written hundreds of articles. For the past 20-plus years, he's been an online journalist, covering mainly Apple Inc. He's written for MacCentral, MacWorld, MacMinute, Macsimum News, Apple Daily Report, and is now contributing editor at Apple World Today.
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