Whether you’re new to Mac or just haven’t had a need to set up password protection in macOS before, follow along for how to customize and lock your screen.
There are a few different ways to lock your Mac’s screen. First we’ll take a look at how to immediately do this with a keyboard shortcut and with the menu.
Keep reading below for more on customizing the lock screen settings in System Preferences.
Mac: How to lock screen
- Under System Preferences → Security & Privacy make sure the box next to Disable automatic login is selected if you’d like to password protect your Mac/user account
- Click on in the top left corner
- Choose Lock Screen
- Alternately, you can use the keyboard shortcut command + control + Q
If you’d like your Mac to lock after going to sleep and to customize those settings, head to System Preferences → Security & Privacy and choose Require password.
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