Password hints may seem like a good idea for your MacBook Air at first, but you probably don’t need them.
If you find yourself not using these hints, all they can do is provide some help to others trying to access your information.
Our guide below will show you how to not display password hints on the MacBook Air login screen by adjusting the setting in the System Preferences menu.
How to get rid of MacBook Air password hints
- Open System Preferences.
- Select Users and Groups.
- Select the lock icon.
- Enter your password and click Open.
- Select Sign-in options.
- Clear the Show password hints check box.
- Click the lock to lock these settings back.
Our guide continues below with more information on how to not show password hints on the MacBook Air login screen, including images of those steps.
If your MacBook Air is often out of sight, or if multiple people are using your computer, you may have set a password for your account.
When you set up your computer and create your account, you’re prompted to create hints for your password, which is an option that many people use.
But if you’re trying to keep your data private from other people who use your computer, they might be aware of some of the passwords you use.
Or, if you set a very simple hint that even a stranger could guess.
Fortunately, you can disable password hinting entirely, leaving potential hackers to blindly guess what your password is.
How to stop showing password hints on macOS (Illustrated Guide)
While it can be very useful to protect yourself from people who blindly try to guess your password, the lack of hints available can make it difficult to log in if you accidentally forget your password.
So make sure before disabling these password hints that you understand that they will be disabled for everyone, including you.
So the password you are trying to protect should be something you are not likely to forget!
Step 1: Click the System Preferences icon in the dock at the bottom of the screen.
Step 2: Click Users & Groups at the bottom of the System Preferences window.
Step 3: Click the lock icon in the lower left corner of the window.
Step 4: Enter the password and click on the “Open” button.
Step 5: Click the Sign-in Options button at the bottom of the column on the left side of the window.
Step 6: Check the box to the left of Show password hints to uncheck it.
Step 7: Click the lock in the lower left corner of the window again to prevent further changes.
The next time you or someone else incorrectly attempts to log into your account, they won’t be given the opportunity to be prompted.
Now that you know how to hide the password hints on the MacBook Air login screen, you can log into your computer without seeing the hints that were previously shown on this site.
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