How Do I Disable Parental Controls on a Mac?

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As a parent, you can set Parental Controls on a Mac running OS X Yosemite to manage your child's use of the computer. Use your administrator account to change the settings on the other accounts on your Mac in the System Preferences. As your child grows, gradually reduce the restrictions, culminating in the complete removal of Parental Controls when you feel your child is ready. Although they are called "Parental" Controls, any administrator can set controls on other user accounts. These settings are useful for schools, libraries with public computers and workplaces.

Remove controls from various accounts.
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Step 1

Open System Preferences and select "Parental Controls."

Go to Parental Controls.
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Step 2

Click the lock icon at the bottom left corner of the Parental Controls screen. This allows changes to be made to the settings.

Unlock the settings.
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Step 3

Enter the username and password of an administrator account to access the settings.

Log in as an administrator.
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Step 4

Select an account and click the gear icon near the bottom of the screen.

Choose an account.
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Step 5

Choose "Turn off Parental Controls for [Username]," where [Username] is the name of the account that doesn't need Parental Controls.

Turn off Parental Controls.
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Step 6

Verify that Parental Controls are turned off and click the unlocked padlock icon at the bottom of the screen to lock the settings and prevent further changes.

Lock the settings.
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Tips & Warnings

  • There are no Parental Control options for administrator accounts or sharing-only accounts.
  • You don't have to use the same computer your child is using to modify or turn off Parental Controls on his account, as long as you are using a Mac on the same network as the child's computer. On your child's computer, under their account in the Parental Controls section, check the "Manage parental controls from another computer" check box to set up this option.

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