How to Restore a Deleted Account on a Mac


As with most everything Mac-related, restoring a deleted user account is easy. There are a few different ways to delete a user account, and unfortunately, not every way allows for an "undo." Here's how to restore an account that has been deleted via the System Preferences.

Things You'll Need

  • Administrator password
  • OS 10.4+

Restoring a Deleted Account

  • Open the Accounts pane of the System Preferences.

  • Click the + sign under the list of user accounts. (Authenticate with the administrator password if asked to.)

  • Fill in the name, short name and password you want associated with this account. Click "Create Account" and close the System Preferences window.

  • Open the "Deleted Users" folder found inside the "Users" folder within the hard drive.

  • Double-click the disk image associated with the deleted account you want restored.

  • The deleted account will show up on your desktop as a disk image. Copy the folder structure in its entirety to the newly created account inside the "Users" folder.

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