Did you know you could use your iCloud account password to log in to your Mac and unlock it? Instead of having to remember an extra password to unlock your computer, OS X gives you the ability to use your iCloud account password to perform this function on a Mac .
Nowadays, who else and who else has to memorize several passwords to be able to access different things, such as e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, computer session, etc. At Apple they want to make this much simpler, something that is especially appreciated by those users who like simple things , such as having a single username and password for all Apple-related tasks on the Mac.
Apple ID allows access to iCloud, the App Store, iTunes Store, Mac App Store and more. In addition, OS X allows the user to use that user and the iCloud password to unlock a Mac. It’s easy to set up, whether you’re setting up a new Mac after installing OS X Yosemite from scratch or you want to take a rain check on your Mac. Here’s how!
Enable the iCloud password to login and unlock your Mac
In order to use the iCloud password to connect and unlock a Mac computer you need to have the latest version of the operating system, i.e. OS X Yosemite with iCloud configured and Internet access .
The first thing you need to do is go to the Apple menu by clicking on the apple icon ( ) in the upper left corner of your Mac screen and click on “System Preferences”. Then, in the panel, go to “Users & Groups” and select the main Mac account on the left side .
This user will be the Mac administrator to whom the password for the Apple ID or iCloud will be associated. Click “Change Password”, a button you’ll see next to the user’s name , and you’ll see a pop-up window asking if you want to change the “User Name” password or if you want to start using your iCloud password to log in and out on that Mac.
Just click on the “Use iCloud Password” option and you’ll save yourself having to remember a separate password to access and use your Mac. Finally, you’ll need to enter the above password and then sign in with your iCloud account (your Apple ID) to set it as your Mac login. That’s it!
Apple ID and iCloud password, access data for the Mac
So the next time you’re on the login screen when you restart your system, on user shortcut switching, or even on the locked-down Mac screen, for example, you’ll need to use your Apple ID and iCloud password to gain access. As they say in OSXDaily, once you’ve done this your Apple ID and iCloud password will be your login name and password for your Mac with OS X Yosemite .
How about using your iCloud password to access and unlock your Mac?