How to Check if you have Administrator Rights on a Mac


On a macOS operating system, administrator rights are required to perform many tasks, such as making system changes, installing and launching the software, etc. Here are a few ways you can check if you have administrator rights on a Mac.


1. Open the Apple menu.

2. Select System Preferences.

3. In the System Preferences window, click on the Users & Groups icon.

User and Groups icon on Mac

4. On the left side of the window that opens, locate your account name in the list.

  • If the word Admin is immediately below your account name, then you are an administrator on this machine.
  • If the word Standard is there, then you are not an administrator and your account cannot be used to install software or make administrative changes.

Checking to see if you have administrator rights on Mac