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Enabling Admin Users for FileVault 2 via System Preferences

One challenge for Mac admins is figuring out ways to enable users for FileVault 2. The following procedure is one approach for enabling non-enabled accounts that have administrative privileges:

  1. Log in at the OS login window as the non-enabled admin account.
  2. Open System Preferences and go to the FileVault preference pane (see Figure 9).

    Figure 9

    Figure 9 Accessing the FileVault preference pane in System Preferences.

  3. Click the lock to unlock the FileVault preference pane; authenticate when prompted (see Figure 10).

    Figure 10

    Figure 10 Unlocking the FileVault preference pane in System Preferences.

  4. Click the Enable Users button in the FileVault preference pane (see Figure 11).

    Figure 11

    Figure 11 The Enable Users button in the FileVault preference pane.

  5. The previously non-enabled admin user account will appear with a green checkmark to show that the account has been enabled for FileVault 2 (see Figure 12).

    Figure 12

    Figure 12 The logged-in account is now enabled for FileVault 2.

This approach to allow admin users to enable themselves for FileVault 2 has worked since FileVault 2 was first introduced in OS X 10.7 Lion, and it continues to work in OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

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