Setup Ubuntu 17.10 Desktop to Log in Automatically

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This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to setup Ubuntu to login automatically without typing a username or password. This post is specifically geared towards users who have just started using Ubuntu or trying to switch from other operating systems like Windows or Mac OS.

When auto login is enabled, the next time you start up your computer, you’ll be logged in automatically. No selecting account or typing password.

Keep in mind that if this feature is enabled there will be no password to type so anyone with access to your computer will be able to access your account and your personal data including your files and browsing history. Th reason for enabling this should be made after thinking over it twice.

If your account type is standard, you will not be able to make this change. Contact your system administrator who is able to make this change for you.

To setup Ubuntu 17.10 to login you in automatically, sign on to your Ubuntu desktop and click the system menu option, then select System Settings as shown below.

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Next, scroll down to the last item on the item list and select Details -> Users. On the user pane, select the account you want to log in automatically at start up and click the Unlock button highlighted in the image below.

Again, only the system administrator can make this change.

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When you unlock the lock, it becomes green and will allow you to make the necessary changes on the user profile pane.

Next, slide the button next to Automatic Login to the right to show ON. This turns on auto login for this user. This change should happen instantly. Close out and the next time you restart the computer, it will automatically log in this account

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This how one sets up Ubuntu to automatically log in. This settings is not recommended to be used in a public area. as anyone with access to your computer will automatically login and access your data and browsing history.

If you’re the only one using this computer or the computer is setup as a public Kiosk, then go ahead and turn on auto login.


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  1. This didn’t work for me. I followed your instructions, and my computer awakes with nobody logged in.

    1. Go under system > administration > login window. Enter your password. When the box pops up goto the center tab labeled User, it will give you three options User lists, guests sessions and automatic logins. Under automatic login, username enter the name of the account you want log in.
      “LightDM” and “LightDM settings” are the programs that allow this, and if gnome-system-tools is installed theses setting will override those settings.

  2. This dont work for me too !

  3. hi i have followed your instructions however it defaults back to wanting a password upon startup ?
    thank you

  4. With the older versions of Ubuntu, you could lock the user after toggling the Auto Login. This version doesn’t have that ability and while you can turn it on, it turns off as soon as you exit.

  5. This does not work either way: it does not switch the auto-login on and it does not switch the auto-login on

    1. Sorry, i meant, it would not switch the auto-login both on and off.

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