Automatic login option is missing from System Settings > User Accounts, how can I solve this?

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I either can't set the automatic login by editing /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf






After restart login screen asks for my password.

There is a thread in Ubuntu forums http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=11889259 . It's in lubuntu forum, but there are ubuntu users afected too.

I'm runing 12.04 (precise) 64-bit with Kernel Linux 3.2.0-24-generic.

Excuse my bad english, please.

  • Are you sure you 'Unlocked' the settings pane? (Top right) – SirCharlo May 11 '12 at 15:40
  • Are you sure about this? When I go into my System Settings > User Accounts, I see a button called 'Automatic Login' that is set to OFF. – ruffEdgz May 11 '12 at 15:42
  • I'm sure, I unlocked the settings pane. There is not a Automatic login button – grossogrossum May 12 '12 at 0:57
  • see this image: bit.ly/KVhGmz just like grossogrossum said is unlocked (see rounded area) and pane ends in a passwd field I'm runing 12.04 (precise) 32-bit with Kernel Linux 3.2.0-24-generic-pae under a virtual box machine. – user66489 May 27 '12 at 14:00
  • @grossogrossum: finaly, I have viewed the "Atomatic Login" option under my user account; starting a session with guest user, going to User Account and click my username. But activating it via gui doesn't allows to login automatically ... :( – user66489 May 27 '12 at 21:05

The Automatic Login option won't appear if you have an encrypted home folder - both features contradict each other.

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    So what do you suggest Daniel, for those who have an encrypted home folder? Is there a way around this? – Mike Spy Oct 3 '12 at 20:43
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    did you find out a solution? – Totty.js Oct 11 '12 at 9:21
  • I ran into the same issue, and since my hard drive is also encrypted (on Ubuntu 16.04), I opted to remove my home folder encryption. The process is a little bit convoluted, as it involves creating another user and moving your home folder around, but is thoroughly detailed here. – MikaelF Jan 11 '18 at 19:15

Well, it should "be there" for all users -- but you need to remember to click the unlock on the top-right before you can change it:

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  • I'm not allowed to post an image (I'm new user) but my User Account pane ends in Password ******, and it's unlocked. – grossogrossum May 12 '12 at 1:07

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