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Reset Mac Password: A Step by Step Guide

Reset Your Mac Password: Guide

Hey there! 🖐️ Upset because you can’t get into your Mac device due to a forgotten password? 😨 No worries! This article will guide you through exactly what you should do under this frustrating circumstance. The best part? You’ll perform a password reset on your Mac device without losing any data! 😃


Shutting Down Your Mac Device

The first step in resetting your Mac password is completely shutting down your computer. It doesn’t matter what Mac device, as long as it’s a Mac. Once it’s off, proceed to the next step. 👍


Entering Recovery Mode

After shutting down your device, you’ll need to enter Recovery Mode. Press the power button and immediately hold down the Command and R button at the same time as the system starts up. When you see a blank screen, 🎉 congratulations! You’re in Recovery Mode.


Accessing the Terminal

In Recovery Mode, ignore the options displayed on the screen. Instead, go to the utilities located on top next to the window icon, and click on Terminal. It might take a minute, especially on older devices, so be patient. 😉


Resetting Your Password

In the Terminal, type ‘reset password’ (all one word) and press Enter. This will open a separate interface with a list of user accounts. Click on the account you wish to reset the password for. Enter your new password in the provided field. You can choose to set a password hint if you like. Once you confirm your new password, click Next, and your user password will be reset! 🎊


Reboot and Log In At this point, click Restart to reboot your system. Once your system boots up, you will be able to access your account with your new password. 🎉 Just type it in and, voila! You’re back in your Mac account. Congratulations! 🙌👏


Create a New Keychain After resetting your password, you might be prompted with an ‘unable to unlock your login keychain’ message. This means that your stored passwords are not accessible after the reset, which is a security measure to protect your data. If you see this, just click on Create a new Keychain.

Conclusion: 🏁

And there you have it! 😁 You’ve successfully reset your Mac password without losing any data or settings. This simple process works across various versions of MacOS 10.6 and above, including Lion, Mountain Lion, Yosemite, Mavericks, Sierra and many others. Remember, if you forget your password again, you know how to reset it! 👋


Resetting a Mac password is typically necessary when you forget your password and cannot access your Mac. It allows you to establish a new password and regain control of your device.

If you’ve forgotten your Mac password, you can reset it using the Apple ID you used to set up your Mac initially. Or, you can use the recovery mode. The article provides step-by-step instructions on how to do it.

The article provides a detailed, step-by-step guide on how to reset your Mac password. It explains how to do this through Apple ID recovery, using another admin account, or in recovery mode.

If you’ve recently used the password successfully but have now forgotten it, you may be able to retrieve it from your Mac’s keychain access. However, if you’ve completely forgotten it or you can’t access it, resetting the password will be necessary.

Before resetting your Mac password, ensure you have access to a stable internet connection. Also, you need to remember your Apple ID credentials or have another admin account at hand.

Consider using a password manager. Password managers can securely store and remember all your passwords for you. Just remember the master password for the password manager.

No, once you’ve reset your Mac password, you won’t be able to retrieve the old one. That’s why it’s important to note down the new password in a secure place or use a password manager.

No, resetting your Mac password won’t delete any of your personal data. However, you might lose access to some keychain data.

You can reset your Mac password using your Apple ID, another admin account, or in Recovery Mode. Each option is discussed in detail in the article.

Recovery Mode is a special mode on Mac that allows you to troubleshoot various issues and perform tasks like reinstalling macOS, restoring from a Time Machine backup, or resetting your password.

If you don’t have another admin account on your Mac, you can still reset your password using your Apple ID or by using Recovery Mode.

Without your Apple ID or access to an admin account, someone cannot reset your Mac password without you knowing. They would need to know your Apple ID password to reset your Mac password.

If you forget your Apple ID password, you can reset it by going to the Apple ID account website or by contacting Apple Support.

Yes, you can use the same password as before, as long as you thoroughly remember it. However, it’s generally recommended to pick a new password to avoid forgetting it again.

The process of resetting a Mac password is pretty similar across most MacOS versions. Some variations in the steps may apply, but the article provides a comprehensive guide to suit all.

A safe and secure password would be one that contains a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols. It should also be something that isn’t easily guessed.

There are no particular risks, but you might lose access to some data from your keychain, like Wi-Fi passwords, website passwords, and other information.

Yes, you can still reset the password on a used Mac following the same procedures. You may need the previous owner’s Apple ID if it’s still linked to the Mac.

If you can’t use your Apple ID to reset your password, it’s likely because this feature has been disabled in the account security settings. Or it could be because your Mac isn’t connected to the internet.

The process should only take a few minutes, but it could take longer depending on your internet speed and whether you have your information readily available.

If you’re using your Apple ID to reset your password, then yes, you need an internet connection. However, if you’re using the Recovery Mode or a separate Admin account, no internet connection is necessary.

While there’s no set rule on this, changing your password every 3-6 months is recommended for optimal security.

We do not recommend using shortcut keys or commands for this process as it is sensitive. Follow the step-by-step guide in the article to ensure you’re doing it correctly.

This might be due to security considerations. Always ensure you’re entering the correct information.

You can check the version of MacOS you’re using by clicking on the Apple icon in the top left corner and choosing ‘About This Mac’.

Apple Support cannot reset your password for you, but they can guide you through the steps on how to do so.

If you’re able to access your Mac, it’s not necessary to reset your password. This step is only necessary when you’ve forgotten your password and don’t have easy access.

The Apple ID is linked to your Mac and it is used as a security measure. When resetting your password, it verifies that you are the rightful owner of the Mac.

If you forget your Apple ID, you can recover it through Apple’s official website, or you can call Apple Support for assistance.

The article covers all the basic ways to reset your Mac password. If these steps aren’t helping, you may want to contact Apple Support for further assistance.