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How to Reset Your Admin Password on a Mac

So, you’re trying to use your Mac, but you can’t get past the login screen because you don’t remember your password. First, you should make sure that the Caps Lock isn’t on, because passwords are case sensitive. Then, you should try using your password hint by clicking on the question mark in the password field. But if you still can’t log in, don’t contact Apple Support yet. Here’s how to reset your admin password on a Mac, even if you forgot your admin password. 

How to Reset Admin Password on Mac

The easiest way to reset your admin password is to enter recovery mode. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Restart your Mac. You can only access the recovery mode while the laptop is booting up, which is why you need to restart it. 
  2. While it is restarting, press and hold the Command + R keys until you see the Apple logo. If you see the login screen, you will have to restart and repeat this step again until you get to Recovery Mode.
    Command R
  3. Go to the Apple Menu at the top and click Utilities. This will open a drop-down menu.
  4. Then click Terminal.
    macos recovery mode terminal
  5. Type “resetpassword” in the terminal window. Don’t use any space in between the words.
    mac recovery mode terminal resetpassword
  6. Then hit Enter. This will open the Reset Password Assistant screen. 
  7. Type your password and a hint.
    mac recovery mode reset password

    Note: If you have several user accounts or an older Mac, you will have to select “forgot all passwords,” then select the user account you want to reset the password for. Finally, you will have to click the Apple icon in the upper-left corner and select Restart from the drop-down menu.

  8. Finally, click Restart. Once you get to the Login screen, select the admin user you just reset the password for and type your new password. Click Enter. 
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How to Reset your Password Using you Apple ID

If you try to log in several times, you will see a pop-up message asking if you want to reset your password with your Apple ID. Follow these steps to continue:

  1. Click the arrow to use your Apple ID.
    reset it using you Apple ID
  2. Enter your Apple ID and password.
    How to Reset your Password Using you Apple ID
  3. Then hit Enter. Right after this, you will be asked to restart your computer.
  4. Click Restart to continue
  5. Log in with your new password

If you can get to your desktop, then you have successfully reset or changed your password. 

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How to Reset your Password Using Another Admin Account

If your Mac has more than one users, and you know the login credentials to another one of the accounts, you can use that account to log in and reset your password. Here’s how:

  1. Log in to another admin account.
  2. Go to System Preferences. You can find this in your Applications folder.
  3. Next, click Users & Group.
    mac system preferences users and groups
  4. Click on the padlock in the bottom-left corner of the window. You will have to enter the username and password of that user again.
  5. Select the user you want to reset the password for, then click Reset Password
    reset password mac system prefernces
  6. Fill in the necessary fields and hit Enter
  7. Then log out of the current user account. This will bring you to the Login screen.
  8. Log in to the account you just changed the password for.

If you’re still having problems, and you want to install or reinstall macOS in your computer to wipe it clean and give it a fresh OS, check out our previous article here. 

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Updated on March 26, 2021

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