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Change or reset macOS user account password


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change Password

If the password is known and can be used to enter the account, it can be changed in the "Users and Groups" settings section:

  1. Select System Preferences from the Apple menu, then open the Users and Groups section.
  2. Select your username in the user list.
  3. Click the Change Password button and follow the on-screen instructions.

Password reset

If the password is forgotten or does not work, it may be possible to reset it using one of the methods described below. However, first try the following simpler solutions:

  • Make sure the characters are entered in the correct case. If Caps Lock mode is enabled on the keyboard, the Caps Lock symbol is displayed in the password field.
  • If a question mark is displayed in the password field, click it to view a password hint that may help you remember your password.
  • Try logging in without a password. If this works, then you can add the password by following the procedure for changing the password.
  • Try signing in with your Apple ID password used for iCloud. If this password has just been changed and the new password does not work, try the old password first. If this works, you can use the new password in the future.

Reset using Apple ID

On some versions of macOS, you can use the Apple ID to reset your password. Enter your password on the sign-in screen until you see a message that the password can be reset using your Apple ID. If this message does not appear after three attempts, it means that your account settings do not allow password reset using the Apple ID.

  1. Click next to the Apple ID message, then follow the on-screen instructions to enter your Apple ID and create a new password. Upon completion, you will be prompted to restart.
  2. Log in with the new password.
  3. Determine if you need to create a new keyring to enter.

Reset using a different administrator account

Knowing the name and password of the administrator account on a Mac, you can use this account to reset the password.

  1. Log in with the username and password of another administrator account.
  2. Select System Preferences from the Apple menu, then open the Users and Groups section.
  3. Click, then enter the administrator name and password again.
  4. Select your username in the user list.
  5. Click the "Reset Password" button and follow the on-screen instructions to create a new password:
  6. From the Apple menu, select "End Session".
  7. Log in to your account with a new password.
  8. Determine if you need to create a new keyring to enter.

Reset using Password Reset Assistant (FileVault must be enabled)

If FileVault is enabled, you can use the Password Reset Assistant to reset the password:

  1. On the login screen, wait about one minute until a message appears stating that you can turn off your Mac using the power button and then restart it in OS recovery mode. If this message is not displayed, the FileVault function is not enabled.
  2. Press and hold the power button until the Mac turns off.
  3. Press the power button to turn on your Mac.
  4. When the password reset window appears, follow the on-screen instructions to create a new password.
    If you need to connect to a Wi-Fi network, move the cursor to the top of the screen and select the desired network in the Wi-Fi status menu. To exit without resetting the password, select Apple menu> Restart.
  5. When finished, click Restart.
  6. If you were able to reset your password using the Password Reset Assistant, log in to your account with a new password.
  7. Determine if you need to create a new keyring to enter.

Reset with a recovery key (FileVault must be enabled)

If FileVault is enabled and you have a FileVault recovery key, this key can be used to reset the password.

  1. Enter the password on the login screen until a message appears stating that the password can be reset using the recovery key. If this message is not displayed after three attempts, the FileVault function is not enabled.
  2. Click next to the message. The password field will be replaced by the recovery key field.
  3. Enter the recovery key. Use uppercase characters and hyphens.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to create a new password; when finished, click "Reset Password".
  5. Determine if you need to create a new keyring to enter.

If you are unable to log in with the new password after restarting your Mac, try the following additional steps:

  1. Restart while holding down Command-R or one of the other macOS recovery keyboard shortcuts until the Apple logo or spinning globe appears.
  2. When the macOS Utilities window appears, choose Utilities> Terminal from the menu bar.
  3. In the Terminal window, enter resetpassword and press the Enter key to open the Password Reset Assistant shown above.
  4. Select “Login Password Doesn't Work,” then click “Next” and follow the on-screen instructions for your user account.

Create a new keychain for login, if necessary

After resetting the password and re-entering your account, you may receive a warning that the system could not unlock your keychain. This is expected as the user account passwords and keychains no longer match. Click the New Keychain button in the warning window.

If a warning about the keychain is not displayed or other messages are displayed asking for the old password, reset the keychain manually:

  1. Open the Keychain program in the Utilities subfolder of the Programs folder.
  2. Select "Settings" in the "Keychain" menu, then click the "Restore Default Keychain" button in the settings window. After entering a new password, the Keychain program creates an empty keychain of login keys without a password. Click the OK button.

If the “Restore Default Keychain” button is not displayed, close the settings window and select the “Keychain” keychain in the left part of the Keychain program window. Press the Delete key and then the “Delete links” button.

  • Select Log Out from the Apple menu to return to the sign-in screen.
  • Log in to your account with a new password. Your account passwords and keychains now match again.
  • How to recover a forgotten Mac password

    First, recall: the number of password attempts is unlimited, after 3-5-10 attempts OS X you will not be banned. If you can’t remember the password using the “selection method”, then ... let's figure it out.

    It is not necessary to immediately reset or change the password - perhaps you will remember it thanks to the password hint. To get her enter the wrong password three times. After that, OS X will understand that something is wrong and offer you a hint. You asked it when you thought up the password for the very first time. Perhaps it will refresh your memory:

    The minus of the method is that it is not necessary to set a hint, so you (like me) at one time simply could not do this.

    1. Remember the password using a hint

    OS X does not limit the number of incorrect input attempts, so feel free to try all the options. After the third time, the system will give you a hint that you added when creating the password. Perhaps this will help. If not, continue to the next step.

    2. Reset your password using your Apple ID

    On the same screen, along with a passphrase, a reset link is also displayed using your Apple ID. You probably remember him.

    Everything is simple here: enter the username and password of your Apple ID account (the one that you use when downloading applications from the App Store), then confirm the creation of a new keychain for storing passwords.

    3. We reset the password using a different administrator account

    Another option for password recovery. When the system has two users with administrator rights, you can perform the password reset procedure for one account using another.

    To do this, you must log in under another account, and then, choosing your own in the settings, click the "Reset Password" button and enter a new password and a hint for it.

    4. We reset the password using the recovery utility

    A more complex way to reset the password for any user account, provided that the data on the disk is not encrypted through FileVault.

    1. Turn off your Mac.

    2. While holding down the Command and R keys, press the power button and wait for the system to boot into recovery mode.

    3. Select “Terminal” in the “Utilities” menu.

    4. Enter the resetpassword command.

    5. Select a boot disk, if you have several, and the account whose password you want to reset.

    6. Set a new password, a hint for it, and save the changes.

    7. Turn off your Mac through the Apple menu and turn it on as usual.

    8. Use the new password to enter.

    5. Reinstall OS X

    An extreme measure involving the deletion of all data from the disk. Use this method only if you have no other choice. Reinstalling OS X is easiest from recovery mode. To get into it, you need to follow the same procedure as in the previous method.

    1. Turn off your Mac.

    2. Turn it on while holding down the Option and R keys and wait for the boot in recovery mode.

    3. Select "Reinstall OS X" in the utilities menu.

    4. Next, following the prompts of the wizard, install the operating system and create a new account.

    5. This time, be careful and try not to forget the password.

    Apple took good care of the safety of user data, while leaving a few "lifebuoys" for emergencies. However, as you probably noticed, they will help you out only under certain conditions (disabled encryption and firmware password). You should not play spies, abusing increased security measures, in order to later become a hostage to your frivolity. Use a strong password, but one that will be easy for you to remember and, in which case, restore!

    Password iClo ud / Apple ID

    Starting with OS X Mavericks Apple by default, sets the password for Apple ID (aka iCloud) as the administrator password for Mac. Here's another hint - it’s very likely that your password is the same as for downloading iPhone games from the App Store.

    There is another good news: if you can’t remember the password, you can use the Apple ID recovery service to change it. In this case, you do not even have to pick up your iPhone or iPad - everything is done through the Mac settings. To change the password, do the following:

    1. Open System settings (gear icon in the Dock).
    2. Press on Users and groups.
    3. Select Change password…then Change iCloud Password ...
    4. Go through the identification.
    5. Press on Change password again and enter your new password. It is relevant for both Mac and iPhone / iPad.

    You can also reset your password on the Apple ID page.

    Change password from another account

    Besides you, does anyone else work on this Mac, and does it have its own account? Or do you have another Apple ID / iCloud account, and you remember the password from it? You can also reset your password. Instruction:

    1. Press on Apple menu (“Bullseye” in the upper left corner of the screen). Select End session.
    2. Choose another account - the one from which you have a password.
    3. enter password
    4. Open System settingsthen - Users and groups.
    5. Press on lock icon in the lower left corner.
    6. Enter the password again.
    7. In the sidebar on the left, select the account to which the password is forgotten.
    8. Click Reset the password.
    9. Enter, confirm the password, leave a hint to yourself. Click Change Password.

    Now the forgotten password for the desired account has been restored, you can safely log in with the new password. The only thing you have to give up is the Keychain, you can restore it only when you remember the forgotten password. So feel free to create a new bunch.

    Using Recovery Mode for password recovery

    If you have completely forgotten all-all passwords, this is the best way. Do the following:

    1. Turn off your Mac.
    2. Hold the keys ⌘Cmd + R, turn on the computer. Once you see the download bar, the keys can be released. Mac will boot in recovery mode, it will take up to several minutes.
    3. Select Disk utility, click Next.
    4. Select Utilitiesthen Terminal.
    5. Enter command resetpassword (as given - in a word, with a small letter) and press Enter.
    6. Select the drive where your account is located (usually the only hard drive on your Mac).
    7. Select the account you need.
    8. Enter a new password, repeat it in the appropriate field.
    9. Set a hint.
    10. Save the result.
    11. You will see a warning that the password has changed (but not for Keychain). Click OK.
    12. Click on the Apple menu and turn off the computer.
    13. Turn on your Mac. You can log in using your new password.

    How to protect a Mac from password reset by an attacker?

    As you can see, the situation is very interesting - with a certain amount of knowledge and carelessness of the owner, the ill-wisher can easily access your Mac. In such cases, they usually answer like this: just do not allow such a person to come into physical contact with your computer.

    There is still a solution to the problem - you need to enable FireVault encryption. After that, you will have to enter the password before loading the account, so that the attacker will not be able to get to the password reset function. Enabling FireVault is easy - go to Systemsettingsselect Protection and Securitythen go to the tab Firevault, Press on lock iconenter password and click on Enable FireVault.