Have you forgotten your Mac login password, which is restricting you to turn on or wake up your Mac? Don’t worry; you can easily reset the login password and access your Mac.
In this post, we share a variety of do-it-yourself methods to reset Mac password and regain access to your inaccessible Mac. We'll also share how to recover data from Mac that was locked or not starting.
Being human, we tend to forget vital information such as a password to access our computer. However, you need not worry if you’re using Mac, as macOS has various provisions to reset the Mac password without the need for older one. But, first off, try to recall it using the password hint, as explained next.
When you forgot your Mac login password, the first thing you should do is to check the password hint. By seeing the hint, you might be able to recall the forgotten password. If you would recall your login password, you can start up your Mac without the need to reset the password.
Steps to recall Mac login password by using password hint:
You should try this method when you can’t recall your lost password even after seeing the password hint.
Steps to reset the Mac login password by using macOS Recovery mode:
Note: If you are concerned about data security and wanted to restrict unauthorized access to your Mac by using this method, enable FileVault encryption or Firmware password.
FileVault encrypts the content of your Mac, and the Password Reset utility won’t show up unless you reset it by using Disk Utility. When you set up FileVault, note down the Recovery Key and keep it in a safe place so that only you could reset your Mac login password in the future.
Warning: If you lose both the Recovery Key and the Password, you won’t be able to reset your Mac login password.
If FileVault encryption is enabled on your Mac, you can reset the login password by using Recovery Key.
Steps to reset the Mac login password by using Recovery Key:
If you have an Apple ID associated with your Mac account, then you can easily reset your Mac login password.
Steps to reset the Mac login password by using Apple ID:
If you are using an office Mac that has an Admin account, then you can simply request the IT department to reset your Mac password. Or, if you have a home Mac with more than one admin account, you can use one to reset the other.
Steps to reset Mac user account password by using admin account:
When the above troubleshooting methods don’t work, you can access your Mac storage drive from another working Mac by using Target Disk Mode.
Steps to recover Mac data using Target Disk Mode are as follows:
We hope the methods shared in this post will help you reset your Mac login password if you can’t remember it. First, try to use the password hint to remember the password. When you can’t recall the password, reset it using macOS Recovery mode. In case you’ve enabled FileVault encryption, then use its Recovery Key to reset your login password.
If you have an Apple ID associated with your Mac account, then use it to reset the admin password. If your Mac has more than one user account, then use the admin account to reset the password of the other user account.
When nothing works, recover your data by using Target Disk Mode. If you’ve deleted or lost the data, install a data recovery utility on Mac. Then, scan the Target Disk and recover data by using the software.