How You Can Recover Your Forgotten Mac Password

Recover Account Passwords How You Can Recover Your Forgotten Mac Password

Forgot Your Mac Password? Don't Sweat It, Reset It

Forgotten Mac passwords can be a real pain. This article will walk you through the steps of resetting your forgotten Mac password. The Apple Support website lists six ways to reset your forgotten Mac password. This article will walk you through each method and then we will walk you through a seventh method that Apple doesn't even know about.

How To Reset Your Forgotten Mac Password On Your Own

When you need to reset your forgotten Mac password, you will want to refer to the Apple Support website. There are several methods listed and Apple Support recommends starting with the first one and working your way through them based on the computer's response to certain actions. You should ensure there is a stable internet connection before you begin. These reset options are specified for Mac OS Catalina or later and earlier systems will require different procedures, which can be found on the Apple Support website.

To get started resetting your password, click on the question mark next to the password field.

Reset Using Apple ID

  1. Choose the option to reset the password using your Apple ID. 
  2. If the computer asks for your Apple ID information, you can enter it and select reset.
  3. If the computer does not ask for the information and restarts itself, skip to the next method.
  4. If you are prompted to start a new keychain to store passwords, select OK to restart. 
  5. If you are prompted to select the admin you know the password for, select forgot all passwords.
  6. When the reset password prompt appears, choose to deactivate, then confirm.
  7. Set a new password for each account.
  8. Restart your computer.

Restart And Show Password Reset Options

  1. If you get a prompt to restart and show the password reset options, click the prompt and wait for the computer to restart.
  2. Password reset options are to sign up with an Apple ID or with your FileVault recovery key.
  3. Choose one of the options and enter the requested information.
  4. Enter your new password information and then restart the computer.

Start-Up From Mac OS Recovery

To start up from Mac OS recovery, you must determine the type of processor your Mac runs on.

Apple Silicone

Press the power button to turn on but continue to hold the power button until the start-up options menu appears. Select the gear icon.

Intel Processor

Turn on the computer, then press and hold Command and R until the Apple logo appears.

  1. If multiple admin accounts are displayed, choose forgot all passwords.
  2. If prompted, enter your Apple ID information.
  3. If verification is sent to another device, enter the code to verify.
  4. If an Activation Lock screen is displayed, choose to exit to recovery utilities.
  5. Use the reset password assistant.
  6. Enter new password information and authenticate.
  7. Select the Apple menu, then restart.

Reset Password Assistant

  1. From the utility menu, choose Terminal.
  2. A prompt window will open.
  3. Type reset password and press the return key.
  4. If multiple admin accounts are displayed, choose forgot all passwords.
  5. When the reset password window appears, select deactivate Mac and confirm your choice.
  6. If the Activation Lock screen is displayed, enter your Apple ID email and password when prompted.
  7. Enter the new password information.
  8. Click exit.
  9. Select the Apple menu, then restart.

Erase Your Mac

  1. Start-up from Mac OS Recovery.
  2. On the recovery assistant menu, choose to erase Mac.
  3. Confirm your selection.
  4. If your Mac restarts displaying a flashing question mark, press and hold the power button.
  5. When your computer turns off, start up Mac OS Recovery again.
  6. Reinstall Mac OS.

What If You Can't Reset Your Forgotten Mac Password On Your Own?

Your Mac password is intended to protect your information from anyone who might want to use it maliciously. It makes sense that it would be difficult for someone who doesn't have a password to reset the password. After trying each of the methods suggested by Apple Support, if you are still unable to access your Mac, you will have to contact Apple Support directly for assistance.

Reset Your Forgotten Mac Password Using DoNotPay

The seventh method, that even Apple Support doesn't know about, is to reset your forgotten Mac Password using DoNotPay. Even if you have 2-factor authentication enabled and you forgot the answers to your security questions, DoNotPay can have your Mac password reset.

DoNotPay lets you recover your password in 6 simple steps:

1. Go to the Recover Passwords product on DoNotPay and select the type of account you are trying to recover, such as email, streaming service, social media, gaming, eCommerce, and more.

2. Tell us more about your account, including usernames and associated emails and phone numbers.

3. Help us verify your account ownership by entering the date you first created the account, when you last logged in, and any payment methods saved under the account.

4. Upload photographic evidence if you have any that can help prove your account ownership.

5. Enter any last known or previously used passwords to help verify your identity.

6. Enter your contact information and submit the task!

Why You Should Use DoNotPay To Reset Your Forgotten Mac Password

Just like the other products from DoNotPay, Recover Account Passwords was created to save you time and money. When you do not have time or patience to deal with Service Technicians, DoNotPay does it for you. The various methods Apple Support suggests are confusing and all those steps can easily get mixed up. Do not waste time resetting your password the wrong way, where you’ll spend more time figuring out where you went wrong. Reset your password the right way the first time by letting DoNotPay handle it for you.

DoNotPay Can Reset Any Password With The Click Of A Button

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