Forgot Your Mac Password? Here’s How You Can Unlock Your Computer
We’ve all been there – the moment when you’re unable to remember your Mac’s password. It can bring your productivity to a grinding halt and leave you feeling helpless. But don’t worry! In this article, we’ll walk you through the process of unlocking your computer, so you can get back to work quickly.
1. Resetting Your Password with Apple ID:
If you’ve associated your Apple ID with your Mac, resetting your password is quite simple. Just follow these steps:
a. Attempt to login to your Mac three times with an incorrect password.
b. After the third attempt, a message will appear stating, “If you forgot your password, you can reset it using your Apple ID.” Click on the arrow icon next to this message.
c. Enter your Apple ID and password and follow the onscreen instructions to create a new password for your Mac.
Congratulations! You’ve regained access to your computer.
2. Resetting Password Using Recovery Mode:
If you don’t remember or haven’t set up an Apple ID on your Mac, don’t worry – there’s still hope! Enter Recovery Mode by following these steps:
a. Turn off your Mac.
b. Press and hold the Command (⌘) and R keys while pressing the power button.
c. Release all keys when the Apple logo or spinning globe appears on the screen.
d. In the macOS Utilities window, click on “Terminal” under the “Utilities” menu.
e. Type “resetpassword” (without quotes) in the Terminal window and press Enter.
f. The Reset Password window will appear. Select the user account whose password needs resetting, and then create a new password.
g. Confirm the new password and add a password hint if desired.
Finally, restart your Mac and use the new credentials to access its features once more.
3. Creating a New Admin Account:
If you’re still unable to access your Mac, you can create a new admin account by following these steps:
a. Reboot your Mac and hold the Command (⌘) + S keys immediately after hearing the startup sound. This will take you into Single User Mode.
b. Type the following commands in order, pressing Enter after each one:
i. /sbin/fsck -fy
ii. /sbin/mount -uw /
iii. launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.opendirectoryd.plist
c. Enter “passwd [username]”, replacing [username] with your desired new account’s username, and press Enter.
d. Type the desired password for the new account and confirm it by entering it again when prompted.
e. Restart your Mac by typing “reboot” and pressing Enter.
Now, with your new admin account, you can reset the password for the original account.
Forgetting your Mac password might be frustrating, but it’s not the end of the world. By following any of these methods – resetting your password via Apple ID, using Recovery Mode, or creating a new admin account – you can regain access to your computer and continue working without missing a beat!