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Quick Hacks to Reset Your Mac Password in 4 Easy Ways

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Has your Mac password ever escaped your memory? It may be as irritating as locking yourself out of your own house or online watching Hulu on Mac in a country where it is geo-restricted (this specific reference is from the time I was determined to watch Big Ban Theory on Hulu and forgot my Mac password) well, that sucked.

But do not worry; I’m here to assist you and won’t let you miss out on your favorite shows just because of a silly password.

Regaining access to your Mac and protecting it from unwanted users may be done in several ways. In this article, I’ll guide you through many methods to reset or change your MacBook password so you can learn what to do if you can’t remember it.

Use Your Apple ID to Reset Your Mac Password

Using your Apple ID is among the simplest ways to change the password on your MacBook. Here’s a brief guide on using Apple ID to reset your Mac password:

  1. Turn on your MacBook and wait for the login screen to load.
  2. Next to the password area, select the question mark symbol.
  3. Then, select “Reset it using your Apple ID” by clicking the arrow button.
  4. Enter your Apple ID and Password.
  5. Press on “Next.”
  6. Proceed with the directions to change your Mac’s password.

Use Recovery Mode to Reset Mac Password

When you see the password clue but still can’t remember your forgotten password, you should try the steps given below to use macOS Recovery mode to reset the Mac login password:

  1. When your Mac boots up or restarts, hit and hold the Command + R keys. Once you see the Apple logo, release the keys. Your computer will boot into macOS Recovery mode.
  2. Navigate to Utilities > Terminal from the top menu bar.
  3. Enter the reset password in the Terminal window and press Return. The Password Reset tool will appear.
  4. To confirm, type in a new password and then the old one again.
  5. If you forget the password later, you can use the password hint to help you remember it.
  6. Select Next. Now, the password has been changed.
  7. To restart your Mac, usually click Restart.
  8. Enter the new password on the login page to access your system.

Use a FileVault Recovery Key to Reset Your Mac Password

When FileVault is enabled on your Mac, a recovery key is produced. You may quickly reset your password and return to your device using your FileVault recovery key. Here’s how to go about it:

  1. Turn on your MacBook and wait for the login screen to load.
  2. Next to the password area, select the question mark symbol.
  3. Press the “Reset it using your recovery key” option now.
  4. Enter your recovery key for FileVault.
  5. Now, give your Mac a new password.
  6. To make the changes, click “Reset password.”

Use Admin Account to Reset Your Mac Password

If you have a home Mac with dual admin accounts, you can reset one by using the other. If you’re using an Office Mac, the IT department can easily reset your Mac password with an admin account.

Here’s how you can reset your Mac password by using the admin account:

  1. Using the admin credentials, log in to the Mac.
  2. Select Users & Groups under System Preferences from the Apple menu.
  3. After selecting the lock icon, enter the admin name and password.
  4. Choose the account that needs a new password.
  5. To reset your password, click Reset. Follow the directions on the screen.
  6. After restarting the Mac, sign in using your new password and user account.

Extra Tips for Enhanced Security of Your Mac

Macs have built-in security settings that are frequently overlooked, making your privacy and data open to intrusions. Here are a few ways that can help you secure your Mac:

Create a Non-Admin Account

To protect your personal information and the security settings on your Mac, create extra user accounts (without administrative access) if you are not the only person using it.

As a result, other users can only view their own files and modify their own settings after logging into their accounts using their unique passwords.

Administrators are the only ones with access to more advanced settings that impact the security of your whole Mac.

Switch off Remote Access and Sharing.

Remote access might be helpful if you need to access the files on your Mac from afar. But if your login information were stolen, that would also mean that anybody could access all of your files and data remotely. Therefore, when you are not using this function, it is worth deactivating it.

Under System Preferences > Sharing, remove the checkmarks from the boxes next to “Remote Management,” “Remote Login,” and all other unnecessary sharing services. It’s best to turn off all sharing settings until you require them.

Activate FileVault.

FileVault is an integrated macOS feature that encrypts the data on your Mac’s hard drive and offers a convenient option to reset your password in an emergency. By turning on FileVault, you may strengthen your computer’s security and make it more difficult for unauthorized people to access it.


You must take all the required precautions to keep secure online. This includes knowing how to use Recovery Mode, having strong password hints for your Mac, and remembering your Mac password.

Even if you forget your password, this article will help you recover it quickly.


Kokou Adzo is the editor and author of He is passionate about business and tech, and brings you the latest Startup news and information. He graduated from university of Siena (Italy) and Rennes (France) in Communications and Political Science with a Master's Degree. He manages the editorial operations at

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