How to Find Administrator Password on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Are you locked out of your Mac and need to find the administrator password? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you several methods to help you retrieve the administrator password on your Mac. Let’s get started!

Method 1: Using Keychain Access

If you have access to another account with administrator privileges on your Mac, you can use the Keychain Access application to find the administrator password. Follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Open Finder and go to “Applications”, then “Utilities”.
  2. Step 2: Launch “Keychain Access”.
  3. Step 3: In Keychain Access, select “Passwords” in the Category list on the left.
  4. Step 4: Look for an item named “Login.keychain“. Double-click on it.
  5. Step 5: Select “All Items” in the Category list on the left.
  6. Step 6: Type “admin” in the search bar at the top-right corner.
  7. Step 7: Double-click on the item that appears as “Passwords: admin”.
  8. Step 8: In the new window that opens, check the box next to “Show password“.
  9. Step 9: Enter your login password when prompted.
  10. Step 10: The administrator password will now be revealed in plain text.

Method 2: Using Terminal

If you prefer using the command line, you can retrieve the administrator password using Terminal.

  • Step 2: Launch “Terminal”.
  • Step 3: Type the command “sudo cat /etc/shadow | grep root” and press Enter.
  • Step 4: Enter your login password when prompted.
  • Step 5: The administrator password hash will be displayed in the Terminal.
  • Method 3: Using Reset Password Utility

    If all else fails, you can use the Reset Password utility on your Mac to change the administrator password. Here’s how:

    1. Step 1: Restart your Mac and hold down Command + R while it boots up.
    2. Step 2: When the macOS Utilities window appears, select “Utilities” from the menu bar.
    3. Step 3: Choose “Reset Password” from the drop-down menu.
    4. Step 4: Follow the instructions to reset your administrator password.

    Congratulations! You now have several methods at your disposal to find and retrieve the administrator password on your Mac.

    Remember to always keep your passwords secure and avoid sharing them with anyone. Stay safe!

    We hope this tutorial has been helpful. If you have any further questions, feel free to leave a comment below.

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