How to Reset Admin Password on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you locked out of your Mac because you forgot the admin password? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of resetting the admin password on your Mac. So, let’s get started!

Step 1: Restart your Mac in Recovery Mode

If you can’t remember your admin password, don’t panic. First, restart your Mac and hold down the Command (⌘) and R keys simultaneously until the Apple logo appears. This will boot your Mac into Recovery Mode.

Step 2: Access Terminal

Once you’re in Recovery Mode, click on the “Utilities” menu at the top and select “Terminal.” This will open a new Terminal window.

Step 3: Reset Password

In the Terminal window, type “resetpassword” (without quotes) and press Enter. This will launch the “Reset Password” utility.

Select your Hard Drive

In the “Reset Password” utility window, select your hard drive from the list of available volumes.

Select User Account

Next, select your user account from the list of users. Make sure it’s the admin account for which you want to reset the password.

Set New Password

Now, enter a new strong password for your admin account. Make sure it’s something memorable but not easily guessable. You can also add a hint to help jog your memory in case you forget it again.

Save Changes

After setting a new password, click on “Save” to apply the changes to your admin account.

Step 4: Restart your Mac

Once you’ve saved the changes, you can close the “Reset Password” utility and restart your Mac. Make sure to choose the “Restart” option from the Apple menu.

Step 5: Log in with New Password

After your Mac restarts, you’ll be prompted to enter your new admin password. Enter the password you just set and click on “Enter” or press Return.

Congratulations! You have successfully reset the admin password on your Mac. You can now access all the privileges and functions associated with your admin account.

Tips to Remember

  • Choose a strong password: Make sure to select a complex and unique password that includes a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
  • Regularly update your password: It’s a good practice to update your admin password periodically to enhance security.
  • Create a password hint: If you often forget passwords, consider adding a helpful hint that only makes sense to you.

We hope this tutorial helped you regain access to your Mac by resetting the admin password. Remember to keep your passwords secure and never share them with anyone!

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