How to Reset Password on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Have you forgotten your Mac password and are now locked out of your own device? Don’t worry; there’s a simple solution to reset your password and regain access to your Mac. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of resetting your password on a Mac.

Step 1: Restart Your Mac in Recovery Mode

To begin the password reset process, you need to restart your Mac in Recovery Mode. Press and hold the Command + R keys simultaneously while your Mac is starting up. Keep holding the keys until the Apple logo or a spinning globe appears on the screen.

Step 2: Access Utilities

Once your Mac has booted into Recovery Mode, you will be presented with a list of utilities. From the menu bar at the top of the screen, click on Utilities, then select Terminal. The Terminal window will open.

Step 3: Reset Password

In the Terminal window, type in the following command:


A Reset Password window will appear, displaying all user accounts on your Mac.

Select User Account

Select the user account for which you want to reset the password by clicking on it. Then click on Next.

Create New Password

Type in a new password for your selected user account. You can also add a hint to help you remember it if needed. Once done, click on Next.

Reset Keychain Password (optional)

If you want to reset your Keychain password as well, you will be prompted to do so after resetting your user account password. Keep in mind that resetting the Keychain password will delete all saved passwords stored in your Keychain. Choose accordingly and click on OK to confirm.

Step 4: Restart Your Mac

After successfully resetting your password, click on the Restart button to reboot your Mac.

Login with New Password

Once your Mac restarts, you will be able to login using your new password. Remember to use the new password you just set in step 3.


You have successfully reset your password on a Mac. It’s crucial to remember your new password or store it in a safe place to avoid getting locked out of your device again.

In Conclusion

In this tutorial, we walked you through the step-by-step process of resetting your password on a Mac. Remember that this method only works if you have physical access to the Mac. If you’re still having trouble or need further assistance, consider reaching out to Apple Support for additional help.

  • Step 1: Restart Your Mac in Recovery Mode
  • Step 2: Access Utilities
  • Step 3: Reset Password
    • Select User Account
    • Create New Password
    • Reset Keychain Password (optional)
  • Step 4: Restart Your Mac

We hope this tutorial was helpful and that you were able to regain access to your Mac by resetting your password. Remember, it’s always a good practice to create strong and memorable passwords to keep your device secure.

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