How to Turn Off Firmware Password on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you looking to turn off the firmware password on your Mac? This tutorial will guide you through the step-by-step process. Let’s get started!

What is a Firmware Password?

A firmware password is an added layer of security that helps protect your Mac from unauthorized access. It prevents anyone from starting up your Mac from an external drive, network, or other startup disk without entering the correct password.

Turning Off the Firmware Password

If you no longer need or want the firmware password enabled on your Mac, follow these simple steps to turn it off:

Step 1: Shut Down Your Mac

Before making any changes, shut down your Mac completely. Make sure all open applications are closed and any important files are saved.

Step 2: Start Your Mac in Recovery Mode

To turn off the firmware password, you’ll need to start your Mac in recovery mode. Here’s how:

  1. Press and hold the power button on your Mac until it shuts down completely.
  2. Press the power button again to turn on your Mac.
  3. Immediately press and hold the Command (⌘) and R keys together until you see the Apple logo or a spinning globe.
  4. If prompted, enter your administrator password and click “Continue.”

Step 3: Open Firmware Utility

In recovery mode, select “Utilities” from the menu bar and then choose “Firmware Password Utility.”

Step 4: Authenticate as an Administrator

You may be prompted to authenticate as an administrator. Enter your administrator password and click “Unlock.”

Step 5: Disable the Firmware Password

In the Firmware Password Utility window, select “Turn Off Firmware Password.”

Step 6: Confirm Your Decision

A pop-up window will appear asking you to confirm your decision. Click “Turn Off Firmware Password” to proceed.

Step 7: Quit Firmware Password Utility

Once the firmware password has been turned off, click “Quit Firmware Password Utility” to exit the application.


Congratulations! You have successfully turned off the firmware password on your Mac. Remember, disabling the firmware password removes an important security feature, so make sure you only do this if necessary and take other measures to secure your Mac.

By following these steps, you can easily disable the firmware password on your Mac and regain control over its startup settings. Keep in mind that enabling or disabling the firmware password should be done with caution and consideration for your Mac’s security needs.

Thank you for reading this tutorial. We hope you found it helpful!

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