How to Unlock Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Welcome to this in-depth tutorial on how to unlock a Mac! If you have forgotten your Mac login password or are encountering any issues accessing your Mac, don’t worry. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to regain access to your Mac.


Before we jump into the unlocking process, let’s ensure that you have some essential information and tools ready:

  • An administrator account
  • A working internet connection
  • A second device (computer or smartphone)

Step-by-Step Guide

1. Restart your Mac in Recovery Mode

To begin the unlocking process, restart your Mac and hold down the Command (⌘) + R keys simultaneously until the Apple logo appears. This will boot your Mac into Recovery Mode.

2. Access Terminal from Recovery Mode

In Recovery Mode, click on “Utilities” in the menu bar and select “Terminal” from the drop-down menu. Terminal allows us to enter commands that will help us unlock your Mac.

3. Reset Your Password

In the Terminal window, type the following command:


This command will open the Reset Password utility.

4. Select Your Account

In the Reset Password utility window, select your administrator account from the list of users on your Mac.

  • If you see a padlock icon in the lower-left corner, click on it and enter your administrator password to make changes.
  • If you don’t see a padlock icon, proceed to the next step.

5. Choose a New Password

Enter a new password for your account in the “New Password” field. Make sure to create a strong and memorable password that includes a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols.

Additionally, you have the option to add a password hint that can help you remember your password in case you forget it again in the future. However, be cautious not to make it too obvious or easily guessable.

6. Save Your New Password

Click on the “Save” button to save your new password. You will receive an alert confirming that your password has been reset.

7. Restart Your Mac

Quit the Reset Password utility and restart your Mac by clicking on the Apple menu in the top-left corner and selecting “Restart.”


Congratulations! You have successfully unlocked your Mac using the Recovery Mode and Terminal commands. Remember to keep your new password secure and accessible only to you.

In this tutorial, we covered the step-by-step process of unlocking a Mac using Recovery Mode and Terminal commands. By following these instructions carefully, you can regain access to your Mac and resume using it without any issues.

We hope this guide has been helpful to you! If you have any further questions or encounter any difficulties during the unlocking process, feel free to reach out for assistance.

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