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Forgot your Mac password? Here’s how to get it back quickly

Maybe it has happened to them that one day they change the computer password for security, and when trying to enter, they find themselves typing the old password over and over again, because they have definitely forgotten the new one! Well, fortunately recovering the Mac password is not difficult , so here’s a step-by-step guide to help you do it quickly.

Recover your Mac password

First of all, it is important to note that the password for the macOS user account is the same login password, so it works not only to access the computer, but also to make certain changes within the computer. If even with this information you do not remember your password, and you have already made sure to enter the lower and upper case characters correctly, it is important that you take into account the following

  1. Check if a question mark appears in the password field. If you see it, click on it to display a suggested password that may be helpful for you to remember.
  2. Try logging in with the password of the Apple ID you use for iCloud.
  3. Apple recommends that if you have just changed your password, remember your new one, and it doesn’t work, try using your old password. If it works, the apple company says you should be able to use the new password from that point on.
Forgot your Mac password? Here’s how to get it back quickly
Forgot your Mac password? Here’s how to get it back quickly

Now, if these steps didn’t work for you, you can reset it using the password reset wizard . At this point it is vital that FileVault is enabled, otherwise it will not work.

  1. What you need to do is wait one minute on the login screen, until you get a message that you can use the power button on your Mac to turn off your computer and restart it from the recovery area.
  2. If you waited a while and the message didn’t come out, then you don’t have FileVault enabled and you won’t be able to reset your password this way.
  3. Follow the instructions: Press the power button until the Mac turns off.
  4. Then press the button again to turn it on.
  5. As soon as you see the ‘Reset Password’ window, follow the steps to create a new password.
  6. If you have already been able to reset your password, you can log in with your new one.

There is another way to recover your password, where you must also have FileVault enabled: using the recovery key.

  1. When you are at the login screen, if you enter your password incorrectly three times, a message will appear telling you that you can reset your password with your recovery key.
  2. At this point, you must click on the arrow next to the message, and in the password field enter the recovery key.
  3. There you must follow the instructions to create a new password and when you are done, you will need to click Reset Password.

Booting the computer from the recovery partition

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If the above tips didn’t work, it’s best to boot the computer from the recovery partition and reset the password from there. To do this, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Restart the Mac and hold down the Cmd+ shortcut R key to access the recovery partition.
  2. There, choose the Terminal from the Utilities menu and open it. At this point you will have to type in a resetpassword.
  3. A box will then appear showing a list of the hard disk drives connected to the Mac.
  4. It is important to choose the disk on which the account is hosted for which we need to change the password.
  5. Locate the user selection menu and choose the one you need.
  6. Add your new password. You will need to verify it and add a useful hint so you don’t forget it again.
  7. Finally, click on save and you will get a new password.

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