How to reset your Mac password


So i tried logging into my old iMac and i could not get in due to wrong password. After several trials, i decided to do a password reset.

Apple includes a tool with their Mac OS X to replace a Mac’s password. This is the best option if you have completely forgotten your password. Follow these steps:

  1. Turn off your Mac (choose Apple > Shut Down).
  2. Press the power button while holding down Command and R button . The Mac will boot into Recovery mode. When you see the load bar appear you can let go of the keys. It may take a few minutes to load. Select language then continue.
  3. Select Disk Utility and press Continue.
  4. Choose Utilities > Terminal.
  5. Enter resetpassword (all one word, lowercase letters) and press Return
  6. Select the volume containing the account (normally this will be your Main hard drive).
  7. Choose the account to change with Select the User Account.
  8. Enter a new password and re-enter it into the password fields.
  9. Enter a new password hint related to the password.
  10. Click Save.
  11. A warning will appear that the password has changed, but not the Keychain Password. Click OK.
  12. Click Apple > Shut Down.

Now start up the Mac. You can login using the new password. When you get a prompt if you want to use the old keychain or update it, Click update.


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