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Forgot your password for Mac? Recover it easily

Password protection is a very popular method to protect unauthorized access to your computer. It is usually composed by combination of username and password. It may not be hundred percent secure, but it ensures that other users cannot easily access your account. The problem arises when we lose or forget this access data and cannot get into the system to change it. Below, we will show you how quickly you can recover your login information on Mac OS X.


It is not common situation that often happens but when OS X user loses or forgets the password, Apple has prepared its system to help to resolve this issue. This is a small tip that you should keep and use on a day when you are faced with the problem of not being able to access the system because you forgot the password.

How to set a new password in OS X

This is a process that will be done out of OS X itself, using the recovery system tools that Apple provides to recover your access.

  • Turn off your Mac and turn it back on, holding both the CMD and R keys until the Apple symbol appears on the screen
  • Wait for windows dedicated to Mac OS X tools to appear


The tool you are looking for is Terminal. It will be accessible in the Utilities menu

  • Choose Terminal and wait until it opens a terminal window


In the Terminal window just write a command that invokes the application dedicated to changing the system passwords. Write the command   <resetpassword> and hit the Enter key

  • After that, the application to change your password will appear on the screen. Choose the disk where OS X is installed (If you have several partitions with OS X installed you should choose the one with the account which password you want to change)
  • After choosing the disk you will have to choose the user that you want to change, then set the new password, repeat it and set new information that will help you to remember the password


Now you just need to restart your Mac, go to the Apple menu and choose Restart. This is the simplest and quickest way to reset your forgotten password on OS X. Hope it was helpful!



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