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Mac is a secure system and security is the main distinguishing factor of Apple devices. "I forget my mac password", then you are in big trouble as this security plays against you and you lose your productivity.

Fortunately, there are several ways that you can try to recover your password. The best solution depends on your settings and other circumstances.

1. Try Simple Solutions

There are numerous passwords that we use in our daily routine for performing several tasks like bank account management, phone password, computer password, email password etc. Therefore, it is easy to forgot my Mac password. Simple solutions should be your first priority to solve the issue to avoid time wastage and data loss.

  • Check if the num lock and caps lock of your keyboard are off/on. Make sure you are using the right case for the letters.
  • If you have set a password hint, it is a fantastic way to recall. You will see a question mark next to the password field if the hint is configured.
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  • Try to login without a password.
  • Try to use the Apple ID password for iCloud. Try the old password first if you have recently changed it. If it works, you will be able to use the new password from there on.

2. Reset with Apple ID

It is very easy to reset with Apple ID when you forgot login password on Mac. However, this only works if your account is set up with Apple ID.

  • Select the Apple menu or press the power button and then click Restart.
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  • Click the question mark in the password field,and then choose the arrow next to "reset using your Apple ID".
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  • Enter the Apple account and password,then click Next.

3. Reset with Another Admin Account

In case you have another admin account set up for your Mac, then this is your key to enter the system and reset your password. Here are the steps to follow if you have forgotten your Mac adimin password and want to reset it with another admin account.

  • Login with another admin account.
  • Navigate to System Preferences>Apple Menu>Users and Groups.
  • Click the lock icon and enter admin name and password again.
  • Select your name from the list of users and click the reset password button.

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This doesn't change the password for the Keychain and you will be asked when you log into the account if you want to update the keychain password.

4. Use Recovery Mode

Recovery mode is your best bet if you have forgotten my administrator password mac. To use this solution, restart your Mac and enter the recovery mode. The keys to enter the recovery mode differ by the models and processor. Here is a quick list of keys.

Mac with Intel processor:

  • Press and hold the Command and R keys
  • Press the power button of your computer. Press the keys till you see a progress bar under the Apple logo.

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For Apple's M1 processor (MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini):

  • Turn off your computer.
  • Press and hold the power button till you see the options. Select Recovery.

In the recovery mode, go to Utilities>Terminal in the menu bar. Here a new window will show up, enter the command 鈥榬eset password鈥 and press enter. Close the Terminal window and in the Reset Password Tool, follow the on-screen guide from here onwards.



This will only work if you do not have FileVault and/or a Firmware password enabled in your Mac computer.

5. Recover with FileVault

If FileVault is turned on, you have two more solutions to resolve the "fogot my Mac password" issue. When you turn on the FileVault on your system, you get a recovery key. If you do not have the recovery key, you may want to contact Apple support for this.

Once you have the recovery key in hand, follow these steps.

  • Restart your Mac computer.
  • In the login window, since you have forgotten the Mac password, punch in any wrong password three times.
  • After three attempts, you will see help options. Select 鈥淩eset it using your Recovery Key鈥 option.
  • Now,enter your recovery key.
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  • In the next window, type in a new password and password hint. Click the鈥楻eset Password鈥 button to make the changes.

6. Use Target Disk Mode

Target disc mode is a unique boot option in Mac computers. A Mac computer can be connected to another Mac and it will act as an external disk. Here are the steps you will follow if you want to recover a forgotten Mac password by using target disk mode.

  • Shut down your Mac.
  • Use thunderbolt cable or a FireWire cable to connect both your Mac systems.
  • Start up your Mac. Press and hold the T key to enter Mac target disk mode. This will make your Mac appear as a hard drive in the other Mac. Once connected you can access your data as you would access data on any external disk.

7. Enter a Single-User Mode

This is a little complicated method to recover the forgotten Mac password. It is mostly used by users with some basic technical skills because it needs writing the command on a terminal which is somewhat intimidating for novices.

Here are the steps.

  • Shut down your computer.
  • Press the power button to turn your mac. Press and hold Command (?) + S keys to enter the single-user mode.
  • Type "mount -uw /"command and press enter. Command does not include the quote marks.
  • Type "launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/" and press enter.
  • Type "passwd **username**" where **username** is the username of the account you want to reset the password. Press enter.
  • Type in a new password, then press Enter
  • Confirm the password by retyping it again. Press Enter.
  • Type "Reboot" and click Enter

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You can now access your Mac with your username and the new password right away.

If nothing works for your problem then your last option is to contact Apple Support. You can find the contact methods and details at apple official website.

Part 2: How to Stop Someone From Resetting your Mac Password?

Now you know that enter the recovery mode can easily help you recover the password on Mac and anyone can do this. In particular, anyone who can get access to your Mac can take the control of it. Though, there are numerous ways to protect your data on Mac.

The very first step you need to take is to turn on FileVault encryption and set up the Recovery Key. This option is able to encrypt the data of your Mac. Other people can not unlock it unless using Disk Utility.

You can simply turn on FileVault in System Preferences > Security > FileVault.

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    Your password is your key to enter your Mac. It is always advisable to choose passwords that difficult to guess for others but easy for you to remember. But if you forget your mac password or iPhone password, don鈥檛 be concerned and you can still easily unlock Mac or iPhone by using the ways mentioned above.