This unlocks the list of other users and groups your MacBook Pro has. I am not a Mac user usually so any guidance will have to be pretty simple! A new login keychain will start collecting and storing the passwords for Wi-Fi networks, email accounts, Web sites, and other logins as they occur. It's unlikely that you'll suddenly remember the password, so you probably need to use one of the other two options. Recovery Key If you have a , you can use this instead of your user account password to log in. As with any other time you forget a MacBook password, you need to go through a process to recover it if you can't remember what it is. Do you have any questions about changing or resetting your Mac's user account password? If you keep getting messages asking for your old account password, you can manually reset your keychain.
The easiest way to locate the original admin account password is to click on the admin account to select it and click the lock in the lower corner of the screen to unlock the account. You may need to click the lock icon in the lower left of the window and enter an administrator password to be able to make changes. However, if you deselected that box, and later forgot your password, you're out of luck. You can use your Mac's Password Assistant to suggest one for you. This option creates a nearly empty keychain file that is accessed using your new password. If you want to find more password management options, open the Mac App Store and search for the word password. No Excuse for a Lost Password — Regardless of how or why an administrator password has been lost or forgotten, there are a variety of techniques that you can use to reset it and regain full access to a Mac.
One reason to deselect the box is extreme security. If, heaven forbid, Apple's system is hacked, your admin password could be compromised. Numerous lines of status messages will scroll by. Even if you are using an iMac that never leaves your home office, you should protect that data with a password. If you've previously set up your Mac with two administrator accounts, highly recommended, you can use the second admin account to login in and reset the password for the first administrator whose password has been forgotten.
Make an appointment with an Apple Genius, and you'll get the help you need. Actual snow leopards may be endangered, but installer discs went extinct with 10. In the terminal window type the following and hit Return. When you log in after using your new password, you'll likely be prompted that your Keychain cannot be accessed. Read for more information about FileVault. Sometimes these apps have to be installed on the computer before you lose your password and others just help you recover lost password.
This can be accomplished via the following process: 1. Let us know in the comments below. You can do so on that same screen by choosing the plus button located at the bottom of the user account list. Not the answer you're looking for? Is it possible to reset the admin information without having the old information? I've always used it for pre-Lion systems where the client had forgotten their login password. This should only be done if you don't have any other way to get into your Mac.
From this point onward, you can add or remove new users and groups, and make other modifications to those objects. If you do set a firmware password, be extra careful to remember it. You can then restart your computer or just logoff and switch users and login using your new password. I'm sure it was bad note taking on my part. If a user forgot the administrator password, perhaps the simplest way of several would be to use that disc to set a new administrator password and regain control of the Mac. Someone could still rip the hard drive out of your Mac and access its files on another device if you just use a firmware password without encryption, however.
If you forget your account password in the future, this could end up being the easiest solution. I've never used the Directory Service command line utility because it's fairly more complicated. Use it to remove the other account's password. Rather unusually for a task performed from the command line, a graphical Reset Password window appears. .
The above comes from an article published on MacFixit. If none of these options work, though, and you still can't find administrator password, Mac users can contact Apple for one-on-one support. It is possible to reset the admin password to a Mac quite easily providing you have the correct install disc to match the version of the software that is running on the computer. When your Mac finishes booting up, you simply need to enter the newly-reset password to login to your computer. First attempt repairs using Keychain First Aid, and failing that, delete then recreate the keychain as described above while logged in as root.
You can finish the login process by clicking the Continue Log In button, which takes you to the Desktop. If you've reset your account password, it's highly likely that you'll have to since it requires your old password to access. If any of the apps look interesting, check the manufacturer's website. For the sake of completeness, I'll reference those methods at the end of this article. My wife has retired and we are trying to set up the mini for her use but the changes we want to make require admin access and we do not have the information my father used to set up the machine. Also read: Got any issues during the process? Follow instructions in the dialog window that will appear. There are programs available that offer password recovery protection.
This process will work if you have FileVault enabled, although you'll have to unlock your drive first before mounting. You'll need to log out and log back in to your Mac to sync the changes. A lot of arcane status messages scroll by, and leave you with a command-line prompt. You can also reset a password with another admin account on the computer. Your keychain holds frequently used passwords, so creating a new keychain usually means you'll have to resupply passwords for some services you use, including email accounts and some websites you've set up for automatic login. Another option is to take the computer to a computer repair shop, and they may be able to help you reset the password. There is a support article on the Apple website with info on how to reset the password here: If you don't have the install disc or need more help, I'd suggest booking an appointment at the Genius Bar at your local Apple Store and they will help you reset it at no charge.