Open, Sesame! How to Change Apple Password with Mac’s Reset Tool

Reset Password on Mac

Hardly something can be that discouraging as the feeling you experience when it turns out that the admin password or other OS X login details totally escaped from your memory at the most inappropriate moment. When this occurs, you have two basic options. You may blame the fate and accept that you’ll never access your MacBook or iMac data again. Or you may ask yourself, “Is there a simple way to recover my access?”, find out that yes, there is, – and act to come up with a new password instead of the lost one.

To tell you more, there are several proven approaches to updating a password or recalling it. The three most popular and commonly applied methods include:

  • Utilizing Apple ID (Apple followers use this one for App Store and iTunes deals);
  • Hack of sorts (no need to apply a recovery drive/CD);
  • Using a Mac OS X Recovery mode partition, boot disk, or DVD.

In most cases, the choice of the method does not depend on the way the user prefers resetting passwords but on the operating system and its features/opportunities. Anyway, this article covers all three, so try to gain access to your personal information once more with the help of at least one of the hints.

Reset Password with the Built-in Utility

Let’s start with changing the password with the help of special built-in password reset tool and Recovery Mode.

  • Reboot your Mac
  • Push and hold Command + R when the grey screen shows up until the Apple’s sign pops up
  • Wait while the machine starts in Recovery Mode. Once it is done, find the Utilities tab in the top menu bar
  • Pick Terminal and enter resetpassword. Push Enter
  • After you close Terminal, see the Reset Password tool. Now, choose the account you wish to recover, come up with the new password/let it stay blank and select Save

Once you are done, you will be able to reboot once again using a new password or no password at all.

Apple ID Reset: A Dirt Simple Way to Recover Your Access

The most widespread method to recover access to user’s stuff is resetting Apple ID. The description below works only for macOS and the latest OS X versions. It is just extra speedy and easy. Just make sure you have connected an Apple ID to the personal account. The process requires a connection to the network.

  • Type an incorrect password while on the Mac login/boot screen. You need to do it 3 times. “Password Hint” will pop up then. Pick an arrow below the notification to begin with the ID reset
  • Type the ID credentials (those details a user applies when signing in to the App Store, iCloud, and iTunes. It is enough to choose “Reset Password” next
  • Verify the new way to access the device. Wait while the computer starts in its regular regime

These steps also work:

  • Log in to your Apple ID account
  • Go to Security. Press Change Password
  • Type the existing password. After that, decide on a new password and verify it
  • Choose Change Password
  • Log in with your new ID password to be able to view Apple features and services
  • Log in with your new ID password to be able to view Apple features and services

Mac owners that do not have an Apple ID should better get one until it is late or try other options. Other failures may involve the absence of Internet or no clue about the user account’s password as well. Do not panic – there are still things to try!

Here is what every Mac owner should keep in mind when changing the Apple ID password to make it secure.

  • Make sure it has minimum 8 characters, at least one number, and uppercase/lowercase letters
  • Do not insert spaces. Avoid having the same figure 3 times in a row. Do not set up the password used before

Reset Keychain Password to Ensure the Security Measures

Why are the days when every Mac or Windows user had only one password for all possible accounts gone? Who cared about some user-account or shopping-site login details except for some geeks? The situation is different today, and it is often hard to survive without old password. By juggling dozens of passwords, people make their life a bit more complicated. At the same time, it is a reliable protection from the third-party foe. Currently, most of the advanced Mac owners have the passwords for the following categories:

  • Apple computers
  • iOS devices
  • Emails
  • Messengers & chats
  • Shops, both online & traditional
  • Social networks
  • Music/Movie streaming

Sometimes, it is possible to let the computer autofill the fields where the passwords are required. However, it is not always safe. Thus, this section tells how to recover/update keychain’s password on Mac. Where does this word come from?


Each time the user registers a new account, the sign in password applied for that account is added to the login keychain. All new passwords are saved by default. It makes the life of computer owners much easier these days. It is enough to type the password you use to find out what secrets a keychain is hiding from you!


It makes the situation rather dangerous: anyone who discovers at least a single password from the keychain will be able to view other locations and accounts related to that user. It makes many people scared. That is where the desire to modify the keychain’s password comes from. It makes sense, so read more about changing this type of password:

  • Go to Keychain Access. Pick the login keychain
  • Select Edit -> Change Password for Keychain “login.”
  • Type your existing/active password
  • Type in and confirm a new password
  • Log out and try to sign in again

Each time the device requires the usage of the passwords saved in the login keychain, you will be informed about it. The system will not act without your permission any longer.

How to Find Passwords on Mac: Let Keychain Access Work in Your Favor

Keychain Access is, in fact, a very useful tool. You can either bypass and reset the passwords without wasting precious time on recalling them or apply some other secrets to refresh them in memory. Each time your best guess is not working, and you just can’t remember the correct login details, try to view them with the keychain. In fact, Mac owners who trust their passwords to keychains do not face such problems at all. Still, it is critical to take care of your security.

So, you are one of those risky guys who prefer storing the passwords altogether: attended websites, shops, payment details, emails, social network, etc. It is all there, on your Keychain Access. To find a forgotten password on Mac with the help of this feature, just do what the guide below says.

  • Launch Keychain Access. You can find it without any problems in the Utilities folder in Applications
  • You will find a search field at the top. Enter the name of the items which sign-in information you do not remember
  • Discover a list of files that match your search request. Categorize by Kind by choosing the column at the top. Scroll to the results named “application/website password” to get what you are interested in
  • Double-click the chosen website/application and press “Show Password.”
  • Enter admin login details to view this sort of information

After that, the system will uncover the password for the selected item.

How to Change Admin Name on Mac: Team System Preferences & Terminal Will Help!

It is possible to change the lost or useless admin name with the help of Terminal or several other methods. No matter how you do that, it is not difficult at all. What you’ll have to do is login to the computer with the help of administrator account and go on following these instructions.

  • Pick the admin account from the login screen. Make sure you are not logged in with a different account from the target one
  • Launch System Preferences. Find it in the Applications folder
  • Choose “Accounts” in the System part
  • Pick the target admin account from the offered list. Switch the current status of the account by putting a tick in front of/removing the tick from the "Allow the user to administer this computer" box
  • Type a different text in the “Name” section to the new administrator name. Type the password to verify the modifications

Here is how you can do it with the help of Mac’s Terminal

  • Log in to an admin account.
  • Take note of the active name of the account you wish to get another name. Make sure it matches the name of the target account’s home folder. That is located in Users folder of the bootup drive.
  • Launch the Terminal utility. Type the given command in there: sudo mv /Users/oldname /Users/newname
  • Replace oldname with the name of the target user account. Change newname as well. sudo mv /Users/[wanted name]appleseed /Users/wanted name
  • Type the current password and push Return.Select Apple menu -> System Preferences -> Users & Groups -> Accounts
  • Choose the Lock icon; type the admin’s name and password
  • Control-click the account you wish to give another name. Select Advanced Options from the next menu
  • Make necessary modifications to the “Account name” field to match the new name
  • Modify “Home directory” to correspond the latest changes
  • Press OK and escape the System Preferences menu
  • Reboot the system

Every time you change the password or admin name, check whether all of the necessary user’s files and folders are visible to you!