Being a Mac power user is impossible without knowing how to handle password issues like a pro. Forgetting or losing an Apple ID or Mac administrator password is especially devastating for Mac beginners. Mac users have to take preventative measures to ensure the sensitive user data is kept safe. Read this brief password recovery 101 to restore the important Mac passwords with minimal losses.
In case you forget your Mac’s administrator password, you can still reset it if you don't find it anywhere. Here’s what to do:
In case you don’t remember Apple ID credentials as well, it’s possible to recover them too using a designated web page (you'll find a detailed description of the process below in this article).
Users of 13’’ and 15’’ MacBook Pro devices made in 2016 or later can use Touch ID to log in to their user account. One can find the Touch ID located at the top of Mac’s keyboard on the right side of the Touch Bar. If you set up Touch ID on your MacBook, use your fingerprint instead of typing in the password when requested for it.
In case you don’t remember your Mac’s administrator password: Simply follow the steps below.
After the MacBook boots, enter the new administrator password and continue working on your computer.
It is possible to retrieve your Apple ID password with the help of https://appleid.apple.com/ website. If you know the Apple ID, click on Reset Your Password to reset Apple ID password using a link received in an email.
In case you don’t remember your Apple ID, use the Find your Apple ID link. After that, the system will request your first name, last name, and up to 4 recently used email accounts to identify your Apple ID.
Using up to 4 different emails improves the chance of Apple ID recovery. If this doesn’t help, address Apple Support for answers.
It might be worth checking if you’re already signed in with your Apple ID on another device or using it for any of the following services.
Check the services in Settings and under the Settings -> [username].
In a situation when none of your Mac OS X user accounts is linked to your Apple ID, using the above recovery method is impossible. However, there is a way to reset a user’s password using the system preferences. But only if you still have access to your Mac’s administrator account. Here’s what to do:
In particular cases, a Mac won’t accept the correct password. To identify what’s causing such a strange behavior, check a few things:
In the Apple Menu, go to System Preferences -> Language & Text -> Input Sources -> Choose the needed input languages -> Select the input menu in the menu bar (the flag icon) -> Select the correct input source, then try entering your password again.
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Requires MacOS 10.10 (Yosemite) or later