MAC - Use Recovery Mode to reset your password

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RescuePC
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MAC - Use Recovery Mode to reset your password

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MAC - Use Recovery Mode to reset your password
Lost Admin Password - reset it
  • Turn off your Mac (choose Apple > Shut Down).
  • Press the power button while holding down Command + R. The Mac will boot into Recovery (we have a separate article about how to boot a Mac in Recovery).
  • When you see the load bar appear you can let go of the keys. It may take a few minutes to load.
  • Select Disk Utility and press Continue.
  • Choose Utilities > Terminal.
  • Enter resetpassword (all one word, lower-case letters) and press Return.
  • Select the volume containing the account (normally this will be your main hard drive).
  • Choose the account to change with Select the User Account.
  • Enter a new password and re-enter it into the password fields.
  • Enter a new password hint related to the password.
  • Click Save.
A warning will appear that the password has changed, but not the Keychain Password. Click OK.
  • Click Apple > Shut Down.
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