Mac OS is one of the most secured operating system provided by Apple. The protection mechanism is akin to all other operating systems, but the registry files accountable for creating the security barriers are a bit different, rather crude to bypass. So if you have forgotten your password on iMac or Macbook, it might be a bit difficult way ahead for you to access the system again if you don’t have the knowledge of the convoluted operating system.
Generally, besides login, Mac password is used for various other reasons, such as, during installing softwares, rendering serious changes in the system settings, or while deleting system files. But here we would confine our excursus on how to bypass the Mac OS password to gain access into the system. The discussion hereby would involve 3 essential methods which would help you inevitably to resolve your issue.
Method #1: Password Hint for Your Mac Login Password
Before you proceed with resetting your password anew, and replace it with a new one, you better try out the password hint which might refresh your memory after a while. In fact there is no limit to the number of times you can enter the password hint, and after 3 attempts Mac OS will provide you the password hint (Password Hint is a phrase or sentence extract which you had entered into the hint box while setting up the password in the first place). Infuse the steps mentioned below to carry out the method accurately:
Step 1. Firstly open “System Preferences” from the "Apple” logo.
Step 2. Select “Users and Groups” category.
Step 3. From the bottom left corner, click on the “Lock screen” icon.
Step 4. Press the “Return” key 3 times in a row. The screen will shake every time you press the “Return” key. After the third shake, the password hint will be displayed below the “Password field” which you can use to try out your luck.
The best part about this method is that there is no limit to the number of password trials, so you can keep trying until you get to recall it fully. But if the method is not helping you anyway, then you better skip to the next methods refined ahead.
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Method #2: Change Password from Another Account
If you have set up multiple accounts in your device, or share your device with another user which might have created another account in the same system, then you can use this separate account to change the password of your own locked down account.
The steps are laid out as follows:
Step 1. Click on Apple’s logo and then choose log out from the top left corner.
Step 2. Select an account you know the password to and enter the password thereby to gain access to the account.
Step 3. Go to “System Preferences” and click on the “Lock” icon at the bottom left corner of the screen.
Step 4. Enter your password again and then choose the specific account that you have forgotten your password for from the side pane.
Step 5. Now; click “Reset Password” and fill up the fields and the “Password hint” field.
Step 6. Finally click “Change Password”.
And you are done! You can now access the account with the newly created password.
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Method #3: Use Recovery Mode to Recover Mac Password
Besides providing all the essential luster to the fundamentals of the operating system, Apple provides a tool, that is “Recovery Mode” for Mac OS or Mac OS X, depending upon which version you are currently using, you can use it to recover your forgotten Mac login or admin password.
Step 1. Press the power button of your device and while doing so press and hold the “Command-R”. This way Mac will boot into the Recovery Mode. Once the load bar is visible you can let go of your hold of the buttons.
Step 2. It will take a few minutes to load, and after it is loaded, choose the “Disk utility” and press “Continue”.
Step 3. Go to “Utilities” and then select “Terminal”.
Step 4. Now; in the empty field, enter “resetpassword” just in the exact manner and press “Return”.
Step 5. Choose the Volume which is your main hard drive containing the account.
Step 6. Now; select the account you wish to change the password of by “Select the User Account”.
Step 7. Enter your password and re-enter it for confirmation.
Step 8. Enter a password hint for future use and click “Save” to save the changes.
Step 9. A warning would appear notifying that the password has been changed but not the Keychain password. Click “Ok” to finish.
Step 10. Finally, click on “Apple” logo and then “Shut Down”.
Now, start your Mac OS and enter the previous account with the new password.
As you can see all the mentioned methods above in the article are very easy to put to use if you have the basic expertise of how to handle an Apple device. Out of all the methods, recalling the password using Password Hint is a very tedious and time consuming method, and at some point of time may prove to be futile, thus Recovery Mode is the best option that you can heed to reset your forgotten password. Hope you had a great time knowing the ways to recover your login password on iMac or Macbook.