Reset Root Password For Mac

Just like Windows, Mac is another operating system that is being used by millions of people around the world. At certain points, it considered better than Windows. However, the fundamental usages on both are quite similar. Just the way of doing things is different. In this article, I am going to explain how to reset your Mac login or admin password if you forgot it by chance.

Use One Admin Account to Reset Another Admin Account. Since Mac OS X 10.4, Apple allows. Reset your Mac login password On your Mac, choose Apple menu Restart, or press the Power button on your computer and then click Restart. Click your user account, click the question mark in the password field, then click the arrow next to “reset it using your Apple ID.” Enter an Apple ID and password. As of Catalina, if you forget the password to any account with the SecureToken enabled, no other users can reset that account password unless you know the current password. In which case, you will have to reboot the Mac into recovery mode and reset the passwords for all user accounts.

Last time I got my Mac and set root password on it. Crack for sketchup pro for mac. After a while I forgot the password when I need to set the system. Luckily, I found the easy step to reset the password without mac osx boot dvd. Today I’ll share how to reset root password (or any user password) on Mac OSX with simple step. NOTE: I tried this on Mac OSX Snow leopard.

There are certain ways and methods that you can employ to reset the password of you Mac OS X in case you forgot it. There might be many ways of resetting the Mac password but I am explaining the three ways that I am familiar with.

Method 1: Reset Mac Admin Password Using Your Apple ID

One of the simplest and easiest ways to reset Mac OS X password is resetting by using your Apple ID.Now since you forgot your password, just enter wrong passwords many times on the login screen, and you will see a message just as you can see in the screenshot below that states that you can reset the password using the Apple ID.

There you can also see a small arrow that you have to click to reset the password. Follow the on-screen instruction, and in few minutes you will be able to reset your password. This method is simple and effective! I prefer this one over any other method, and that is the reason, I kept this on the top on my list.

Note: This method will work only if you already have the Apple ID linked to your account. If you're Windows 10 user, don't forgot to check our other guide for Windows 10 password reset.

Method 2: Mac OS X's Password Recovery Utility To Reset Your Password

Mac OS X has inbuilt password recovery utility that you can use to reset the password.

Follow the steps below:

1) Start your Mac computer by pressing the Power button.


2) Press Command + R immediately to boot your Mac computer to recovery drive.

Step 3. Now you will see the recovery utility screen. Select Terminal from Utilities Menu. Then type the command: resetpassword in the Terminal.

Step 4. Press the Enter button, and the Password Recovery Utility will be opened. There you have to select the volume that contains the user account which is by default: Macintosh HD. Enter a new password, and click on save.

Important Note: Keep the Terminal open while doing all this process.

Step 5. Restart your Mac computer, and when it asks the password, enter the password you have just set in step 4, and you will be able to log in.

Method 3: Use Terminal To Reset Your OS X Password

Before you get on to try this method, let me tell you a few things:

1. This method will create a new admin account, and then you can use that account to reset your existing account's password.
2. Though this method is well tested, you must have the backup of your data. And, we don't take any responsibilities of any damage that may happen (in rare cases) while carrying out this method.
3. Try this method only if no other method works for you.

Follow the steps below to carry out the password reset using Terminal:

Step 1. Press power button to turn your Mac On. And Press and hold Command + S

Step 2. Doing this will open the Terminal in single user mode. If you see the below screen, you are successfully entered into the single user mode of Terminal.

Step 3. Now, you need to execute a set of commands one by one that I have listed below. Remember, after every command you type, you have to press the enter button to execute that command.

mount -uw /

rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone

shutdown –h

Step 4. After the last command, your Mac will be shut down. Press power button to start again. You will see the Mac startup screen. Follow the steps that are narrated by your Mac to create an admin account.

Step 5. Now, you will be logged in using your new admin account. Go to Users & Groups from System Preferences.

Step 6. Now, Click on the lock icon to authenticate. And enter the admin user and password you have just created.

Step 7. Now you will see all the user accounts that are present on your Mac. You just have to select the account which password you need to reset, and just do it.

Once you are done with the resetting the password of the account, you may log out of the newly created admin account, and log in with the account which password you have just reset using the new password.


These are the three best ways to reset the Mac login password when you forgot it. For better security, note down your password somewhere, and keep that safe! Hope you like these methods.

Oct.18, 2016 17:11:32 pm / Posted by Vicky Tiffany to Windows 7

Lost or forgot Mac admin password and no installer disc? Here are 3 effective ways to easily reset Mac admin password without disk.

Even you have lost access to Mac, the built-in password recovery utility and terminal will always help you to sign in Mac after Mac admin password reset.

Way 1: Reset Mac admin password with another administrator

While you have another available administrator on Mac, please take this easy and safe way to reset your Mac password.

1. Power on Mac and login with another administrator.

For example, if you want to reset mac password for admin account 'isunshare fox', now please select another administrator 'deger' to sign in Mac.

Os X Password Reset

2. Open System PreferencesUsers & Groups and remove the lock on editing with administrator password.

3. Select the admin account in user list, and click on Reset Password button next to the account.

4. Type a new password for selected account and reenter it to verify. Click Change Password and the Mac admin password would be reset or removed if you don't type any password for administrator account.

5. Restart Mac with admin account you just reset password to make new password effective.

Way 2: Reset Mac admin forgotten password with Apple ID

Before using Apple ID to reset forgotten Mac admin account password, it is necessary to make sure you have linked your admin account to Apple ID on accessible Mac.

Steps to reset Mac forgotten admin password with Apple ID:

1. Power on Mac and select the password-forgotten admin account to sign in.

2. Just type incorrect password, press Enter and you would get the message about you can reset password using your Apple ID. Click the icon after that.


3. Enter Apple ID and its password. And tap on Reset Password to continue.

Note: If you forgot apple id password, please reset it at first on login page through email or security questions you have set.

4. Click OK while another message prompts you will create a new keychain if you change the password for this user.

5. Type a new password twice for admin account and click on Reset Password button to make Mac admin password reset successfully with Apple ID.

6. Access Mac with new admin password and then you could create new keychain.

Simple steps to associate admin account to Apple ID on Mac:

1. Open System PreferencesUsers & Groups and right click the password-forgotten admin account. Choose Advanced Options. Or you can directly see Apple ID option under the user account. (Take Yosemite as example)

2. On Advanced Options window, click Set button next to the Apple ID option to add Apple ID.

3. Write down the existing Apple ID you want to associated with or create one now by Create Apple ID option if you have no Apple ID. Click OK and again to make sure the connection between user account and Apple ID.

4. Return to the admin account in Users & Groups. Now please check 'Allow user to reset password using Apple ID'. Then you could reset admin password with this Apple ID on Mac login screen whenever you want.

Way 3: Reset Mac admin password with password recovery utility

It will guide you how to reset Mac admin password with built-in password reset tool on Mac. And it always works even though you have no another administrator or have not associated admin account to Apple ID.

1. Start Mac and press Command + R when grey screen appears and hold on it until you see Apple logo.

2. Wait for Mac entering recovery mode.

Reset Root Password Macos High Sierra

3. While you access Mac in recovery mode, click Utilities on the top menu and select Terminal.

Reset Password Mac Terminal

4. Type resetpassword in Terminal and press Enter. Please keep terminal open.

5. On following Reset Password utility, choose a user you want to reset password. And click Next.

  • If the account is not associated with Apple ID, you will be able to directly reset a new password for account on Mac.
  • If it has been linked to Apple ID, you will have to input Apple ID password firstly and then could reset Mac user password.

After Mac user password reset, reboot Mac to make password recovery effective.

Note: If you still want to reset password for another user in recovery mode, please type 'resetpassword' again in Terminal and all of users will be listed again for you to choose and reset password.

Besides above easy and safe ways, Terminal also helps you to reset Mac admin password with command line in single user mode, but it seems a little difficult and is not recommended. Surely if you think you can do it, please try. But if you cannot do it in proper way, probably your Mac would be damaged by something wrong.

  • 1. Reboot Mac and enter single user mode by holding down Command + S.
  • 2. Check filesystem errors and fix them on Mac with command: fsck -fy
  • 3. Mount the root macOS drive as writable and allow changes to filesystem: mount -uw /
  • 4. Reset mac user password with command line: passwd username
  • 5. Enter the new password for user you type and reboot Mac.


1. If you cannot make sure the user name, please check it with command 'ls /Users' at first in Terminal.

2. And it is an extra step for Mac running OS X 10.7.3 and later. Load Open Directory with following command before running password reset command line.

launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/

Reset Root Password Mac Command Line

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