If you can’t remember your computer’s
admin password, this video is for you. We’re going to look at how to reset it without losing
any of your data.
A user account password, or admin password, is the password you use to login to your Mac.
It may also be used when you install software, or change settings in system preferences.
You created this password when your computer was first setup, and you can change or reset
it using the method we’re going to look at right now. The first thing we want to do
is restart our computer by going to the Apple logo in the top-left, clicking on that, and
then clicking on restart. As your computer is restarting, hold down the Command-R key
on the keyboard. Continue to do this until you see the Apple logo show up on boot. Newer
Mac’s will have a black background, and older Mac’s will have a grey one. In either
case they should boot up shortly into the recovery partition. Once you’re booted into
the recovery partition, navigate up to the menu bar and click on Utilities, and then
select Terminal from that menu. Once Terminal is open, type “resetpassword” as all one word
into the window, and then hit return on your keyboard. This will open the reset password
utility. Once in the reset password utility, click once on your hard drive, then select
the user account that you’d like to reset the password for. Once you’ve selected your
user account, enter and then re-enter your new password, and if you’d like, add a hint.
When this is done you can press the save button. You will see a warning indicating that you
will want to create a new keychain when you log back into your user. After you’ve clicked
“ k” to that warning, you can go ahead and restart the computer by clicking the Apple
logo on the top-left and then clicking restart. After you restart your computer, you may be
prompted with a window that asks to “Create New Keychain” or “Update Keychain Password”.
It is important that you select “Create New Keychain” if this pops up, otherwise
your computer will continually ask for a password for every application that needs one, which
you’ll find out would be a lot if you don’t do this. So click “Create New Keychain”
and the reset of your password is complete. Thank you guys so much for watching this video
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