Most Mac users will set a login password to protect their privacy. If you forget Mac Password without a question mark to remind you, you have to reset your Mac password. Don't worry too much! Your Mac will not be locked forever. We will introduce four different ways to reset Mac passwords in this article. You can reset Mac passwords with Apple ID, another admin account, FileVault, and you can reset passwords on Mac in Recovery Mode.

To help you understand how to reset Mac passwords more intuitively, we provide a video about how to rest Mac passwords. Before you click to watch it, check the key points, and you can skip to a specific part.

  • 02:41 Show password reset options
  • 03:22 Use Apple ID to reset Mac passwords
  • 04:47 Create a new password on Mac
  • 05:43 Enter your new password

How to Reset Password on Mac with Apple ID

It is easy to recover Excel password or reset your email password, but when you forget your Mac login password, it is not simple to get your password back. The first method we recommend is resetting the password on the Mac with your Apple ID. You need to follow the operations below to reset your Mac password.

Step 1. Make sure you are in the login window.

Step 2. Enter the password up to three times, and then you will see the password reset option.

Step 3. Click "Reset it using your Apple ID".

use Apple ID to reset the password

Step 4. Enter your Apple ID and the password, and then you can reset your password.

Step 5. Click the account you want to reset the password.

click the Mac account

Step 6. Please enter the new password and verify it.

enter the new password

Step 7. Now you can restart your Mac and enter the new password.

reset password completed

Reset Mac Password with Another Admin Account

This method is for Mac users with more than one Mac administrator account or who didn't link their Apple ID. Here's how:

Step 1. Ensure you are in the login window and enter Mac with another account.

Step 2. Check the System preferences and choose "Users and Groups".

click Users and Groups

Step 3. Select the Mac account you want to reset the password and click "Reset Password".

Step 4. Log out of this account and enter your Mac again with the new password.

How to Reset Mac Password with FileVault

FileVault is a disk encryption program in macOS. It can encrypt your Mac's hard drive and all the stored data. You can reset Mac passwords if your FileVault is turning on. The exact method is similar to the first solution. Here's how:

Step 1. Make sure you are in the login window.

Step 2. Enter the password up to three times, and then you will see the password reset option.

Step 3. Click "Restart and show password reset options".

show password reset options

Step 4. Enter your recovery key, and click "Next".

Step 5. Click the account you want to reset the password.

click the Mac account

Step 6. Please enter the new password and verify it.

enter the new password

Step 7. Now you can restart your Mac and enter the new password.

reset password completed

Reset Mac Password in Recovery Mode

Suppose you forgot Mac passwords with no Apple ID and no question mark. All three methods we recommend don't work on your Mac. Don't panic! You can still reset Mac passwords in Recovery Mode. We will give you a detailed guide to help you reset passwords on Macs.

How to Boot Mac in Recovery Mode

We'll let you know how to boot your Mac in Recovery Mode. If your Mac won't boot into Recovery Mode, you can fix it with the following solutions:

Check your Mac keyboard connections.

Now we can start to boot Mac in Recovery Mode:

Step 1. Shut down your Mac in the login windows.

Step 2. Restart your Mac, press both the Command and R keys and release them when the Apple logo appears. If your Mac has an M1 chip, you should hold the power button until the startup disk shows up.

Step 3. When you see macOS utilities, you are in Recovery Mode.

Step 4. Click "Utilities" and then choose "Terminal".

how to open Terminal

Step 5. Open the Terminal, type in resetpassword, and press the Enter key.

type in command

Step 6. Then you can reset the password and restart your Mac.

If I Erase Everything in Recovery Mode, What Can I Do

When you are using Recovery Mode for the first time, it is possible to reset and erase all the data on your Mac because of misoperations. How can recover the deleted files on Mac? The simplest way to get back the lost data on Mac is by applying EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.

Data loss will frequently happen on a Mac device, and we list some situations you may need to recover data on a Mac:

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac

  • You can recover lost photos, music, documents, videos, audio, etc.
  • We support recovering data from MacBook/iMac, cameras, SD cards, iPods, etc.
  • We support multiple operating systems, including macOS Ventura, Monterey, Big Sur, etc.

We will teach you how to recover lost data after you erase the Mac in the Recovery Mode.

Step 1. Select the drive to be scanned

In the main EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard window, there will be a list of the drives connected to your Mac. Select the drive you need to recover lost/deleted files from, and click the "Search for lost files" button.

select a location and scan for lost Mac data

Step 2. Select your lost data/files

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately scan your selected disk volume and display the scanning results on the left pane. You can sort the results to find the wanted files if you are looking for certain files.

Select your lost data/files

Step 3. Recover lost/deleted data

Once you have found the desired files, preview the files and then click "Recover" to begin the recovery of your deleted/lost Mac files.

recover lost Mac data

Reset Mac Password FAQs

If you still have questions about how to reset your Mac Passwords. Here are some further questions and answers:

How to reset a Mac password in Terminal?

You can reset a Mac password in the Terminal easily in Recovery Mode on Mac:

  1. 1. Enter the Recovery Mode on your Mac.
  2. 2. Click "Utilities" and then choose "Terminal".
  3. 3. After you open the Terminal, you can type in resetpassword and press the Enter key.
  4. 4. Then, you can reset the password and restart your Mac.

How to reset your MacBook password when locked out?

You can reset your MacBook password with your Apple ID:

  1. 1. Make sure you are in the login window.
  2. 2. Enter the password up to three times, and then you will see the password reset option.
  3. 3. Click "Reset it using your Apple ID".
  4. 4. Enter your Apple ID and the password, and then you can reset your password.
  5. 5. Click the account you want to reset the password.
  6. 6. Please enter the new password and verify it.
  7. 7. Now, you can restart your Mac and enter the new password.

How to reset the password on the MacBook air m2?

You can change the login password on MacBook Air in the System Preferences:

  1. 1. Choose the Apple menu and click "System Preferences".
  2. 2. Then click "Users and Groups".
  3. 3. Click "Change Password".
  4. 4. Enter your old password and set the new one.

Forgot MacBook password no question mark. How to reset it?

There are four methods you can reset your MacBook password:

  1. 1. Reset with Apple ID.
  2. 2. Reset with another Mac account.
  3. 3. Reset with FileVault.
  4. 4. Reset the password with Terminal in Recovery Mode on Mac.

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Dany is an editor of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. She focuses on writing articles about data recovery on Mac devices and PCs. She is devoted to improving her writing skills and enriching her professional knowledge. Dany also enjoys reading detective novels in her spare time.

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