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The Apple Mac, iMac and the mobile MacBook with Mac OS X and macOS are password-protected by the user when the operating system is set up. If you have forgotten your Mac password because you have not used the computer for a long time or have only switched it to stand-by when not in use, then you do not have to despair. If you have forgotten the macOS password, you can reset it. The following step-by-step instructions will help you - without Apple support or an appointment in the store;)
If you have forgotten the password for your user account on the Apple Mac, then simply work through the following step-by-step instructions. At the end you can easily set up a new password and thus restore access to your account. So you don't have to despair, reinstall macOS or use Apple support.
If you cannot access your user account on the Mac because you have forgotten your password, then switch off the computer again. Then start it again and hold the key combination cmd+R (About the command key) pressed. When the boot logo (apple) appears, you can release the buttons again. Now macOS starts in recovery mode, which could take a few minutes.
If the recovery system does not start, it may have been removed or damaged. In this case presses at startup cmd + alt + R (Information on the Alt or Option key) so that the system can be downloaded from the Internet and installed (Internet connection required). If everything works out now, continue with the next step.
If everything went well, you are now in recovery mode from the Apple Mac, iMac or MacBook. There you choose the item on the menu bar Utilities and in its menu that Port. In the terminal window you now enter resetpassword (ie “reset password” for “reset password”, only without spaces). Confirmed with the Enter key.
Once the command has been executed, the program opens Reset passwords. Now select your user account for which you forgot the password. To reset it, insert a new password in the appropriate fields and set a note that will remind you if it is lost again. Confirmed with Continue and restart the computer.
As you can see: Resetting the password on the Mac or changing it without access to the corresponding account is not that difficult. However, that also means that basically everyone - thieves; Colleagues; Roommates; Parents or partners who want to force you to clean up; etc. - can perform these steps. Therefore, you should rather remember your access data and deactivate the possibility of a simple reset.
One way to do this is to protect the recovery mode with its own password. You set this so-called firmware password in the recovery system by going to the menu Utilities in the Firmware password utility goes. There you click on Activate and set a password. But be careful: If you forget this again, then you need one Appointment in the Apple Store, where you can submit the Mac with proof of purchase to be reset.
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After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.