How to Change or Reset the Password of a macOS User Account

In this tutorial, I will explain step by step how you can change the password that you are using to log to your Mac, and also how also how you can reset the password if you can’t remember it
Your password of your MacOS user is known as your login password, and this password is used to log to your Mac and make most important changes such installing software or uninstalling, change security settings, and much more.

Change your password if you know the current password:

1. From the top bar, click on the apple icon, then from the drop-down menu click on “System Preferences…”.

2. From the settings icons, click on “Users & Groups”.

3. From the list of users, select the user that you need to change the password for it, and click on “Change Password…”.

4. Type your current password, and enter your new password twice, you can also add a hint for the password so you can remember it, then click “Change Password”.

5. Now once you log in again you will need to use your new password, not the old one.

Reset Mac password using commands:

1. Restart your Mac, and keep press “Command + S”, till you promote to a black screen.

2. Once you promoted to the black screen, run the below commands.

mount -uw
shutdown -h now

3. Your Mac will restart and after that it will prompt you to the welcome screen, select your preferred language and create a new user account.


After this tutorial, you should be able to know how you can change your current password from Mac settings, and also how you can reset the user account if you totally forgot what is the current password.


I started this tech blog back in 2011 as a place to write down processes I took to fix my client systems and network. Now I write some tips and tricks to help others with the tech issues that one might encounter.

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