How to Change MacBook Password? – Getting Started
The most standard and efficient way to shield your info is to have a lock screen password on your PC to greet you every time you wake your MacBook. Ideally, this passcode should be exclusive, not used as your ID, and kept to yourself.
It’s also handy to know how to change a MacBook password so you can maintain your MacBook login clean and impenetrable. After all, passcodes are hacked online all the time, and if you’ve used it someplace else, it might no longer be safe.
There are a couple of reasons why you may want to change the passcode on your MacBook. Maybe you gave it to a friend, and you’re starting to regret that decision; maybe you want to change the password for proper device security, or maybe you’ve forgotten it.
In addition, you might never know who could have seen you entering your passcode when unlocking your MacBook. Regardless of the reason, you’re in luck changing your MacBook password is easy. Simply follow the steps illustrated below, and you should be good.
Basic Password Reset Method
This is the simplest and quickest method of changing your MacBook’s login password. However, this method is only applicable if you can remember your current passcode. Try the other methods discussed below if you’ve forgotten your current passcode.
- Click on the Apple icon in the upper-left corner of your screen.
- Next, click on ‘System Preferences.’
- Then click on ‘Users and Groups.’
- Ensure you’ve selected your user account and click on ‘Change Password.’
- Next, key in your current passcode in the ‘Old Password’ text box.
- Then key in a new password in the ‘New Password’ text box.
- Enter the new passcode a second time in the ‘Verify’ text box.
- Enter a hint to help you remember your passcode in case you forget it.
- Next, click on ‘Change Password.’
Now the next time you want to sign in to your MacBook, you’ll use the new passcode.
Admin Password Reset Method
If your MacBook has a local administrator account, you can use it to change the sign-in passcode of any standard user account.
Unfortunately, not all MacBooks are configured in this manner, although it’s a method that can come in handy.
You’ll need to access the administrator account to use this technique. If somebody else has control of the admin account, you’ll need to consult them to reset your passcode.
That said, the process of changing a MacBook passcode using an Admin account is as follows:
- Sign in to the MacBook using its admin account.
- Next, click on the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your screen.
- Then click on ‘System Preferences.’
- Next, click on ‘Users and Groups.’
- Then click on the lock icon in the lower-left corner of your screen.
- Key in the Admin account username and passcode and click on ‘Unlock.’
- Click on the account in the left side whose login password you’ve forgotten.
- Then click on ‘Reset Password’ on the right side.
- Enter a new passcode and enter it again in the verification textbox.
- Enter a hint if you want and click on ‘Change Passcode.’
- Click on the Apple menu followed by ‘Log out Admin.’
Now you can log into your standard user account using the new passcode.
Apple ID Password Reset Method
If you have forgotten your Mac’s sign-in passcode, you can use your Apple ID to change it. This procedure is easy, but you should ensure that you’ve forgotten your passcode entirely.
MacBook passcodes are case-sensitive so ensure the indicator light on the caps lock button is off. Also, ensure that you capitalize any letters you did when creating the passcode.
However, if you can’t recall your passcode, here is how to reset it using Apple ID:
- Try and sign into your MacBook by entering the wrong passcode a couple of times.
- You’ll see a text with a dash next to it following three tries. Click on the arrow or dash icon to reset your passcode using your Apple ID.
- Next, key in your Apple ID credentials.
- Then click on ‘OK.’
- Now your MacBook should reboot automatically.
- Next, click on ‘Forgot All Passwords.’
- Then click on the ‘Set Password’ icon next to your user account.
- Key in a new passcode and hint and click on ‘Set Password.’
- Click on ‘Set Password’ next to all accounts and rehash the reset procedure.
- Once you have reset all passcodes, click on ‘Next.’
- Finally, click on ‘Restart.’
Note: Apart from changing your MacBook password with Apple ID, Apple also allows you to set your Apple ID password as your secondary MacBook login password. If you have ever shared your Apple ID with someone else, that person can access your MacBook.
All in all, you can change a MacBook password using a couple of methods, as illustrated above. The method you choose depends on why you want to change the password could be you’re want to use a complex password or you have forgotten your current one.