Maintain the security of your Mac up to date is a very important step to prevent your personal data from suffering from cyber attacks and unwanted leaks. With the ease of accessing the internet in our daily lives, we are used to creating passwords for different websites, causing us to forget information or even lose the main password to access the website. MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac.
If this happens, it is possible to recover the password in a simple way with three efficient alternatives on macOS: using a spare key generated by encryption by the “FileVault“, resetting the password using the Apple ID linked to MacBook or resetting the administrator password.
Check below the step-by-step instructions and reliable methods to permanently recover your password.
How to recover macOS password via FileVault
O FileVault uses an advanced encryption method that allows you to generate a 24-character backup password to regain access to your account.
Step 1: When starting the system and verifying your login, select the desired user and click on the “Reset and show password reset options” option. This option will only be available if you enter the wrong password 3 times.
Step 2: After restarting, enter the 24-character backup password generated when you turned on FileVault. It is important to note that this method can only be used if the user has previously activated this option.
Method 2 – Resetting password via Apple ID
Resetting your Apple ID may be the easiest method to regain your access to macOS, however, all linked accounts in iCloud will be automatically signed out after changing the password.
Step 1: Access your smartphone or local computer and change your password through the Apple website by clicking here!
Step 2: Enter your Apple ID correctly and check the email you received to change your password.
To change your password, you must remain connected to the internet throughout the process.
Method 3 – Resetting the administrator password
This method can only be used if the MacBook or iMac has 2 or more users linked to change the password. If the user who is having difficulty logging in is the computer administrator, it will be impossible to continue this method.
Step 1: Use a secondary user as administrator and access the option “System Settings".
Step 2: Look for the option “Users and Groups” and check the user who intends to reset the password. To facilitate the search, you can select the quick search tab and type the word “users".
Step 3: With the user selected, choose the “Change” option to complete the computer password change process.
Step 4 (Bonus): After completing the settings and resetting the password MacBook Air, MacBook Pro or iMac, you can add other users as administrators. To do this, select the user and click on the “Allow this user to administer the computer".
All methods revealed above are recommended by Apple and can be carried out at any time in the system settings or through a mobile device that is connected to the internet. The FileVault method and Apple ID are essential to keep your account safe from possible cyber attacks.
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Revised by Dácio Castelo Branco on 07/11/2023