How To Reset If Forgot MacBook Password (2023)

Discover how to reset your MacBook password using Apple ID. Easy steps and essential tips to prevent future password forgetfulness. Stay secure!

By Abhishek Chandel
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How To Reset If Forgot MacBook Password

How To Reset If Forgot MacBook Password

The process described details how to reset a forgotten password on the latest MacBook models running macOS Sonoma. By utilizing Apple's built-in password reset tools and verification through a trusted device, Mac users can securely regain access to a locked Mac computer through just a few steps. This provides an easy way to recover when you've forgotten your login credentials.

Steps to reset your Mac password without the old password

1. To access the forgotten password on the MacBook, first you need to log out from the current user. As you're on the lock screen, so you can restart your Mac to logout from the current user. 

2. After resetting, you will be taken back to the locked login screen. Here, enter any incorrect password 3 times in a row when prompted for the password.

3. Entering the wrong password 3 times will bring up the password reset options. Click on the option that says "Reset it using your Apple ID". This allows you to reset using your Apple account.

4. On the next screen, enter your full Apple ID email address and Apple ID password. Once entered, click the blue "Reset Password" button to proceed.

5. Your MacBook will now restart and take you to the actual password reset screen. On this screen, re-enter the same Apple ID and password you entered in the previous step.

6. After entering your Apple ID info again, Apple will send a 6-digit one-time passcode (OTP) to your registered mobile number. Enter this OTP code on the Mac screen to verify your identity.

7. On the reset password screen, you can now type in a new password you want to set. Make sure it's something secure you'll remember.

8. Now select the user account you want to reset the password for from the dropdown list.

9. You'll see a "Reset Password Completed" message. Click the Restart button and your MacBook will restart.

10. After restarting it'll take you to the login screen, here enter your newly created password & voila you get your access back to your Mac.

How to prevent forgetting your password in the future

  • Use a password manager like 1Password or LastPass to generate and store strong, unique passwords for each account. This allows you to use long, complex passwords without having to memorize them.

  • Enable two-factor authentication on your Apple ID account for extra security. This will require you to enter a temporary code from one of your trusted devices when logging in.

  • Write down password hints or reminders and keep them somewhere secure like a safe. This gives you a physical backup if your memory fails.

  • Change your passwords periodically to keep them fresh in your mind. But don't make frequent changes so you end up forgetting the new ones.

  • Associate a memorable phrase, song lyric, or image with your password to help cement it in your brain through mnemonics.

  • Stick to using the same password format with minor tweaks for different sites so it’s easier to remember the pattern.

  • Avoid overly complex passwords with random characters that are impossible to memorize. Opt for passphrases instead.

  • Enable biometric logins like Touch ID on your MacBook so you can use your fingerprint when you get distracted and forget passwords.

Following best practices for password hygiene will help avoid the hassle of a reset when your memory does fail you. The key is finding a balance between security and memorability.


Following these simple sequential steps will allow you to seamlessly reset your Mac password using your Apple ID, even if you're locked out from forgetting your current login credentials. Apple's password reset process is designed to be straightforward for occasions where access may be lost. With macOS Sonoma, users can conveniently leverage Apple's cloud ecosystem to restore access and resume the use of a secured Mac.

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