I'm trying to reset my forgotten login password. Most of the other questions I've seen are about not even being able to login. However I setup "start without login" so I can get into the System Preferences etc. I just can't update my PW since I can't remember my old one. Is there anything I can do (other than what I'd do if I couldn't even login)?

  • Start up in single-user mode (press cmd+s on startup), change password (mount -uw / ; launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.opendirectoryd.plist ; passwd <username>), exit (exit).
    – Joy Jin
    Commented Mar 3, 2021 at 2:59
  • If you can create a new administrator user account in System Preferences>Users & Groups you can then log into that administrator and in the same system preferences User & Groups settings, select your main administrator user account in the left sidebar and press Reset password and it should allow you to reset it without prompting you for your old password. This may work for you, because I believe single-user mode doesn't work on the most recent macOS systems cc @JoyJin
    – AVelj
    Commented Mar 3, 2021 at 3:02
  • @AVelj That will require you to enter your password to add a user
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Feb 26, 2022 at 10:16

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Click in the password box and see if it pops-up with your email address. if it does select it and see if that works. Your password is often safed with your user name which is often your email address.

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