Forgetting your Mac admin password can be a huge hassle, especially if you need to access important files or make changes to your system. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to reset your password and get back into your Mac.
Reset Your Password with Apple ID
The first step is to try resetting your password with your Apple ID. If you’ve previously used an Apple ID to log into your Mac, you can use it to reset your admin password. To do this, simply go to the Apple ID website and select “Forgot Apple ID or Password”. Follow the instructions on the website to reset your password and gain access to your Mac.
Create a New Admin Account
If you don’t have an Apple ID associated with your Mac, or if the above method doesn’t work for some reason, you can create a new admin account. To do this, restart your Mac and hold down the Command + R keys while it boots up. This will open up the Recovery Mode menu. From here, select “Utilities” and then “Terminal”. Type in “resetpassword” and hit enter. This will open up a window where you can create a new admin account with a new password.
Use Target Disk Mode
If neither of the above methods work for you, there is one more option available: Target Disk Mode. This will allow you to access the files on your Mac from another computer via FireWire or Thunderbolt connection. To do this, restart your Mac and hold down the T key while it boots up. This will put it into Target Disk Mode and allow another computer to access its files via FireWire or Thunderbolt connection. Once connected, you can copy over any important files that may be locked behind the forgotten admin password.
Forgetting your Mac admin password can be frustrating, but thankfully there are several ways to reset it or gain access without it. Whether you use an Apple ID, create a new admin account, or use Target Disk Mode, there are options available that will help get you back into your Mac quickly and easily.
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