Forgot Mac Password? See how to Reset Without Disk

If you have forgotten Mac OS X account password, then there is a tricky method which let you create a new administrator account on Mac OS X and through that admin account, you can reset password of the previous account.

So, let’s see how to create an administrator account on Mac while you lost your Mac passwords. This guide was written using Mac OS X Snow Leopard and also testing on OS X Yosemite as well.

Creating new Mac OS X account to recover old account

  1. Restart the system and hold “Cmd + S” keys from the keyboard until it shows Terminal.
    Startup terminal
  2. Now type the following commands one after one and press “Enter” button after each command to execute it individually.
    /sbin/mount -uaw
    rm /var/db/.applesetupdone
    Run commands
  3. “Reboot” command will restart the Mac, and you will see the “Welcome wizard” after beautiful welcome messages animation.Mac OS X welcome wizard
  4. Follow all the wizard instructions, until you see the following screen to create a new account. Fill all entries and hit Continue button.Create mac account

This will create a new administrator account and automatically log into it.


Reset old user account password

Now you can reset the password of your old Mac OS X account using this new account, here is the process.

  1. Click on “Apple icon” and then “System Preferences.”
    Mac system preferences
  2. Click on “Account”s icon
  3. Here you can see all Mac OS X user accounts are listed, new account “TrickyWays” that we have created and “Susan” the old one that we want to recover.
    Click on the lock icon to enable previous account “Susan” and reset its password.
    Click lock to make changes
    Enter the Password of current user account and hit the OK button
    Type User password
  4. Now your prev. the account is enabled for changes, select that and hit the “Reset Password” button
    Reset password
    Enter “New password”, “Password hint” and hit “Reset Password” button to reset the account password.
    Enter new password for account

Now log out and log in to your prev. account “Susan” and you can delete the account “TrickyWays” that we have created to recover prev. account “Susan”.

Leave a message below in comments, If you successfully recovered your account or need further help to solve the problem.

see also how to reset the Root password on Mac OS X or check out our Mac OS X section for more Mac Tricks

198 comments… add one
Susan June 21, 2010, 12:58 pm

This is some type of hacking Mac computer and its really bad if in bad hands, but i Its useful for me i forgot my Mac password.

cert June 24, 2010, 6:48 pm

What a great resource!

Lili June 28, 2010, 3:15 pm

it Worked!

macbook user July 9, 2010, 5:01 am

Not working for me, i cant get passed:
rm /var/db/.applesetupdone

it says:
No Such file or directory

macbook user July 9, 2010, 5:20 am

never mind, i was adding a space befor the . THANKS!

Snow August 4, 2010, 6:55 pm

Mac OS X Snow Leopard

trickYguY July 11, 2010, 12:52 am

which OS ver. you are using?

Fan July 9, 2010, 5:51 am

It worked!

prima July 15, 2010, 3:03 am

i was following your directions, and when i got to entering the new password for the account i am trying to recover, it asks for a master password. so i tried typing in the one that i created earlier in your directions but it keeps saying the password is incorrect. what should i do?

thanks so much!

trickYguY July 15, 2010, 8:49 am

Can you tell me the exact step where its prompting for the password.

If its prompting on step-5 then enter the password of the user that you created in step-3 of wizard.

Feel free to reply.

prima July 15, 2010, 9:50 am

it is happening at step six. one top of the new password space it asks for master password. so it looks like this:
master password:
new password:
password hint

i tried putting in the step three password for the master password and it says it is incorrect.

Jan July 16, 2010, 3:20 am

If your previous Mac account was protected by FileVault then you must enter the master password first to reset it. If you forgot the the master password i don’t thing there is any way to bring your account back b/c its encrypted by FileVault.

prima July 16, 2010, 3:29 am

ok, is the master password the one i set for the filevault? i really appreciate the help!!

prima July 16, 2010, 7:18 am

now, a new window comes up and it says
reset password failed.
what does this mean?

Jan July 19, 2010, 12:12 am

According to your comments with TrickyGuy so far i think FileValut was enabled on the account that you want to recover.
If FileValute is enabled on a Mac account its mean you have a Master Password as well and you have to enter this before editing any account information on Mac.

Louseeo July 17, 2010, 2:07 am

I must agree with the rest, I tried other methods to try to get my password reset with no luck. This worked exactly as explained. Thank you so much! I am bookmarking this site.

hcky July 23, 2010, 11:28 pm

Not working for me, i cant get passed:
rm /var/db/ .applesetupdone
it says:
No Such file or directory

trickYguY July 24, 2010, 2:00 am

Don’t put space before “.applesetupdone”

write like this:
rm /var/db/.applesetupdone

Feel free to reply.

Ap January 13, 2011, 6:55 pm

I did the steps and it rebooted and no welcome screen?

JulieTrus January 9, 2012, 12:12 am

The same thing happened to me. I got through the rebooting part fine, but when it restarted it led me directly back to my original desktop screen with no “Welcome” screen or any of the other steps?

JulieTrus January 9, 2012, 12:21 am

I’m having the same problem in that I cannot get past the 2nd step. I’m typing in all of the “:/root” variations properly, then my system goes to reboot but the “Welcome” screen doesn’t come up; instead it goes directly back to my original desktop. What should I do?

stuckinva July 25, 2010, 8:33 pm

this was excellent…worked perfectly…thx

cocho July 29, 2010, 6:05 am

I having problems with the first step do you restart the cumputer and press cmds or how ?

trickYguY July 29, 2010, 10:21 pm

Yes, restart your Mac, press and hold the “cmd + S” both keys until it shows terminal

sancho520 February 12, 2012, 7:32 am

I cant get it to work I tried restarting and holding command + s and it boots up like normal every time. I have osx version 10.6.8 what am I doing wrong??

svasquez July 11, 2012, 11:17 pm

I have the same problem. After the system comes back up, I press Cmd + S and absolutely nothing happens (vers 10.4.11)

svasquez August 4, 2012, 2:27 am

Never did get a reply. Please help. When I reboot my Mac and hit the Comnd key + S key … nothing happens.

Rajit August 1, 2010, 10:53 pm

Does this effect my macbook warranty to break password?

alex August 9, 2010, 10:49 pm

this is not working

trickYguY August 10, 2010, 12:18 am

Its working fine. Can you tell me the error?

drifter August 11, 2010, 8:00 am

Thanks for the hint. My only complaint is the “digg tweet buzz etc. icon covers a fifth of my screen and it could not be harder to read the goddamn text.

trickYguY August 11, 2010, 2:18 pm

What screen resolution you are using on your computer?

Alalala August 12, 2010, 10:56 pm

I wrote the commands and it worked perfectlly, but then the “step 3” didn’t appear.

trickYguY August 13, 2010, 12:45 am

If you able to run command successfully then it must show the step3.
after reboot command this will show welcome intro, let the intro completes and get to the step3.

Quekil August 12, 2010, 11:04 pm

Does this work with MAC OS 9 or OS X only

trickYguY August 13, 2010, 12:47 am

I am not sure this will work with Mac OS 9, you can try to run the command at your own risk.

jageostah August 24, 2010, 9:27 pm

i dont have the apple keyboard.. i am using a wireless microsoft.. can i still do this???

trickYguY August 24, 2010, 10:22 pm

I don’t have Microsoft wireless keyboard. But i think you can connect Microsoft keyboard with iPhone as well, because Bluetooth keyboards uses the standard method for identifying and connecting with other bluetooth devices.

venomas August 23, 2010, 12:22 pm

loved it!
thanks, thanks!

deziner247 August 29, 2010, 7:20 pm

Will this work on Mac OS X 10.4.11?

jbellman September 19, 2010, 6:01 am

Does this erase everything currently installed? Or will it keep as is but just reset the password?

trickYguY September 20, 2010, 12:27 am

This will not delete anything, using this method create a new account and through that account you will recover your previous lost password account.

Drena September 20, 2010, 4:34 pm

I have wireless keybord and it doesnt work to press cmd+s. Nothing happends. Help

cjanet September 25, 2010, 10:13 am

If your on a server, will the serve show that you made yourself admin?

DJ October 3, 2010, 10:19 pm

Very Very Very Very Helpful THANK YOU SO MUCH…PEACE

KESMOE719 October 4, 2010, 4:34 am


trickYguY October 5, 2010, 12:31 am

I think you have installed dual Operating Systems and some kind of utility to select one OS at start-up. Remove this utility of see the utility documentation how to get into command terminal.

jpx3 December 13, 2010, 12:11 am

Delete what utility i keep pressing command s as well but it starts up regularly and nothing

aa November 9, 2010, 1:59 am

Worked fine!
On my leopard I had to do “/sbin/mount -uaw /”.
Also, the “/” moved to the “-” button since I have a non-us-keyboard.

trickYguY November 9, 2010, 3:25 am

This guide is written using OSX Snow Leopard. Which version you are you using, OS X Leopard or Snow Leopard?

offthewall November 9, 2010, 10:34 pm

This does work but 90% of the people replying to this should not be messing around in single user mode and would be MUCH better served booting with the original MacOS disk and using the “reset password” command there.

Docus November 14, 2010, 2:38 am

This is the most impressive trick I have tried on a Mac!

I was possible to change not only the pw but the language as well! Super-duper. Besides from that I could upgrade my 10.5 to 10.6- so now my old iMac is as new…J
Thanx alot for ur help


info November 17, 2010, 12:57 am

Hi trickyguy – followed your suggestions. Works up to step3 but instead of Welcome screen I get the Mac OS X “choose your language” screen and stays there no matter what I select. Any thoughts?

trickYguY November 17, 2010, 2:44 am

Can you send me the screenshot? Also tell me which Mac OS X version you are using?

info November 17, 2010, 4:31 am

My client has brought his Macbook with 3 sets of disks – 10.5, 10.4.7 and 10.6.1 “I was doing an upgrade and something went wrong and now I can’t login”. So that is why I was trying your trick to create a new supervisor password. As for a screen dump – the system won’t let me do anything – it just displays the language dialogue.

abell92 March 13, 2011, 10:18 am

I’m having the same issue, any ideas on how to resolve?

AlexGW June 4, 2011, 5:36 am

Same problem here with 10.5.6 iBook G4, select a language, window disappears then re-appears a few seconds later for a language selection. I noticed the presence of a .AppleCustomMac in /var/db/ – could this be the trouble maker?

pdregs December 14, 2010, 9:55 am

Thank you so much! This was a very easy to follow guide and worked like a charm. The administrator at work forgot the admin password and I was always frustrated that I couldn’t use the MAC side of my Macbook pro because that is why my company purchased the laptop for me in the first place. I must admit I was nervous to do this but after seeing the beautiful MAC flash page I was thrilled.

Sham December 19, 2010, 4:23 am

i did create a new user account but my laptop is now messed up it shows the apple and the wheel but after that it turns blue and then grey help me !!!!

ZOMBIESLAYER98 January 23, 2011, 6:46 am

OK it seems like your method works because the crowd is going all crazy. I just wanted to ask; will this method delete everything on my computer? So if I change the admin, will it format everything in everyone’s account?

trickYguY January 24, 2011, 12:28 am

This method just creates a new Admin level account to recover your previous account.

ANDREW January 23, 2011, 6:54 am

will this delete any of my data for my accounts?

Lindsey January 28, 2011, 10:39 pm

omg. thank you SO much. this was SO helpful

DaddyZ February 4, 2011, 2:24 am

This method worked great – until I turned the machine off. Now when I turn it on I get the Apple and the perpetually spinning wheel. I booted into single-user mode and attempted the process again but this time .applesetupdone could not be located. I’ve ran fsck several times and it tells me it appears ok.
Any suggestions?

DaddyZ February 20, 2011, 10:09 am

No Deepfreeze. I have tried to boot from the original disc and as long as I hold β€œC” down it reboots over and over. If I release it I get the spinning wheel.

OHNO February 5, 2011, 1:37 am

And if there is DeepFreeze on your computer?

DaddyZ February 20, 2011, 9:53 am

No Deepfreeze. I have tried to boot from the original disc and as long as I hold “C” down it reboots over and over. If I release it I get the spinning wheel.

abell92 March 13, 2011, 10:00 am

Hi, I followed steps 1-3 however step 3 keeps repeating itself, it does not automatically log in. Can you please assist? My mac is now unable to be used due to not being able to log in. Your assistance is greatly appreciated

neohp March 21, 2011, 7:46 pm


didn’t work for me, becuse the apple setup won’t go to the end.
how can i revert to the original login page ?



Aira April 21, 2011, 2:24 pm

I have the same problem too. can you please help me? did you fixed your MAC already?

Walt_Hutchens March 23, 2011, 2:48 am

Worked like a champ on a freeby-from-the-dump G4 with panther. The very clear instructions were a HUGE help to an Apple newby.

One’s first thought is ‘security hole’ but of course if someone can sit down at your computer and do this, he can simply remove your hard drive and do ‘whatever.’

jamfre07 March 23, 2011, 8:50 am

its not working for me. after i reboot it i have to type in :/root# its not there

airux13 March 24, 2011, 2:35 pm

i have mac os x here in office, they just give me this Mac to use, the problem is the previous user set a password. i cannot use the Mac now because somebody lock it..

i follow the step that you advice here, the problem is the Command+S is not working.. it goes straight to Ask the password of the Admin user..

they also lost the CD/DVD of this Mac Os X.
HOw can i reset the password..

airux13 March 24, 2011, 2:36 pm

the Command+S is not working in me..

lm86ek April 10, 2011, 12:38 am

Is there a way to undo, my computer will not complete setup. so everytime I boot it just loops back to setup.

ERIN April 30, 2012, 7:04 am

I’m having the same problem. Did you get it fixed? How?

bawalove June 25, 2012, 10:26 pm

have the same problem…after setup nd account setup it boots back to the welcome screen initiating startup…pls help

Aira April 20, 2011, 8:02 pm

I reached the step 3 and already put the Password but when I click “continue” it restart to the welcome wizard and showed the start of the step 3. What am I going to do? thanks

Aira April 20, 2011, 8:09 pm

BTW, I repeat it several times but it restart again and again.

Sudrie April 29, 2011, 9:16 pm

really really great work.

lisalopes May 9, 2011, 11:13 pm

i need help regestering it keeps saying phone and everytime i enter it doesnt take ten numbers

Rakotofotsy May 28, 2011, 12:04 am

Thanks! I had a computer at the school that locked me out (I’m a teacher) and I was able to use this hack and get back in! Now I can use the computer, and so can my students!

lamicha1 June 16, 2011, 12:02 am

I’ve followed this exactly but on reboot it returns to the sign on screen?

shawn monroe June 20, 2011, 4:23 am

Thanks so much. Reseting the password worked on osX panther. You know,… the old multi colored tv looking apples. My daughter was trying to reset her password and did something wrong and reset it with a password that she didn’t even know! LOL. Anyway,… I thought that I would try your solve,… and it worked great! Thanks, Well done.

mytaz July 7, 2011, 8:23 am

command s does not work, always booting on user choice panel
What must I do ????
Is it possible that applejack or onyx cancel the command-s ???
great thanks

Mami Chola July 15, 2011, 7:23 am

Thank you for this.

tengb August 27, 2011, 11:05 pm

Thank you. It worked perfectly. You saved my day πŸ™‚

JPKTech September 25, 2011, 5:54 am

Almost worked! Got thru step 3 after I figured out there was no space before the period of .applesetupdone. What happens after the reboot is the sign-in screen appears asking for a name and password. Nothing entered works to get past this point.

The reason I was looking into a password reset was because the iMac 27/3.06/4GB/1TB running 10.6.8 froze up when settings adjustments were being done to System Preferences/Accounts/Login Options. This iMac is part of a Windows Server network and Login Options were set to check a users ID against a DB in the server. If Name and Password matched, the user was “let in” to OSX. Once this thing froze, NO PASSWORD worked at all. 2 hours with AppleCare and 5 searching for a possible remedy like this have still not fixed it.

I think the resources which enable the Login and Login Options are so badly damaged that only a complete system installation can fix. I wish it weren’t so!

Anybody got through this one successfully?

Samuel October 6, 2011, 6:34 am

A perfect advice for entire world to use this unified examples. Very beautifully recovered my system, using your tricky methods. Congratulation for you support. Thank you very much

mariammilan October 12, 2011, 5:57 pm

the command s doesnt work for me. i keep holding it down but nothing happens can someone plzzzzz help me!!!!!!!!!!!

Tazza October 18, 2011, 11:38 am

OMGOMG thankyouthankyou! i cant explain how thankful i am! i so desperately needed to get on my account, you are my ultiment life saver !! πŸ˜€

Mac user October 22, 2011, 5:07 am

I need to recover a password for a Mac is x 10.8 please help

Levy82 October 23, 2011, 9:55 am

Did the process and now when I turn the machine on it brings up a weird screen I’ve never seen with an apple in the middle and sings a song then it’s just stuck there please help

LemoneFresh October 25, 2011, 12:27 am

It will not work for me I have tried the Command S so many times durring reboot and powering on but it never goes to the terminal only the log in

Mexickanu19 November 3, 2011, 12:18 am

you are the best …. work and i’m so happy … THANKS !!!!

slacker November 16, 2011, 10:04 pm

I recently bought an iMac G5 at a surplus store. For some reason, Command + S doesn’t bring up the terminal as described. It keeps going to the login screen. I’ve tried holding down the keys until the screen comes up, and I’ve also tried repeatedly tapping them. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

2006davisjo November 22, 2011, 7:27 pm

Will this work with lion πŸ˜›
Cheers Jonathan

Kenny0903 December 8, 2011, 9:14 am

Thank you! Everything works great. I’m on version 10.6.8 and it works fine to reset the password. Thanks

bieber February 23, 2012, 5:55 pm

i have the same version but command+s doesn’t work for me!!

m4ny December 20, 2011, 7:28 pm

can i still use these steps for my imac?

arriirra December 21, 2011, 8:23 am

It works!!!

Matt December 31, 2011, 11:16 am

I have successfully completed all the steps to reset the admin account,
However when i am asked to set up my new account the keyboard doesn’t allow me to type my information, is there a keyboard lock or another code necessary to enable typing?

bdgruns February 6, 2012, 5:27 am

I’ve run into the same problem… how did you get passed this?

Seau336 January 10, 2012, 9:09 pm

I can’t get past the wireless network screen, the wheel keeps spinning!

Hafsa January 14, 2012, 7:21 pm

I’m pressing command+S but it not showing anything, Could anyone help me please.

Izzie87 January 18, 2012, 9:58 am

This worked perfectly for me. I’ve been dealing with this issue for a very long time now. Nothing else ever worked. Thank you so much for the help!!!

elle February 6, 2012, 4:01 am

Thank You Thank YOu Thank You…. I just had to reset my password and this worked perfect on the first try…

c_bash February 8, 2012, 10:35 am

the keyboard will not communicate with the computer in the terminal mode thingy. (excuse my lack of technical knowledge). force rebooted computer and keyboard works fine in normal mode. its wireless, does it have to be a corded keyboard?

Dennis February 28, 2012, 7:40 pm

Thanx alot… you’ve made my day πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

khiareshoor March 1, 2012, 7:54 am

I am having the same problem as a lot of folks… Command+S is not working at all for me either, Has anyone who has had this problem found a solution?

NikkiEmm March 11, 2012, 2:28 pm

I cant get past the welcome wizard; i fill out everything and continue on to the next but once im done and I reach click on the button that creates the account, which should be the last step. It then starts me up all over again on the welcome wizard! Its sooo annoying hearing that welcome theme over & over; PLEASE HELLLPPPPP!

ERIN April 30, 2012, 7:01 am

Same thing is happening to me. Did you get past it? How?

modi April 1, 2012, 11:53 pm

really great it help me really thnx aloooooooooot

jboy April 26, 2012, 10:24 am

I’ve tried countless times,but after reboot I don’t seem to get that Welcome screen. pretty much I don’t think it works for me please Help

pepan May 9, 2012, 4:25 pm

Thank a lot neMO, this help me solve my problem. yo’re great one. thanks

trickYguY May 10, 2012, 1:28 pm

This is great you recover Mac Password without using Disk.

brian May 28, 2012, 2:27 am

absolutely brilliant worked very well thanks.

zack June 2, 2012, 6:48 am

worked like well oiled machine, thanx.

Nasib June 11, 2012, 1:20 pm

I does not give optional to creat new account

hamid June 25, 2012, 10:59 pm

it worked. tnxxxx. it was great.

Micah July 5, 2012, 11:45 pm

Got the set up wizard part done, however system preferences and a number of other applications on the dock appear as question marks and do not open. Can anyone help me fix this ?

apachioara July 7, 2012, 2:43 am

thank you… you save my day! πŸ˜‰

cdang July 26, 2012, 4:02 am


fitobenitez July 31, 2012, 10:20 pm

Worked perfectly! Thanks!

shahid August 2, 2012, 11:03 am

For this till step 3 is ok. but when i fill the registrations again & again its showing the same window, i couldnt get login page or step 4 pls asist me

adn August 5, 2012, 8:23 am

Great work ! Thanks for sharing ! Back in control after following these directions : ) !

dznut August 24, 2012, 11:13 am

THANK YOU! The only site that it actually worked!!! This is on a macbook 2006 w/ Leopard.

Andrew August 28, 2012, 12:45 am

Everything went swimmingly until I realized the new account that it created is not an administrator account (it’s standard) and can’t make any changes. In fact, it appears my computer does not show the administrator account (if it exists). The account I have been using is a standard one also (I can get into and out of it fine, but for anything requiring an administrator account I’m out of luck). Please help!!!

waltersk August 30, 2012, 8:29 pm

I followed all of the instructions, but instead of the welcome wizard coming up, the log in screen comes back!!! Help πŸ™

Eggi September 16, 2012, 3:29 pm

It worked to create a new account but not reset the password for the old account!!! Now i’m logged off of my main account with all my files & still don’t have the password!!!!! Wanna cry….

oo September 18, 2012, 3:23 am

thanks a lot! easier than it looks πŸ™‚

kellykelly September 27, 2012, 6:41 am

amazinggg!!!! THANK YOUUU!!!!

Kiragall October 3, 2012, 12:37 pm

I did it and lost all the files I have on the computer including my Itunes library etc. How do I get it back. Please help me

chris October 4, 2012, 3:32 am

Worked great – thank you! But now I can’t delete the “dummy” account….any suggestions?

Jillybean October 7, 2012, 2:25 am

Sweet! Thank you Thank you Thank you!

Mettu October 30, 2012, 10:56 am

Can’t believe. It totally worked. Thanks a LOT

Omar November 16, 2012, 10:41 pm

I mounted the drive removed applesetupdone and now my Macbook Pro dosnt boot up. It stays with a spin wheel and a grey screen >:( November 25, 2012, 5:23 pm

My key board is not working probably – I cant type the’ /’ – does anybody know what to do? I have tried everything. I have a danish key board. When I type shift7 it types an ‘&’ – arggghhhh, going out of my mind…..

Ahmed November 28, 2012, 8:04 pm

Find the required character like “/” on this keyboard and press that button.

root December 14, 2012, 1:39 am

IT WORKED ON MY MacBook Pro, after 2 hour of surfing on the net. . . Thanks a lot

Tsof December 17, 2012, 8:35 pm

OMGGG Thank you a looooOooOoOoOooOoot !!!

CVH December 24, 2012, 5:38 am

“Forgot Mac Password? See how to Reset Without Disk”
I am trying to help a friend. He is running 10.7.2, on a MacBook Pro. He wanted to update Flash Player, while over at my place and had forgotten his password.

I was able to change it, using the cmd S and terminal mode. But was unable to change his keychain password. Hours of searching and I landed here.

Is this a work around to get him back into his keychain? I would be a REAL hero if this will work for that. This fellow doesn’t know what an operating system is…and I am still running 10.6.8 on my MacBook. I am hesitant to try this unless it will get me where I need to go. I am afraid of resetting his keychain and loosing all of his passwords.

imran411 February 9, 2013, 1:55 am



Deogalicia February 10, 2013, 8:37 pm

It works!! great help! thank you so much!!

Quentin February 11, 2013, 1:45 am

Hi I managed to do all the steps but when i try to log into my old account it says that the system was unable to unlock the login keychain? Please advise?

Samantha February 21, 2013, 11:40 pm

I got through everything up until the “change password” for the account I need and it asks me for my old password to set up a new one. I’m doing this because I forgot my old password πŸ™

Samantha February 21, 2013, 11:44 pm

Oh wait, never mind I was on the account I just made lol sorry! Yayyy! This worked like a charm thank you so much! I have irreplaceable pictures on here I wanted to get ahold of. Can’t thank you enough!

Shannon01 February 28, 2013, 12:45 am

Brilliant! Thankyou πŸ˜€

Aren March 2, 2013, 10:05 pm

Worked great! Fast and easy advice! Thank you so much!

46kimbrel March 18, 2013, 3:39 pm

It worked!!! My boyfriend was making me mad and to be immature I reset my password on my computer. Well it backfired! Even I couldn’t figure it out!

jdchan78 March 20, 2013, 7:55 am

I press the hdm + s it goes to the reboot screen I followed the instructions and it goes back to the home screen where it say to enter my password i dont have a recovery disk should I take it to the apple store

Eddie March 21, 2013, 11:06 pm

So.excited it has worked.thanks so much !!!!!

Lynn Waddell April 23, 2013, 8:35 pm

Worked perfectly…thank you!

confused April 29, 2013, 2:15 am

It only lets me do step one and two!

novis May 12, 2013, 4:54 am

I want to thank you for posting this. I couldn’t log in to our iMac… (a Leopard). After visiting other blogs, trying their methods, I was feeling like I was going to have to give up. I came across this blog, and I thought it says it is only for Snow Leopard… but what do I have to loose. I tried it, and it worked with my old Mac. (It was a Tiger to begin with and I updated it to a Leopard).

Thank you so much. I really appreciate your help. Have a nice day!

cnambo01 July 4, 2013, 11:47 am

Great resource. I spent hours on you tube and found nothing helpful. I found this and it work great, I was able to use my mac again thanks to you.

rik July 12, 2013, 12:44 am

everything worked but when I hit continue on create your account it just gos back to first page (language page) any ideas ?

Ravindra August 1, 2013, 8:55 am

thank u very much! i create new user account using your tip. my os mac os x 10.4.11.

estanislao August 4, 2013, 2:52 am

I tried 4 other different ways… yours did the job, thanks!

AB December 12, 2013, 7:37 pm

THANKS a lot, you are legend!

Nigel March 2, 2014, 3:47 am

Very cool, thank you so much!

Ani June 23, 2014, 6:45 pm

I’m stuck on step 4.system preferences won’t open.

eridrone August 6, 2014, 10:08 pm

It’s not working for me… help…
When I type: rm /var/db/.applesetupdone ,I get this
-sh: rm: command not found

TrickyWays August 11, 2014, 7:00 pm

Please start typing your command with rm not -sh

lev September 3, 2014, 7:13 am

The laptop is not rebooting. The Apple is there, and the little wheel (not the beach ball) just keeps spinning.

Lynn September 14, 2014, 9:57 pm

Thank you! Thank you!!!!

Vince October 28, 2014, 7:10 am

Trikyguy Will this delete all my files and pics?

adrian November 22, 2014, 6:32 pm

I did the three commands and it just took me back to the login page… help please

adrian November 22, 2014, 6:34 pm

I did the three comands but it just ended up taking me to the login page please help

Bear December 14, 2014, 12:38 pm

This guy is a genius!! It’s given me huge confidence with what’s known in the apple shop now as a vintage unfixable computer! Thanks a million! πŸ™‚

Raney Virdi February 19, 2015, 2:45 am

HI i tried the same method now i have new account i have resetted the password also but i am not able to reset the keychain login password now i cant go back to my old account pls help..

Malcolm March 11, 2015, 4:46 am

I desperately tried your approach. Typed in all the prompts and rebooted but never saw the β€œReboot” and you will see the β€œWelcome wizard” after beautiful welcome messages No welcome wizard. I’m stumped.

Bob April 6, 2015, 2:52 am

Just worked for me. I was able to reset the keychain password with my Apple ID that I did know. I am not a geek, so i do not have anything to add other than it helps me understand that anyone that has the physical computer can reset an admin password…

HappyOne April 12, 2015, 9:49 am

I am a Novice Mac user but not new to computers. I have used dozens of sites. This one is by far simple and easy to use. Thanks for the pics too! You are awesome indeed. I tested this and worked for my Snow Leopard

A Million Thanks

Ridz April 14, 2015, 5:31 pm

It works very well. thanks for sharing

Dr. Wolfgang Mohr August 5, 2015, 4:47 am

All other experts’ instructions did not work. Your information, neMo, helped. Thank you very much! If I had found your post earlier it would have saved me more than five hours of headache. Thanks again, cheers and prosit! 😎

Ailyn September 10, 2015, 7:45 pm

Thank you so much, it’s really work.

Talaleu October 26, 2015, 12:16 am

please i really need help to open my MacBook

Vandana November 14, 2015, 1:44 am

I have completed all the steps but after last step, I am seeing the massege “Setting Up your Mac…” from last 45 mins. Will it take such a long time in creating new account ?? Plz help

Ahmed November 18, 2015, 10:53 am

Try this:
Press and hold the following keys from keyboard Shift+Control+Option and then press Power button to turn off your Mac. Now release the Shift+Control+Option keys and turn your Mac on normally.

diamond February 9, 2016, 12:37 am

wil this delete everything off of my computer

Ahmed February 13, 2016, 2:48 pm

No its not going to delete anything from your Mac, your will just create a new user account to get access to the account that you can’t logged in.

shannon March 6, 2016, 5:14 am

Worked perfectly!! THANK U!

Blaise Lamatrice July 28, 2016, 7:47 pm

Worked like a charm!

Patril N September 25, 2016, 9:52 pm

I’m trying to reset my password for my Mac OS X 10.4.11 I’m on step one when I rest the computer and hit Command which is the four leaf clover and the letter S it’s not doing anything I need help 😩😩

Naresh Rampersad February 2, 2017, 9:52 pm

This procedure worked great.

Bob April 12, 2017, 12:39 am

Great instruction, can get into my old G5 iMac again!!!! Don’t think this is really hacking, because it is dead easy to do this. Thanks tricky ways!

sanjeevan verma June 11, 2017, 1:38 am

It’s reAlLy AweSomE.

Fredericka March 16, 2018, 8:32 pm

ship hang my

henrighattas July 2, 2010, 6:42 am

I tried different ideas to recover Mac password with no Luck, yours was the best Good Work!

Aqob July 4, 2010, 6:50 am


james December 30, 2014, 2:56 am

if you cant get your password this way try the other site before this one with bigdogoncampus or like that, he’s more in depth and no he states you cannot have wireless or anything but a wired apple keyboard to do it, mine finally worked with lion after some trials with single user programming, when i tricked the computer and got all new user and password names it wont retrieve the info and apps from the previous user/password names, there was lots of stuff i could use, any suggestions on recovery would help

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