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There are two main ways to change your password on a MacBook:

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There are two main ways to change your password on a MacBook:

1. Using System Preferences (if you remember your current password):

This is the recommended method if you can access your MacBook and remember your current password.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Click on the Apple icon located in the top left corner of your screen.

  2. Select System Preferences.

  3. In the System Preferences window, click on Users & Groups.

  4. Click the lock icon (located in the bottom left corner) to unlock the settings. You'll be prompted to enter your current password.

  5. Once unlocked, click on your username (usually the name on the left side of the window).

  6. Click the Change Password button.

  7. Enter your current password in the first field.

  8. Enter your desired new password in the second field. Make sure your new password is strong and secure. It's recommended to use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

  9. Re-enter the new password in the third field for verification.

  10. Click Change Password.

Your password has now been changed!

2. Using Recovery Mode (if you forgot your current password):

If you forgot your current password, you can reset it using Recovery Mode. This process will erase all your data on the MacBook, so it's crucial to have a recent backup if you want to recover your files.

Here's how to do it (with caution, due to data loss):

  1. Back up your data if possible: If you have a recent backup of your MacBook using Time Machine or another method, create a backup before proceeding.

  2. Restart your MacBook.

  3. Immediately after hearing the startup chime, press and hold the Command (⌘) and R keys together.

  4. Keep holding the keys until you see the Apple logo or a spinning globe.

  5. You've now entered Recovery Mode.

Depending on your macOS version, you might see different options. Here's a general guideline:

  • For macOS Monterey or later:
    • Select "Utility Menu" from the top menu bar.
    • Choose "Terminal" from the menu.
  • For older macOS versions:
    • You might see the "macOS Utilities" window directly.
  1. In the Terminal window (or after selecting Utilities > Reset Password Utility on older versions), type resetpassword and press Enter.

  2. Follow the on-screen instructions. You'll be prompted to select the disk containing your macOS installation and create a new password for your user account.

  3. Once you've created a new password, restart your MacBook. You can now log in using your new password.

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