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How to Change My User Password on a Mac

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Introduction

In This Guide
You'll Learn:
  • How to change your user account's password on your Mac if you wish to have a stronger password or if it's been compromised.

1 Change User Password

It's important to change your login password from time to time to protect your privacy.

  1. Click the Apple menu (1), then click System Preferences (2).
    Screenshot of the Apple menu with System Preferences selected.
  2. Click Users & Groups.
    Screenshot of the System Preferences screen with Users & Groups selected.
  3. Click Change Password.
    Screenshot of the Users & Groups screen with the Change Password button selected.
  4. Enter your current password into the Old Password field when asked.
  5. Enter your New Password (1), then type it again to Verify (2). You may also enter a Password Hint (3) to help you remember what your new password is. Click Change Password (4) to complete the process.
    Screenshot of the change password screen. The fields are as follows: new password, verify, and password hint. There is a change password button in the lower right hand side.
    For help choosing a secure password, click the Key button next to the New Password field.
    Screenshot of the key icon.

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In This Guide
You'll Learn:
  • How to change your user account's password on your Mac if you wish to have a stronger password or if it's been compromised.

It's important to change your login password from time to time to protect your privacy.

  1. Click the Apple menu (1), then click System Preferences (2).
    Screenshot of the Apple menu with System Preferences selected.
  2. Click Users & Groups.
    Screenshot of the System Preferences screen with Users & Groups selected.
  3. Click Change Password.
    Screenshot of the Users & Groups screen with the Change Password button selected.
  4. Enter your current password into the Old Password field when asked.
  5. Enter your New Password (1), then type it again to Verify (2). You may also enter a Password Hint (3) to help you remember what your new password is. Click Change Password (4) to complete the process.
    Screenshot of the change password screen. The fields are as follows: new password, verify, and password hint. There is a change password button in the lower right hand side.
    For help choosing a secure password, click the Key button next to the New Password field.
    Screenshot of the key icon.