4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 2, 2012 10:51 AM by bboscq
bboscq Level 1 (0 points)

hello, can someone help me to reset my session password. I can't remember it and every password I normally use doesn't work. So I can't install any software without this password. I need to reset it but I don't understand how to do it


thanks for your help

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • LousyFool Level 4 (2,645 points)

    "Session password"?

  • bboscq Level 1 (0 points)

    yes it's the user session password

  • Linc Davis Level 10 (184,990 points)

    If the user account is associated with an Apple ID, and you know that account password, the Apple ID can be used to reset your user account password.

    Otherwise, boot into Recovery by holding down the key combination command-R at startup. Release the keys when you see a gray screen with a spinning dial.

    When the OS X Utilities screen appears, select Utilities Terminal from the menu bar.

    In the Terminal window, type this:


    That's one word with no spaces. Then press return. A Reset Password window opens.

    Select your boot volume if not already selected.

    Select your username from the menu labeled Select the user account if not already selected.

    Follow the prompts to reset the password. It's safest to choose a password that includes only the characters a-z, A-Z, and 0-9.

    Select  Restart from the menu bar.

    You should now be able to log in with the new password, but you won't be able to unlock the Keychain. If you've forgotten the Keychain password (which is ordinarily the same as your login password), there's no way to recover it. You’ll need to reset your keychain in the preferences of the Keychain Access application.

  • bboscq Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks, it worked well with the Recovery method you describe. I was able to set a new password for my admin accound.


    Reset with AppleID was not ticked in the user account so I couldn't do it this way.


    I lost the automatic login into the session that I had before, I suppose because of keychain password;