I changed my admin password but forgot my keychain password! Now I’m locked out! What can I do?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Stoopy007, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. Stoopy007 macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2018
    I used migration assistant to transfer my old and very dead macs hard drive to a MacBook Pro 15”. All seemed to be going well until I forgot my admin password so I changed it in safe mode. Now it wants my keychain password for multiple sign ins and I don’t remember it. Without it it seems I can’t get any further after logging into my Mac. I can’t get past the requests for the keychain password which I don’t know. Is there a way to change the keychain password without accessing my applications folder? If not what are my options?
  2. csurfr macrumors 68020

    Dec 7, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    I might be (and probably am) wrong, but I think if you have an iPhone you can change the keychain password with your passcode.... maybe.. Scroll to the bottom.

  3. wxkkeup macrumors member


    Apr 2, 2018
  4. chscag macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Your keychain password was the same as your admin password unless you previously changed it. Did you try using your new admin password that you set? If that doesn't work, you may have to delete the keychain and start over.
  5. Stoopy007 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2018
    I tried using the new password I set to log in but after it starts logging in I get messages requesting I enter the login keychain and that’s where I get stuck because I don’t know it. I can’t get past this point so I can
    Yeah the new password worked but because I don’t know the old keychain I can’t get anywhere after logging in. I deleted and I’m going to reformat and try migrating the old harddrive again. Hopefully there’s a way to change the keychain of my old harddrive before migrating it again...
  6. TinHead88 macrumors regular


    Oct 30, 2008
    If you don't know the master password for the old keychain you will not be able to recover it and will have to create a new one. This would only affect passwords so it shouldn't matter all that much.
  7. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    In the future, I would suggest WRITING DOWN the passwords you use on paper, and then store it somewhere safe...
  8. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Unless there's important information in the old keychain that you don't have anywhere else, and you need in order to continue working, then the simplest solution may be to create a new login keychain:

    You can keep the old keychain file around if you want, in case you remember its password.

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