Password problem with logging in on El Cap

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by dangerfish, Jan 5, 2016.

  1. dangerfish macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2007
    I have a MBA and decided yesterday, I had reason to change my usual account login password. I went in to Settings > Users and clicked Change Password. It asked for my old password and then asked me to enter my new password twice. When I clicked Change Password to confirm, I got an error message saying that my old password was incorrect, which it wasn't otherwise I wouldn't have been able to log in. I think I tried once or twice more and then gave up.
    When trying to login this morning, it would not accept my old password. So I tried the new password that I had tried to set and it did not work either. So I shut down the computer and rebooted with CMD R thinking that there was an option there to reset the password. Once the computer came back up, I was given a prompt to enter a password. It would not accept my old password. So I entered the new password I was trying to use and it did then log in to the recovery screen. I didn't find an option to set a new password, so I restarted the computer. The account log on screen then came up and I was presented with my Avatar picture. I clicked it and then the computer just logged in without asking for a password.
    Anyone know whats going on here? Should I try the change password option again? I believe if the computer goes to sleep, its not going to let me login in again unless I try the CMD R process again.
  2. chscag macrumors 68020


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    You have to use the Terminal from Recovery in order to reset a password that you either forgot or seemingly doesn't work. Here are the instructions.
  3. Evren Carven macrumors regular

    Evren Carven

    Dec 16, 2014
    It's very strange. It seems you have cleared your password. You may try to restart your Mac to check if it will ask for a password. Do you use iCloud password for logging in to your Mac?

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