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

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    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 68000

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    Fort Worth, Texas
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    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

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    Dec 16, 2014
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    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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