Keychain Password For Mac

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Manage passwords using keychains on Mac. MacOS uses keychains to help you keep track of and protect the passwords, account numbers, and other confidential information you use every day on your Mac computers and iOS and iPadOS devices. You can use the Keychain Access app on your Mac to view and manage your keychains. If the login password is reset by the administrator, the keychain password is not changed. The user is asked to reset the keychain password during the next login. If the login password was reset because the user forgot the old password, the keys, passwords, and other information in the keychain won’t be accessible, and the user will need to. A keychain password is the master password for your Mac's 'Keychain Access' app, which stores your login information for websites and accounts across the internet. If the above did not work, Office may have trouble accessing the keychain and you'll need to restore keychain permissions for Office for Mac. In these cases, you may see: The keychain access prompt every time you launch any Office application, even though you previously selected Always Allow.

For Lion, Mountain Lion, or Mavericks

Boot to the Recovery HD:

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Restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the COMMAND and R keys until the menu screen appears. Alternatively, restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the OPTION key until the boot manager screen appears. Select the Recovery HD and click on the upward pointing arrow button.

When the menubar appears select Terminal from the Utilities menu.

Enter resetpassword at the prompt and press RETURN. Follow

instructions in the dialog window that will appear.

Or see:

OS X Mountain Lion- Reset a login password,

OS X Mavericks- Solve password problems,


OS X Lion- Apple ID can be used to reset your user account password.

Tutorial: Resolving Keychain Issues

If you can't access your keychain, or forget your password If you can't get into your keychain file because you've forgotten your password or the keychain file appears to be corrupt, there are a couple of options.

First, if you've forgotten your password, you can use the 'Keychain First Aid' utility to make the keychain password the same as the login password. This can be accomplished via the following process:

1. Open Keychain Access (located in Applications/Utilities)

2. Go to the 'Keychain Access' menu and select 'Preferences'

3. Click the 'First Aid' tab

4. Make sure the 'Synchronize login keychain password' box is checked

5. Close the Preferences window

6. Go to the 'Keychain Access' menu and select 'Keychain First Aid'

7. Enter your username and password

8. Click the 'Repair' button

The second option is to completely delete your keychain then recreate it. This routine is useful if your keychain appears to be corrupt or otherwise inaccessible. This can be accomplished as follows:

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How To Find Keychain Passwords

1. Launch Keychain Access (located in Applications/Utilities)

2. Click 'Show Keychains' in the lower-left corner of the window.

3. Select the problematic keychain from the left-hand pane.

4. Navigate to the 'File' menu and select 'Delete Keychain '(name of keychain)'

5. Check all options for deletion and press 'OK'

6. Create a new keychain by going to the 'File' menu, then 'New' and selecting

'New Keychain'

7. You can now make this keychain your default if you desire by selecting it, then

going to the 'File' menu and selecting 'Make '(name of keychain)' Default'

Login as root and perform repair In some cases, problems with keychains can only be resolved when logged in as the root user.

First, you want to enable the root user:

1. OS X Mountain Lion: Enable and disable the root user

2. OS X Lion: Enable and disable the root user

3. Mac OS X 10.6: Enabling the root user

4. Enabling and using the 'root' user in Mac OS X


After enabling the root user, and logging in under this account, again open Keychain Access. First attempt repairs using Keychain First Aid, and failing that, delete then recreate the keychain as described above while logged in as root.

Persistently asked for stored passwords If you are persistently asked for passwords in various applications that you have specified should be remembered in a keychain, your 'login' keychain may not be active for one reason or another.

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Navigate to ~/Library/Keychains/ (this is the Library folder inside your user's home folder). Find the file named 'login.keychain' and double-click it.

Failing that, select the 'login' keychain within the Keychain Access application and make sure it is the default keychain by going to the 'File' menu and selecting 'Make 'Login' Default'

Turn off Keychain synchronization in applications having problems If specific applications are experiencing issues when accessing password-protected material, the Keychain may be to blame.

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