How to Find Lost Password on Mac – Tutorial

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Written by Hassan Abbas

With so many passwords to remember for many websites and also even applications, it’s really easy to forget them unless you have made a note somewhere safe. Unfortunately this is not always the case, however, Mac OS X comes with a handy utility that stores all of your passwords for just about everything. Even if you have reset all your user names and passwords from applications. Such as Safari, Keychain Access retains them indefinitely so you can always retrieve them later. In this article, we are going to talk about How to Find Lost Password on Mac – Tutorial. Let’s begin!

Keychain Access is an app in macOS that securely keeps a record of all your passwords and also all other login information. Thereby eliminating the need to constantly remember and also manage the passwords to your online accounts as well. It’s just as same to a third-party password manager such as 1Password, LastPass, or Dashlane, except that Keychain is seamlessly integrate in Apple devices. That includes Mac, iPhone, and iPad as well.

Trying to regain access to your accounts but you have forgotten or lost the credentials? Don’t worry, as this article may help, and we’ll guide you through all the necessary steps to find lost and forgotten website passwords on a Mac.

How to Find Lost Password on Mac

Recovering a lost password is a lot easier than you think actually on macOS. Simply follow these steps below to find that one password you forgot.

  • The first thing you need to do is to open Keychain Access, that can be found in the ApplicationsUtilities folder. Alternatively, just type its name into Spotlight (use the COMMAND + SPACEBAR shortcut) and then open it from there.

Find Lost Password on Mac

  • When it opens, then make sure that All Items is selected in the left-hand Category section. You will notice that the main window is populated along with a long list of all passwords, certificates and keys stored on your Mac as well.
  • Now, narrow down your results using the search field at the top-right corner of this window actually. Such as, you can start by just typing in the website’s name as well.
  • When you have found your wished result, control-click or right-click on it and then choose “Get Info”. You can also select to copy this account’s password to the clipboard if you’re just looking to copy or paste the password.

Find Lost Password on Mac

  • Tapping “Get Info” will open a pop-up window on your screen with all the important details regarding the login information you used. You will notice that the password is hide also. In order to view this, then check the box next to “Show password”.
  • Now, you will be prompted to enter your keychain password. By default, this is the same as your Mac’s user password that is used to log in to the system. Tap “OK” when you’ve typed in the password.
  • The password for your account will now be visible in the window as well. You can also hide it again by unchecking the box.

Find Lost Password on Mac


That is how you actually recover lost and forgotten passwords on your Mac with Keychain Access. Really easy, right?

It’s important to note that you will only be able to find this lost password in Keychain access if you chose to “save password” whenever you typed in your login credentials on the particular website. If you are not aware, Safari prompts that you to save password whenever you log in to a site for the first time and  also if you chose “Not Now” or “Never for this website”. Then your password details will not stored in Keychain.


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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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