Apple’s macOS is a reliable and stable operating system, but it’s not completely error-free. Sometimes, unexpected glitches do occur. For example, your Mac may fail to recognize your Apple ID password. The most annoying part is that you can use your Apple ID and password to log in on your iOS devices, but not your MacBook or iMac. Let’s explore what you can do to fix this problem.
What to Do if Your Mac Is Not Accepting Your Apple ID Password
Check Your Keyboard and Reset Your Password
Make sure your keyboard is actually typing the characters you want it to type. Ensure that all the keys are working properly. Then, while still on the login screen, select the option that allows you to reset your password. Enter your new password and check if the issue is gone. If it persists, go to the next step.
Update Your Apple ID Email Address
This password issue often occurs if you initially signed up to iCloud with a different email address than the one you’re currently using. After you upgrade your OS, your Mac may prompt you to set up iCloud again. But when you enter your Apple ID password, your Mac says it doesn’t recognize it. That’s a really strange issue but you can fix it. By the way, if you’re not using a iCloud different email address, go to the next solution.
To solve this problem, change your Apple ID email settings.
- Go to appleid.apple.com and sign in.
- Then, go to the Account section, and click on Edit.
- Go to Change Apple ID, and update your email address.
- If you’re using a third-party email address, go to your inbox and copy the verification code.
- Enter the code and check if the Apple ID password issue persists.
Reset Admin Password and Create a New Keychain
Resetting your administrator password and creating a new Keychain may take a few minutes. But many users confirmed this method helped them solve the problem.
- Shut down your Mac.
- Then, boot up your machine, and press the Command and R keys to enter macOS Recovery.
- Release the two keys when the Apple logo appears on the screen.
- Select Utilities, and launch Terminal.
- In the new Terminal window, enter the resetpassword command and hit Enter.
- The system should now list all the usernames available on the machine.
- Select your admin account, hit Next, and enter your new password.
- Type in the new password again to verify it.
- Hit the Restart option, and use your new password to log in to your account.
- When the Keychain option appears on the screen, click on Create New Keychain and follow the on-screen instructions.
- Restart your computer, and check if your Mac accepts your new password.
Use Your Password Followed by the Verification Code
Enter your Apple ID password after updating your macOS version. Although your Mac won’t recognize the password, Apple should send you the verification code anyway. Keep in mind that Apple sends the six-digit code to the devices you previously labeled as “trusted devices”.
After you get the code, type in your password, followed by the verification code. For example, if your password is “ILoveMyMac”, and your verification code is 123456, enter ILoveMyMac123456. If there’s no verification code, contact Apple support.
If your Mac locks you out and won’t recognize your password, reset your iCloud password and check if this quick solution solves the problem. Additionally, if you no longer use your initial iCloud email account, update your email address. If the issue persists, enter Recovery mode, reset your password and create a new Keychain. Did these troubleshooting suggestions help you fix the password issue? Let us know in the comments below.