How To Reset Your WordPress Password

Learn how to retrieve a lost, misplaced or forgotten password or username in order to regain access to your website or blog …

Learn WPCan’t log back into your WordPress site?

Finding yourself unable to access your administration area because you can’t remember your password or username can be really frustrating.

Fortunately, with WordPress, there is always a way to get back into your site.

In this troubleshooting step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to recover a misplaced password or username and get access to your website or blog. We’ll go as far as we can without getting into complicated technical areas, and then, if the information still doesn’t help you get back in, we’ll explain to you what other options are available for retrieving your password details.

Let’s start with the basics.

Typing In An Incorrect WordPress Login Details

If your username or password are wrong when you try to login in WordPress, a message like the one below will display …

What To Do If You Forget WordPress Passwords

Here’s a clue: If you get the login username right but the password is wrong, WordPress will let you know this …

Recovering Your Password In WordPress

Tip

For security purposes, using the username “admin”.

This is the default installation username for WordPress and one of the leading causes of brute force attacks on WordPress sites.

What To Do If You Have Lost Or Misplaced Your WordPress Password

If you need to change your username, see this tutorial:

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If you have lost, forgotten or misplaced your password, but you know your username or email address, then click on the “Lost your password?” link in the error message …

WordPress Password Retrieval

You can also access the forgotten password feature by clicking on the link found below the login box …

WordPress Password Recovery

Alternatively, type the following URL into your browser (where “domain” is your domain and “tld” is the domain extension, eg. “com”, “net”, “org”, etc.) …

WordPress Password Retrieval

Type in your username or email address and click on the Get New Password button …

WordPress Password Retrieval

Info

At this stage, there is no password “recovery” option, only password “reset”.

You will receive a system notification via email with a password reset link. Click on the link to reset your password.

Retrieving Login Passwords In WordPress

Enter a new password into the “Password reset” field. Make sure to choose a strong password containing upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols, like “*, #, %, @, $” etc …

How To Reset Your Password

Tip

Use a password generator tool to help you create strong passwords.

You can use a free password generator tool like PasswordsGenerator.net (shown below) …

Free Online Password Generator

Or use a password management software like RoboForm, which is not only great for generating secure passwords, but also for storing and managing all your passwords …

RoboForm - Password Generator

Use A Password Generator Tool To Help You Create A Strong Password

To learn more about password management software, see the tutorial below:

After resetting your password, log in using your new password …

WordPress Password Retrieval

Changing Your Password Inside WordPress

To change your password inside WP, log into your site and select Edit My Profile from the “Howdy, User” dropdown menu near the top-right hand corner of your screen …

Recovering Login Passwords In WordPress

You can also access your “Profile” page by selecting Users > Your Profile from your main admin menu.

Towards the bottom part of the page, you will see the “change password” section. Enter a new password and confirm this password here.

Note: Use the built-in WordPress password strength meter to help you come up with a strong password.

WordPress Password Recovery

Click the Update Profile button when you have entered your new details to update your password settings.

How To Reset Login Passwords In WordPress

If You Can’t Remember Your Username And Password

So far, the above steps work if you’ve lost your password but you still remember your username or email address.

What can you do if you can’t remember both your username and password?

You can still access your WordPress site, but a little technical intervention is required.

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As this tutorial is mostly intended for non-technical WordPress users, we recommend that if the information above hasn’t helped you get back into your WordPress admin area, then either contact someone who can provide you with technical assistance (i.e. your webmaster, website support person or your webhost) and ask them to help you reset your WordPress Password from phpMyAdmin, or you can try the method below, which will simply reveal your username and email address, so you can at least get your password reset and log back in.

All you need is access to your server’s control panel. Don’t worry, you won’t be changing anything … you’re only taking a look!

Important

If taking a look inside your server or database unnerves you, then please ask a professional for assistance.

For the example below, the server uses cPanel …

Changing Your WordPress Password

cPanel

Important Info

Note: For tutorials on how to use cPanel, go here: How To Use cPanel.

Log into your server control panel …

Retrieving A Password In WordPress

cPanel admin area

Navigate to the “Databases” section and open phpMyAdmin

Retrieving WordPress Passwords

phpMyAdmin

Click on your WordPress database.

Note: If you have a number of databases set up on your domain, make sure that you select the correct one …

WordPress Password Retrieval

phpMyAdmin databases

Don’t panic when you see the complicated-looking screen.

Click on wp_users

WordPress Password Retrieval

phpMyAdmin databases

You will see a list of all your site’s users with their usernames and email addresses. Typically, the first line is assigned to the site administrator, but if you have more users and need to locate their username or email, then scroll down the list until you find what you are looking for …

WordPress Password Recovery

Important

Note: The user password is also included in this section of the WP database (in the “user_pass” column”), but as you can see from the screenshot above, it is encrypted and displays only random-looking characters in the field.

For security purposes, WordPress stores all passwords as a cryptographic hash function (MD5 Hash) instead of plain text. This prevents even the site administrator from knowing a user’s password.

To change this password you would need an encryption tool that lets you generate an MD5 hash, which you would then copy and paste into the password field. You can search for “free MD5 generators online” if you want to change the password yourself, but as suggested earlier, ask for professional assistance if you don’t know what you are doing, as you could end up causing errors.

Now that you know the username and email address, log out of your server, go back to your login screen and request a new password …

WordPress Password Recovery

Hopefully, you have found this tutorial useful and can now resume working.

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Author: Martin Aranovitch

Martin Aranovitch is the owner of WPCompendium.org and the author of The WordPress User Manual. WPCompendium.org provides hundreds of FREE tutorials that show you how to use WordPress to grow your business online with no coding skills required! Get our FREE "101+ WordPress Tips, Tricks & Hacks For Non-Techies" e-course with loads of useful WordPress tips!

Originally published as How To Reset Your WordPress Password.