How to Change Admin or Guest Account Password on OS X El Capitan

Should you change your password on a regular basis? I couldn’t find an affirmative answer.

LifeHacker says that changing passwords often may be a waste of time and they have Microsoft study and university research to back up the statement. But, I also read this article from Stanford University that “You should change your password periodically, ideally at least every six months.”

So, yes and no, there is no right or wrong answer. For me, I am used to changing passwords every three months or so, mainly for security concerns. One of the password changes including my Mac admin and guest passwords.

Today, I’m here to show you how to change Admin or Guest password on Mac OS X Capitan. It’s quite easy.

Step 1: on your Mac desktop. Click on the Apple logo, go to System Preferences.

Step 2: here, click on “Users & Groups”.

Step 3: here select the user (Current User or Other Users), under Password tab, click “Change Password” button. Input your old password and the new password you’ve already prepared. If you want, it’s a good practice to write a note as password hint (in case you forget).


For more information about Mac passwords, for example, how to reset it using Apple ID or File Vault, check out this Apple article.

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