This is because, by default, the Keychain password is the same as your Mac user password.
Did you recently lose, reset, or forget your Mac’s user password? If so, you will no longer be able to access the existing login and passwords stored on your Mac.
Since you have lost or reset the user password, they are no longer in sync, and you will need to reset your default to get them in sync again.
However, doing this will remove all the passwords that are currently stor in Keychain.
Therefore, reset the keychain is a last resort and should not taken lightly, since the inconvenience of losing all stor passwords is considerable (of course if you can not access the anyway that may not matter as much).
If you are interest in resett theon a Mac so that you can have the login password and keychain password match again, read on to learn how you can reset the default on a macOS machine.
How to Reset Default Keychain on Mac
Resetting your Keychain is actually a pretty simple and straightforward procedure on macOS.
Just follow the steps below to get your password in sync with your user password.
Remember, doing this will delete all stored passwords from the keychain.
- Click on the “magnifying glass” icon located at the top-right corner of your desktop to access Spotlight search.
Alternatively, you can open Spotlight by pressing Command + Space bar (or launch
- Next, type “Keychain” in the search field and open “Keychain Access” from the search results.
- Once the window opens up, click on Keychain Access in the menu bar and choose “Preferences” from the dropdown menu.
- This will open a new pop-up window on your screen. Click on “Reset My Default Keychain” to proceed further.
- Now, you will be asked to enter your current macOS user password. Type in the details and click “OK” to confirm the changes.
That is pretty much all there is to it. You have successfully managed to get your Keychain password in sync with your user password again, at the cost of losing all stor passwords.
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From now on, you have remember just one password which can use for both logg into your Mac, as well as access all the passwords to your accounts that are securely stored within it.
If you lost access to one of your accounts because you do not remember the password, you can use Access to find the lost or forgotten website password within a matter of seconds.
You will just need to unlock the Keychain with your Mac’s user password to view the exact password you used while logging in the last time.
Keychain is not limit to the Mac however,
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You can manually add new passwords to Keychain.
even edit existing save passwords to make sure the data is up to date.
We hope you were able to reset your default to sync up the login password with the Keychain password.
What are your overall thoughts on as a built-in password management tool on macOS and iOS devices? Do share your valuable opinions and experience in the comments section down below.