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How to Unlock MacBook Pro Without Password Or Apple ID

Updated on Sunday, February 4, 2024

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How to Unlock MacBook Pro/Air Without Password Or Apple ID

Summary: Read this post by iBoysoft to learn how to unlock a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air without a password or Apple ID. From here, you'll get detailed ways to unlock your MacBook with password resetting, using another account, using the FileVault recovery key, using Apple Watch, factory resetting, etc.

how to unlock MacBook Pro without password or Apple ID

The answer is Yes to the question of whether you can unlock a MacBook without a password or Apple ID. Apple offers multiple ways to help you access your machine if you forgot your Mac password or your Mac couldn't accept the correct password.

So, how to unlock a MacBook Pro without a password or Apple ID? Follow this post to get step-by-step methods. And all the ways are also applicable for unlocking MacBook Air (or other) without a password.

The overview of all the ways in this post to unlock a MacBook Pro without a password

WaysPrerequisites
Use Apple ID to reset your passwordYou know the Apple ID.
Use the FileVault recovery keyYou remember the FileVault recovery key.
Use another accountYou are the guest user and know the admin account.
Run command in Recovery ModeYour Mac runs macOS 10.15 or earlier.
You haven't turned on FileVault on your Mac.
The startup disk is not APFS-encrypted.
Factory reset the MacBook ProNo prerequisites.
Use a third-party toolMaybe some third-party tool asks for Apple ID.
Use Apple WatchYou've associated your Mac with Apple Watch and allowed it to unlock your Mac.
Ask for the Apple team's supportSend your detailed information to the Apple team.

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Table of Contents:

Get files off the locked MacBook Pro without a password & Apple ID

macOS has high security to help users protect their personal data and avoid hacker attacks and illegal access. So, if you want to log into a Mac model, at least one of the three passwords is required:

  • The login password.
  • The Apple ID and its password.
  • The FileVault recovery key. (It's only generated after you enable FileVault on your Mac)

We have to emphasize that, if you don't have all three codes, you can't access the MacBook except by erasing it and reinstalling macOS.

But erasing a Mac will clear up all data on it, if you don't want to lose these files, you are recommended to use iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac. It supports getting files off an inaccessible or locked Mac by running one command in the Terminal.

You can refer to iBoysoft Mac Recovery Mode or follow the steps below:

  1. Connect an external hard drive to your Mac.
  2. Boot your Mac in Recovery Mode. Ensure the internet connection of your Mac is well and stable.
  3. Select Utilities on the menu bar > Terminal.
  4. Copy and paste the following command to launch iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac.sh <(curl http://boot.iboysoft.com/boot.sh)
  5. Select your Mac hard drive (Macintosh HD - Data or macOS - Data) and click "Search for Lost Data".
    scan macOS Data volume to find data
  6. Wait for the scanning process to complete and preview the results.
    preview data
  7. Select the files you want and click "Recover" to save them to the external drive.

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How to unlock MacBook Pro without a password or Apple ID?

This part supplies you with 8 ways to unlock a MacBook Pro without a password or Apple ID. And each method requires different prerequisites. Choose the one that is applicable to your situation.

Workarounds to unlock MacBook Pro/Air without a password or Apple ID:

  1. Unlock your MacBook Pro by using Apple ID to reset your password
  2. Unlock your MacBook Pro by using the FileVault recovery key
  3. Unlock your MacBook Pro with another account
  4. Unlock your MacBook Pro by running a command in Recovery Mode
  5. Unlock your MacBook Pro by factory resetting it
  6. Unlock your MacBook Pro with a third-party tool
  7. Unlock your MacBook Pro with Apple Watch
  8. Unlock your MacBook Pro with the Apple team's support

Unlock your MacBook Pro by using Apple ID to reset your password

If you forget your password, continue to type a random password into the login box three times to arouse the password-reset options. Commonly, you'll see one of the two prompts as long as you've associated the MacBook Pro with your Apple ID.

If the hint "…reset it using your Apple ID" appears (as below), click the arrow on it and enter your Apple ID to reset the password. Then you can access your desktop with the new password.

reset password with Apple ID

If the message "Restart and show password reset options" shows up (as below), click the arrow to restart your Mac and launch the Reset Password Assistant.

restart and show password reset options on Mac

If you see the notification "Your account is locked," continue reading this guide to unlock your Mac without data loss: Locked out of MacBook Air/Pro? Fix 'Your account is locked'

Then, follow the steps below to use the Apple ID to unlock your MacBook:

  1. Choose your Mac startup disk (usually called macOS or Macintosh - HD) and click "Next".
    selecg a volume to reset password
  2. Enter your Apple ID and password. Forgot Apple ID password?
    enter Apple ID and password on reset password assistant window
  3. Enter the verification code sent to your iPhone or other Apple devices if required. 
    Note: When the verification code is sent to your iPhone or another device, remember it and click OK. Then, your Mac screen will appear in the box for entering the code. If your iPhone or other device can't receive the code, press Return on your keyboard to let the Mac re-verify your Apple ID and password.
  4. Wait for it to recover the FileVault recovery key and then select a user to reset the password for.
    selct a user to reset password for
  5. Enter your new password.
    reset password
  6. Click "Restart" and type the new password to log into the MacBook Pro.
    reset password completed 

Unlock your MacBook Pro by using the FileVault recovery key

However, if you've turned on FileVault on your Mac and set to use the recovery key but not your iCloud account to unlock your Mac when forgetting the password, you'll receive one of these hints:

The hint says “... reset it using your Recovery key”; click the arrow and enter your recovery key to reset a password. Then, use the new password to unlock your Mac.

For the hint describing "Restart and show password reset options", click the button on the hint to enter the Reset Password Assistant window.

  1. Enter your FileVault recovery key. 
    reset password with recovery key 
  2. Type your new password and confirm it.
  3. Click "Reset Password".
  4. Click "Restart" to reboot your Mac and unlock your MacBook with the new password.

But the FileVault recovery key consists of different letters and numbers. And it is generated and sent to your Mac when you enabled FileVault. So, usually, it is hard for most of us to remember the FileVault recovery key.

If you do not know your FileVault recovery key, follow the next method.

Unlock your MacBook Pro with another account

If you are a guest user of the MacBook who forgets both your password and your Apple ID (or recovery key), you can use another account (that is the admin account) to unlock your MacBook Pro.

Here's how to unlock MacBook Pro without a password and Apple ID by using another account:

  1. Log into the Mac with another account (the admin account).
  2. Click the Apple menu > System Preferences > Users & Groups.
    select Users and Groups in System Preferences
  3. Click the bottom lock icon and enter the administrator account and password to make changes.
  4. Select your account and click "Reset Password".
    reset password with another account
  5. Enter a new password and other information.
  6. Click "Change Password".
    change the password
  7. Click the Apple menu > Restart and then use your new password to get into your MacBook.

Unlock your MacBook Pro by running a command in Recovery Mode

If the above ways failed, you could unlock your Mac by using Terminal to reset your password in macOS Recovery Mode.

 Note: If your Mac runs macOS 11 & later and the startup disk is APFS-encrypted or your Mac is FileVault-enabled, you'll be asked to enter your admin password before using the utilities like Terminal in macOS Recovery Mode. In that case, jump to the next solution.

  1. Enter macOS Recovery mode.

    On an Intel-based Mac, restart it and meanwhile press down the Command -  R keys until seeing the Apple logo appears.

    On an Apple Silicon Mac, turn off your Mac first. Then, press the power button (Touch ID) until the startup disk and the Options gear icon show up, select the gear icon, and click "Continue".
  2. Click on "Utilities" on the top menu bar and then select "Terminal".
    open Terminal in macOS Recovery mode 
  3. Enter the following command in the Terminal window and press Return to open the Reset Password assistant window. resetpasswordreset password with Terminal in macOS Recovery
  4. Select a volume and go on. If asked to enter your Apple ID and password, you also need to type the verification code sent to another device. If required you type in the recovery key, remember to enter it with the correct lower or upper case.
  5. Set your new password and restart your Mac and unlock it with the new password.

Unlock your MacBook Pro by factory resetting it

You may ask "How to unlock MacBook Pro without an admin password?" as you neither have the admin password nor the Apple ID and FileVault recovery key.

In that case, you have no choice except erase the Mac and then reinstall macOS to unlock and use the Mac computer. In other words, factory reset the Mac.

Here's how to factory reset your MacBook Pro without a password:

  1. Enter macOS Recovery mode (follow the steps mentioned above).
  2. Click "Recovery Assistant" on the top menu bar and then select  "Erase Mac". 
    erase Mac in Recovery Assistant 
  3. Confirm to erase the Mac and wait for the erasure process to finish. If your Mac automatically restarts, press the power button to turn off it.
  4. Boot your Mac in macOS Recovery again and reinstall macOS.

Then, you need to set up your MacBook before using it.

Unlock your MacBook Pro with Apple Watch

Also, you can bypass the MacBook password if you've associated your Mac with your Apple Watch. This is an additional way for some of you who have enabled the "Use Apple Watch to unlock your application and your Mac" functionality on your MacBook.

unlock Mac with Apple watch

Unlock your MacBook Pro with a third-party tool

There are also third-party tools that can give you a hand to unlock your MacBook Pro without entering a password or Apple ID. You can choose a reliable one to help you bypass the administrator password on the Mac to directly get into it. But it is a risky way, we still suggest you try the above ways as a priority.

Unlock your MacBook Pro with the Apple team's support

If all the above ways are not suitable for you, you can resort to contacting the Apple support team to get some suggestions or something special to get you out of trouble.

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FAQs about how to unlock MacBook Pro without a password or Apple ID

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You can reset your login password to unlock your MacBook Pro. Continue to enter the wrong password three times to trigger the resetting password hint. Then, click to enter your Apple ID or FileVault recovery key to reset a new password to get into your MacBook Pro.

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To bypass entering a MacBook password to unlock your Mac, you can randomly type a passcode into the box up to three times. Then, click on the hint to use your Apple ID to reset a password to access the desktop. If you don’t have the Apple ID either, enter into macOS Recovery to erase the Mac and reinstall macOS.

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You need to boot up your MacBook Pro to Recovery Mode first. And then, click Recovery Assistant on the top menu bar and select Erase Mac. After the erasure, your Mac will automatically restart. Next, reboot your Mac into Recovery Mode and click Reinstall macOS.