How to Set or Reset Password for Lock Screen

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Your smartphone or computer/laptop may contain private data that you wouldn't want to show to outsiders like family photos or business related data. That's why people use lock screen password on their devices so that only you and your authorized people can get access to them. But at the same time, you would also need to find a solution to reset or change the password if you forgot lock screen password as you wouldn't be able to access your own device without resetting it. If you don't know how to set or reset the password for lock screen, then follow this article. Here, we will tell you how to change the lock screen password for Android, Windows, Mac and iOS devices. So, without further ado, let's go ahead.

Part 1: How to Set or Reset Lock Screen Password for Windows

On Windows, lock screen password can be changed from Settings app or control panel in User accounts section. In Windows 10, it is simply named Accounts and contains most settings for user accounts. Since Windows 10 is the latest version of Windows OS and users have been switching to Windows 10 due to Microsoft dropping support for the earlier version, here, we will tell you the method to set a password for the lock screen on Windows 10.

Step 1: First, click on Start > Choose Settings > Select Account.

go to accounts

step 2: Then, click on Sign-in Options and click on Add button under Password section.

add password

Step 3: Enter your password twice, once in the New password text field and then in Reenter Password field.

enter password

Step 4: Don't forget to enter a password hint in case you forget the password and then click Next and then click Finish.

How to Reset Windows Lock Screen Password?

You set the lock screen password on Windows to keep others from accessing your private data, but what if you forgot lock screen password and can't access your own Windows computer? In this situation, you would need to reset forgotten Windows password, by resetting the password using reset disk, resetting the Windows or reinstalling the Windows. Among them, only the first solution will be favorable to you as it will consume less time, moreover, there is no fear of losing the data as in the latter two solutions.

But, if by chance, you didn't create password reset disk beforehand, then you could make it later using PassFab 4WinKey. PassFab 4WinKey is a Windows lock screen password unlock app that allows you to recover, reset, change or remove lock screen password from all user accounts including admin account, local user account as well as Microsoft account. Moreover, it is compatible with a wide range of Windows OS like Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10. If you want to know how to change lock screen password on Windows using PassFab 4WinKey.

Step 1: Download and install PassFab 4WinKey on another computer.

Step 2: Then launch the program and select the CD/DVD/USB from the home screen.

choose usb

Step 3: Select the boot media and click "Burn" to create a password recovery disk.

burn usb successfully

Step 4: Restart the computer and press ESC or F12 to enter the boot menu and boot from the Windows password recovery disk.

boot from recovery disk

Step 5: Select the OS on the locked computer and select "Reset your password" option.

select windows

Step 6: Then, select the user account on the PC whose password you want to change, enter the new password and click Next.

enter a new password

Step 7: At last, restart the PC and login to Windows 10 using the new password.

reboot pc

Part 2: How to Set or Reset Lock Screen Password for Mac

Setting the lock screen password on Mac is as easy as on the Windows. You just need to go to System Preferences and then from there you can set login password on your Mac. Follow the steps below to know how to set a password for lock screen on Mac.

Step 1: Click on the Apple menu > Select System Preferences > Security & Privacy.

Step 2: Then, go to the General tab, and check "Require password" immediately after sleep or screen saver begins.

Step 3: Click on the Show All button and select Desktop & Screen Saver.

Step 4: Go to Screen Saver tab, select the waiting time for the screen saver to start.

select screen saver time

Step 5: Click Hot corners and then select a corner to start screen saver and click OK. Then, exit system preferences.

select hot corners

How to Reset Mac Lock Screen Password?

You can also add your Apple ID in your user account so that if you have forgotten the lock screen password, then you could use the Apple ID to reset your Mac password. If you want to know how to change lock screen password.

Step 1: Enter the wrong password at Mac's lock screen for 3 times.

Step 2: You will see a message saying "If you forgot your password, you can reset it using your Apple ID". Click the arrow button on the message box.

click arrow icon

Step 3: Now, enter your Apple ID credentials and click Reset Password.

enter apple id credentials

Step 4: Enter the new password for your Mac login screen and also create a password hint. Finally, click "Reset password".

enter a new password

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Part 3: How to Set or Reset Lock Screen Password for Android

You can set lock screen password not just on Windows or Mac computer/laptops, but also Android devices. You would have secured your devices using pattern, pin, fingerprint or face unlock. But, if you don't know how to set password for lock screen on Android, then follow the below steps.

Step 1: Open Settings app on your device and then select the option related to Security, Privacy and security or lock screen and passwords. The options may change according to different Android version and device manufacturers.

Step 2: Then, tap Screen lock and select the type of screen lock you want like the pattern, PIN, password. There can be other options as well like Fingerprint, Face unlock, Smart lock etc.

Step 3: Select any of the above options and create the password. Then tap Confirm.

How to Remove Password from Android Lock Screen?

Now that you know how to set lock screen password on Android, it is also important to know how to remove it in case you forget it someday. There are two methods to remove the lock screen password on your Android device i.e. Reset device, which will erase all data on the device, and reset password using Google Account(only available for Android 4.4 and lower). Follow the below steps to know how to remove password from the Android lock screen.

Step 1: First, enter the lock screen password 5 times consecutively and a forgot pattern/PIN/password message will appear.

Step 2: For devices below Android 4.4, tap on Forgot Pattern/pin option and sign in with your Google account. Then, reset the lock screen password.

reset password google account

Step 3: For devices above 4.4, reboot the device into Recovery mode and select wipe data/factory reset.

factory reset

Part 4: How to Set or Reset Lock Screen Password for iPhone/iPad

iPhone users can also set different type of password on their devices like 4-digit/6-digit passcode, custom numeric, alphanumeric, touch ID and Face ID. Though, pattern password isn't available in iOS devices including iPhone and iPad. To know how to set a password for lock screen on iPhone/iPad, follow the below steps.

Step 1: Go to Settings on your iOS device and select "Face ID & passcode", "Touch ID & Passcode" or "Passcode" option as per your device model.

Step 2: Then, tap on the "Turn Passcode On" option and enter a 6-digit passcode or select other passcode options.

tap turn passcode on

Step 3: Confirm your entered passcode to activate it.

How to Reset the Lock Screen Password on iPhone/iPad?

If you forgot lock screen password on iPhone/iPad, then you could choose iTunes or iCloud to reset your device. The easiest method is using iTunes and if you don"t know how to reset forgotten lock screen password on the iOS device using iTunes, then follow the below steps:

Step 1: First, check and make that you have the latest version of iTunes on your computer. If not, then update it.

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to the computer using the USB cable and then select the iPhone icon in iTunes.

Step 3: Click on the Summary option in the left panel and then click Restore iPhone button.

restore iphone

Step 4: At the confirmation prompt, click Restore.

confirm iphone restore

Conclusion

The lock screen password is a very useful function that allows you to protect your devices from unauthorized access. It makes sure that your privacy isn't invaded and your data on the devices isn't accessed by anyone else, especially if the device you want to secure contain sensitive information relating to your job or business. So, in this article, we have shown you the way to set a password for lock screen on Windows, Mac, iPhone, and Android devices. Moreover, we have also given you the method to reset a forgotten lock screen password for these devices.

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