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Forgot password in WordPress? Recover a lost password. 3 solutions.

WordPress has a few ways to reset your password. Some of them are quicker than the others or may be more difficult. Everything depends on your skills and access that you have.

Resetting password in WordPress via FTP

  • Login to your FTP client and edit file functions.php in the theme that is active.
  • Add this line after first <?php

    wp_set_password( 'password', 1 );

    'password' - your new password
    1 - ID of the user. You can check it using PHPMyAdmin. If you don't have a possibility to do that check ID = 1. If you have only one administrator, there is a large probability that you will have luck :-)
  • Go to http://yourwebsite/wp-admin and enter your username and password: password. You will not be signed into backend, but login form would just refresh.
  • IMPORTANT: do not try login to backend now. Now reverse your changes in functions.php - just delete this new line. Until you do that password will be reset on every login attempt. Your new password is password.
  • After the first login just change your password to safer by editing your profile.

Resetting password in WordPress via WP CLI

WP CLI is a command line that you can use for managing Wordpress. Read more about WP CLI here.

  • Go to your Wordpress installation directory and enter:

    $ wp user list

    You will see all users and ID of them. Remeber ID of the user that you want to change the password.
  • Update user using this line:

    wp user update 1 --user_pass=newpassword

    1 - ID of the user that you want to change password
    newpassword - your new password

Recover password in WordPress by e-mail

This is the simplest way, and you don't need any knowledge of PHPMyAdmin or FTP.
IMPORTANT: You need to know an email address for your user.

  • Go to http://yourwebsite/wp-admin
  • Now click on Lost your password?

    Recover password in WordPress by e-mail
  • Type your username or email address and then click on Get New Password.

  • You will get similar email message:

    Click on this link at the end of the message.
  • You will be redirected to the page where you can use generated by WordPress password or use your password. Click Reset Password when you are done.

Reset password in WordPress via PHPMyAdmin

This method is useful when we forget username either.

  • Go to PHPMyAdmin
  • Select the correct database on the left-hand side. You can find database name in wp-config.php file. There will be a line:

    define('DB_NAME', 'database_name');

    - name of your database
  • Now select table prefix_users, usually wp_users:

    Reset password in WordPress via PHPMyAdmin
  • You will see there is also username if you forgot it either :-) It's stored in field user_login.
  • Click on Browse:

  • Now click on Edit icon next to your user:

  • You will see fields like these:

    Take a look at field user_pass. There is a MD5 encrypted password. You need to generate your new MD5 password. You can use this tool.
  • Type your new encrypted password into user_pass field.
  • Click on Go when you are done.

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