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How to Reset a WordPress Password Without Admin Access

Sometimes you forget your WordPress admin password. Don't worry - it happens to all of us.

This tutorial will show you two easy ways to reset your WordPress password so that you can get back to work.

Option 1: Lost Password Email

The easiest way is to email yourself a password reset.

  • Go to yoursite.com/wp-admin and click on "Lost your password?" 
How to Reset a WordPress Password Without Admin Access
  • Fill out the form and check the email associated with the admin account.

Option 2: Reset via phpMyAdmin

Occasionally, option 1 won't work due to the server environment or a bug. The email either won't get sent or the reset token will be broken.

The second option is to manually reset it via the database.

  • Log into your host's file manager
  • Access phpMyAdmin

In the left column, click on:

  • Your site name
  • Your database*
  • the _users table

*If you're not sure which is your database, use this tutorial.

  • In the main column, find and edit your user.
  • In the function column of the user_pass, select "MD5"
  • Enter your desired password in value column of user_pass

Click "Go" at the bottom right to save your new password.

Congrats! That's all there is to it. Your new password should now be working.

About the author

Nick is the Director of Support at OSTraining and you can find him in almost every area of the site, from answering support requests and account questions to creating tutorials and software.