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Forgot your Password? How to Recover a Lost Password in WordPress

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Forgot your Password? How to Recover a Lost Password in WordPress

Forgetting password for any kind of web service is a common problem. Even the most tech savvy people forget their passwords. In the past, we have shown you how to reset your WordPress password using phpMyAdmin, but that method is a bit hard. In this article, we will show you an easier way to recovering your lost password in WordPress.

First, go to the login screen of your WordPress blog. The login page of your WordPress blog is located at

Replace, with your website address. Your WordPress login screen has a Lost your password? link just below the login form. See the screenshot below:

Lost password recovery link on WordPress login Page

Click on Lost your password? link. This will take you to another page where you will be asked to provide your WordPress username or email address.

WordPress Password Recovery Screen

Enter the username you use to log into your WordPress blog. You can also provide the email address you have used during the installation or registration on your WordPress blog. After entering the username or email address, click the Get New Password button.

Once you have entered a valid username or email address, WordPress will send an email to the email address associated with that account. It will also show you “Check your e-mail for the confirmation link” notification on the login screen.

WordPress Password Reset Email Sent

Check your email inbox, there will be an email with the subject [Your Blog Title] Password Reset. Wait for a few minutes if you do not immediately see the email in your inbox. If you still do not see an email, then check your Spam or Junk Mail folder.

When you get the email, it will have a message similar to the following:

Someone requested that the password be reset for the following account:

Username: your-username

If this was a mistake, just ignore this email and nothing will happen.

To reset your password, visit the following address:


Click on the second link to reset your password. This link will take you back to your website and will allow you to enter a new password for your WordPress account.

Enter a new password for your WordPress account

First enter a new password and then repeat the same new password in “Confirm New Password” field. The Strength Indicator bar below will let you know if both passwords don’t match. The strength indicator bar will also let you know the strength of your password. WordPress will let you set a weak password, but it is recommended that you choose a strong password.

A strong password is more than 8 characters long, contains both upper and lower case letters, with numbers, and special characters like ! ” ? $ % ^ &.

Once you have entered a password, press the Reset password button. You will see a notification “Your password has been reset. Log in”.

Password reset complete

Congratulations, you have successfully reset your WordPress password. Click on “Login” link to sign in to your WordPress blog using the new password.

Advanced level WordPress users can also reset WordPress password from phpMyAdmin.

Extra Tip on Managing WordPress Password

Entering password each time you log in to your WordPress blog can be bothersome. However, if you always log in to your WordPress blog from your own devices using your home internet connection then you can stop WordPress from forgetting you with Always Remember Me plugin. This plugin will check the Remember Me box below your login screen. So once you log in to your WordPress, you will remain logged in for a long time unless you clear your browser’s cookies.

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  1. Amar says:


    I am facing with below error when trying to recover my password.

    The email could not be sent.
    Possible reason: your host may have disabled the mail() function.

  2. Amar says:

    Hi ,

    I am trying to reset my password but it is saying your mail() is

    The email could not be sent.
    Possible reason: your host may have disabled the mail() function.

  3. jai says:

    I have get a email confirmation link. buy when I click on the password reset link it always takes me again to the username/email enter link. My password is not resetting and even I am not getting the problem solved by the wordpress confirmation links… Now what should I do??

  4. Fábio Tojal says:

    I am having a problem in the “lost password” link! When I click on the lost password link nothing happen, I just stay in same page of login!

    The lost password link is working which is

    but, I don’t know what to do to put it working on the wp-login.php page!

    Thanks for your time!

  5. Govind Kumar says:

    i want my wordpress site to reset user’s password using mobile number is there any way to do this ?
    waiting for you reply :)

  6. John says:

    I clicked on the link lost password, but haven’t received any emails from . And it’s not in my junk folder.

  7. Hellena says:

    Hi, I forgot the password and the email that was used to register the website (the owner is unable to access it) How can I reset the password now that I cant use the email option? Its a company website and I really need to update it.

  8. Virginia says:

    I’m very sad :(
    I just did change the facebook sharing in wordpress. Somehow my blog did close and worpress asked for the pasword but i didn’t remember it because it always remember me.
    I used the option to get an e mail and get a new password. But it did not send the e mail, it said that they send me a SMS, but I never put my celphone numbre in it.
    I don’t understand the “PhpMyAdmin mode”. My blog is a free wordpress. Like “”
    Please help me I’m devastated :(

  9. Raghu says:

    Hi Hello,

    I am recieving a mail for resetting the password when we clicked the forgot password, but that does not contain a link for resetting the password.

    Any one can help me in this please?

  10. Ravi Janardhan says:

    Somehow it’s not accepting my username & pAssword. On top of that I am not getting mall for ‘forgot password’. No clue, what to do, now?

  11. piyush goyal says:

    today I just lost my password then your this article help me alot
    thanx a lot for this

  12. Gautam Doddamani says:

    pretty standard procedure but no doubt a helpful guide for many…thanks for sharing! :)

  13. Rod Salm says:

    I’ve done this method several times, but then get an error message “You don’t have permissions to perform this function.” which forced me to try the complicated myphp admin route. Anyone know why an install of WordPress would offer up this error?

    ­Rod Salm

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