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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

http://www.example.com/login/

Replace, www.example.com 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:

http://www.your-website-url.com/

Username: your-username

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

To reset your password, visit the following address:

<http://www.your-website-url.com/wp-login.php?action=rp&key=xxxyyyzzz1112223&login=your-username>

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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  • Virginia

    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 “.wordpress.com”
    Please help me I’m devastated :(

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      This guide is for self hosted WordPress.org sites (the difference between WordPress.org vs WordPress.com). Please check out WordPress.com support to recover your lost password.

  • Raghu

    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?

  • Ravi Janardhan

    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?

    • Noumaan

      Ravi check your junk mail folder. The email will be sent to the email account associated with your WordPress username. As a last resort, you can reset your password using phpMyAdmin.

      • Ravi Janardhan

        Thanks so much Noumaan for timely help!

        We are able to reset password with phpMyAdmin.

  • piyush goyal

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

  • Gautam Doddamani

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

  • Rod Salm

    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

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      If you are not the site admin, then it is possible that the site admin has disabled that functionality. We shared a tutorial on how to do that a while ago:

      http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-remove-the-password-reset-change-option-from-wordpress/

      It is also possible that somehow your permissions got messed up for that username. It might be best to create a new user of that level, and copy and paste the permission code in your database for that user.

    • zimbrul

      Once done few times the PhpMyAdmin mode is quite easy to perform