Do you want to learn how to change your WordPress password? Sometimes you might forget your password or need to change it for security reasons.
While there is a lost password link on the login page that lets you reset your password, sometimes the WordPress password reset email never makes it to your inbox because your WordPress hosting company does not have it configured properly.
Other times, you might want to force change the WordPress password for every user on your website due to security reasons.
In this beginner’s guide, we will show you four different ways to change the WordPress password to cover every possible scenario.
Here is what we will cover in this tutorial:
Before You Change Your WordPress Password
We can’t emphasize enough that passwords are your first line of defense against hacking attempts on your WordPress website.
A lot of times users end up using a weak password because it’s easy to remember. Please don’t do that. You can use one of the many free and secure password managers.
Sometimes it might be tempting to share your WordPress passwords with team members or even contract developers. You should never do that.
This way you can easily delete their account when they’re no longer part of your team without having to change your main password.
That being said, let’s take a look at different ways to change your WordPress password.
If you’d prefer written instructions, then just keep reading.
How to Change Your WordPress Password in 2 Minutes
This is the easiest way to change your WordPress password.
The first thing you need to do is log in to your WordPress website. You can do this by entering your WordPress login URL (for example,
https://example.com/login/) in your browser.
Once you are logged in, go to Users » Your Profile from your WordPress menu.
On the WordPress profile, you need to scroll down to the Account Management section.
Then, scroll until you see the ‘New Password’ option.
Go ahead and click on the ‘Generate Password’ to add a new password.
WordPress will automatically create a strong password for you.
You can continue with this strong password or change it with a new password of your own.
After that, click the ‘Update Profile’ button to save your new password.
Once done, you will see a ‘Profile updated’ notification on the top.
WordPress will also send you a password change notification in your email inbox.
How to Reset Your WordPress Password When Locked Out
The above method lets you change your password when you have access to your WordPress dashboard. But what if you lost your password and cannot log in?
Don’t panic, there is a super easy way to recover your lost password in WordPress.
You can simply go to the WordPress login page (
https://example.com/wp-login.php) and click on the ‘Lost your password?’ link.
After clicking on that, it will take you to the password reset page.
You need to either enter your username or email address to reset the password on your account.
Once done, WordPress will send a password reset link to the email address associated with your user account.
For more details, see our guide on how to recover a lost password in WordPress.
How to Change the WordPress Password From Database
The ‘Lost Password’ method above is beginner friendly, but sometimes you won’t be able to use that method if you don’t have access to the email address associated with the account or if your WordPress site fails to send an email.
If such a situation comes up, then you will need to reset your WordPress password directly in the database. The easiest way to do that is by using phpMyAdmin.
First, you need to log in to your WordPress hosting account’s control panel. After that, click on the ‘phpMyAdmin’ option in the Databases section.
Note: Your screen might look different because each hosting provider has its own control panel. If you are having a hard time locating the phpMyAdmin link, then contact your hosting support.
After you launch the phpMyAdmin app, you will see a list of all your databases.
You need to select the database associated with your WordPress site.
After that, you will see the list of tables in your WordPress database.
You need to look for the
wp_users table in this list and click on the ‘Browse’ link next to it.
This will show you a list of all users on your WordPress site.
On this page, you need to click on the ‘Edit’ link next to your user account.
phpMyAdmin will show you a form with all the user information fields.
You will need to delete the value in the
user_pass field and replace it with your new password. Under the function column, make sure you select ‘MD5’ from the drop-down menu and then click on the ‘Go’ button.
That’s all, you have successfully changed your WordPress password.
For more details, see our guide on how to reset a WordPress password from phpMyAdmin.
How to Force Change WordPress Password for All Users
If your website was hacked, or your industry has certain data compliance regulations, then you might need to force change the WordPress password for all users.
This can be easily done using a password expiration plugin. For details on how to do this, see our guide on how to force change passwords in WordPress.
Expert Guides on WordPress Passwords
Now that you have learned how to change a password in WordPress, you may wish to see some of our other guides on WordPress passwords:
- How to Easily and Securely Manage Passwords (Beginner’s Guide)
- Forgot Password? How to Recover a Lost Password in WordPress
- How and Why You Should Limit Login Attempts in WordPress
- How to Add Security Questions to the WordPress Login Screen
- How to Customize the WordPress Reset Password Page
- How to Remove the Password Reset/Change Option From WordPress
- How to Add a Simple User Password Generator in WordPress
- How to Force Strong Passwords on Users in WordPress
- How to Force Users to Change Passwords in WordPress – Expire Password
- How to Reset Passwords for All Users in WordPress
- How to Add Two-Factor Authentication in WordPress (Free Method)
- How to Add Passwordless Login in WordPress with Magic Links
We hope this article helped you to learn how to change your password in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to properly move from HTTP to HTTPS or our expert pick of tips to improve WordPress performance.