There’s nothing more frustrating than getting locked out of your WordPress admin dashboard. But if you find yourself in that situation, don’t worry! It’s 100% possible to reset your WordPress admin password, even if you lost access to your email address.
In this article, I’ll give you a few different ways to reset your WordPress admin password. I’ll start with the simplest method that should hopefully work in most situations. But just in case it doesn’t work, I’ll also give you two alternative methods that can help you reset your admin password even in the direst of circumstances.
Let’s get going so you can get back into your admin dashboard…
Every WordPress install includes a built-in tool to help you automatically reset your admin password. As long as you still have access to the email account associated with your WordPress username, you can use this method to reset your admin password without any fuss.
If you don’t have access to your email address, go ahead and skip to the next sections because this method won’t work for you.
To find the WordPress reset admin password tool, go ahead and try to log in to your WordPress site like normal.
On the WordPress login page, you should see a Lost your password? link underneath the boxes for Username and Password:
Give that a click. Then, on the next screen, enter either your WordPress username or the email address associated with your WordPress account and click the Get New Password option:
Once you click that button, WordPress will send you an email with a link to reset your password:
Click the reset link in the email. Then, you’ll see a screen where you can enter a new password:
Once you enter your new password and click Reset Password, you’ll be able to log in to your WordPress account like normal using your original username/email address and your new password.
Congrats! You’re finished. Make sure to keep your new password safe so that you don’t need to reset it again.
Ok, this method is a bit of a longshot because it requires a specific set of circumstances to fall in your favor. But it’s much simpler than the next method, so I’m going to include it just in case it applies to you.
If you’ve used any other devices (other computers, your smartphone, etc.) or browsers to log in to your WordPress site, there’s a chance that one of those devices or browsers is still logged into your WordPress account. In today’s multi-device world, this is actually more common you might think.
If you’re able to access your admin dashboard through one of those options, you can reset your admin password from inside the dashboard.
To do that, head to Users → Your Profile in your WordPress dashboard sidebar:
Scroll down to the Account Management options at the bottom of the page and click the Generate Password button next to the New Password option:
WordPress will auto-generate a new password. You can either use this password as-is or replace it with your own password by typing in the box:
When you’re done, make sure to click the Update Profile button. Then, you can log in to WordPress with your new password.
Ok, if neither of the other WordPress reset admin password options has worked so far, this third method is foolproof as long as you have access to your hosting account.
It is a little bit more complicated because you’ll need to dig into your site’s database, but I’ll try to make things as simple as possible for you.
Before you get started, though, make sure you have a backup of your site just in case. Whenever you’re working directly with your site’s database, it’s always a good idea to make sure you have a recent backup.
If you can’t back up your site because you’re completely locked out of your admin dashboard, then speaking to your host is a good option. They should be able to help you create a backup of your database without needing to be logged into WordPress.
Your WordPress site’s database stores all the information about your WordPress site, including your user profile and password. With access to your database, you can edit everything about your site’s content right at the source.
To access your WordPress site’s database, you can use a tool called phpMyAdmin, which is included with nearly every host.
Assuming you’re using a host with cPanel (which is most affordable hosts nowadays), you can access phpMyAdmin by looking for the phpMyAdmin button in your cPanel dashboard:
phpMyAdmin will list every database on your server. If you have multiple WordPress installations, it can be a bit tricky to find the right database (ask your host for help if you’re confused). But if you only have one WordPress installation, the right database should be selected by default:
Once you have the right database, click on the wp_users table in the main area of the screen:
Inside wp_users, look for the username for the account you want to edit. Then click the Edit button for that row:
On the next screen, look for the user_pass value. You’ll see text in there – but this is not your actual password. That’s because WordPress performs something called hashing and salting to avoid storing your actual password in the database (this is essential for security).
Go ahead and delete that text and enter your desired password. Then, select MD5 in the Function column drop-down (this hashes your password, from which WordPress will further “salt” your password after, in case you’re curious).
Once you’ve entered your password and selected MD5, click Go at the bottom:
And that’s it! You can now log in to your WordPress site using the password that you just entered in the database.
Forgetting your WordPress admin password is stressful, but it’s by no means the end of the world.
In most cases, you can use the built-in WordPress reset admin password functionality that’s available right on your login page. All you’ll need to do is generate the reset link, enter your new password, and log in again.
If that’s not an option because you lost access to your email address (or something else is preventing it from working), you may get lucky and find that you’re still logged into another device or browser.
And if neither of those options works, you’ll always be able to manually reset your password from your WordPress database as a last resort.
So – don’t stress! You can always get your WordPress site back.