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How Does Changing My Mac Login Password Effect Keychain?

I need clarification on how changing the login password on my Mac effects Keychain. I’ve read something about changing the Mac login creates a new default keychain? If I change the Mac login password, will all my keychain passwords remain and does the password for keychain change as well?


How does changing my Mac login password effect Keychain?

Comments: 4 Responses to “How Does Changing My Mac Login Password Effect Keychain?”

    2 years ago

    Where did you read that? Changing your Mac user account password will not create a new keychain. By default your Mac user account password is also your keychain password. When you change your Mac user account password (in System Preferences, Users & Groups) you would also be changing your keychain password. But it is the same keychain. You shouldn't notice anything different. You'd just be using your new Mac user account password whenever you log into your Mac, unlock it, or access anything that needs it, including keychain.

    Don't go into the Keychain Access app and try to manually change the keychain password there. Though I don't think you can anymore.

    2 years ago

    Thanks Gary

    Here's where I read's an Apple support page:

    Reset your Mac login password
    Sometimes a login password needs to be reset—for example, if you have forgotten the login password and can’t use a password hint to remember it.
    When a user’s login password is reset, **a new default keychain is created to store the user’s passwords**.

    2 years ago

    David: That is talking about resetting your password. That's when you forget your password and need to get back into your account. That's fundamentally different than changing your password.

    2 years ago

    Thanks so much Gary!

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