How to Change Your Password on Any Desktop or Mobile Device

Tina Sieber 21-04-2015

For most of your accounts, your password is the only thing standing between a stranger and your most private data. It had better be a strong password 6 Tips For Creating An Unbreakable Password That You Can Remember If your passwords are not unique and unbreakable, you might as well open the front door and invite the robbers in for lunch. Read More , otherwise your privacy and integrity may be at risk 4 Ways To Avoid Being Hacked Like A Celebrity Leaked celebrity nudes in 2014 made headlines around the world. Make sure it doesn't happen to you with these tips. Read More .


When was the last time you updated the password on your computer, phone, or tablet? It may be time to do it right now –  we explain how.

Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10

The following instructions are for Windows 7. They will work almost the same in Windows 8, 8.1, and 10, if you’re using a local account. If you’re using a Microsoft account to log into your computer, please refer to the next section.

Open the Control Panel. In Windows 7, the Control Panel may be listed in the Start Menu. In Windows 8, 8.1, and 10, right-click the Start Menu and select Control Panel from the list. Alternatively, in any version of Windows, press Windows key + R to launch the Run menu, enter Control Panel, and hit Enter.

In the Control Panel, navigate to User Accounts. In Windows 7, select Change your Windows password, followed by Change your password in the next window, and do just that.

Windows 7 User Accounts


If you’re using a local account on Windows 8, 8.1, or 10, click through to User Accounts (as seen in screenshot above), switch to Manage another account, re-select your Administrator account, then click Change your password, and do the obvious.

Windows 7 Change Password

You can also enter a password hint and review Microsoft’s recommendations for creating a strong password Everything You Need To Know About Passwords Passwords are important and most people don't know enough about them. How do you choose a strong password, use a unique password everywhere, and remember them all? How do you secure your accounts? How do... Read More . Click Change password when you’re done.

Should you ever lose access to Windows 7 or 8, we can show you how to reset your Windows Administrator password Lost Your Windows Administrator Password? Here's How to Fix It Looking for the default administrator password in Windows? Need to recover your account password? Here's how to do it. Read More .


Microsoft Account

Recent Windows operating systems encourage users to sign in with their Microsoft account 5 Security Tips to Consider When Using a Microsoft Account You can't use much of the new Windows 8 user interface without a Microsoft account. The account you for logging into into your computer is now an online account. This raises security concerns. Read More . Whether you’re logging into Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10, changing the password has to be done online. Log into your Microsoft account, under Security & privacy click Change password, and follow the on-screen instructions. You can even force yourself to change your password every 72 days, a practice we highly encourage.

Microsoft Account Password

In Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 you can also access your Microsoft account through the Settings app. In Windows 8 and 8.1, swipe in from the right and select PC Settings. In Windows 10, press Windows Key + I to open Settings. Inside the Settings app, go to Users (Windows 8) or Accounts and click Change your password (Windows 8) or Update my Microsoft account, which will open the respective website.

Did you forget your password or was your account hacked? You may be able to recover your Microsoft account How To Recover A Hacked Microsoft Account & Prevent Future Hacks Microsoft accounts are used for OneDrive file storage, emails, Skype conversations, and even signing into Windows 8. You'll want to get that Microsoft account back if it's ever hacked. Here is how. Read More using Microsoft’s password reset or account recovery page. To avoid future hacks, be sure to enable two-step verification Lock Down These Services Now With Two-Factor Authentication Two-factor authentication is the smart way to protect your online accounts. Let's take a look at few of the services you can lock-down with better security. Read More in addition to a secure password.


Windows Phone

On Windows Phone, open the Settings app from the App list, tap on lock screen, and press the change password button. Enter your current password, followed by your new password, confirm the new password, then tap done to save your changes.


On OS X Lion and up, changing your password works like this:

Log into your computer with an administrator account. Expand the Apple menu, select System Preferences, and from the View menu, pick Users & Groups. Should the window be locked, click the lock button and enter your administrator password.

To change a password, select the user name, click the Reset Password or Change Password button, enter old and new passwords in the respective fields and click Change Password to save your changes.



Click on the key symbol next to the new password field to open the Password Assistant and receive help with creating a safe password.

Should you ever forget your administrator password, we have previously covered ways to reset your OS X account password 4 Ways To Reset Your OS X Account Password Let me guess: You forgot your OS X login password. Don't panic! There are four different ways to regain access so one is bound to work for you. Read More .


On iOS for iPhone, iPad, and iPod, the device password is called passcode. To change your passcode, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode (possibly just Passcode if your device does not have a Touch ID), if necessary tap Turn Passcode On, then tap Change Passcode, authenticate your old passcode, then enter your new four-digit passcode.


In any Linux distribution that uses sudo, start the Terminal and type the following command:

sudo passwd

If prompted, authenticate with your current password, then enter your new UNIX password, repeat, and you’re done. Linux itself can help you generate a secure password 5 Ways To Generate Secure Passwords On Linux It's crucial to use strong passwords for your online accounts. Without a secure password, it's easy for others to crack yours. However, you can get your computer to choose one for you. Read More .

Linux Terminal Change Password

On Linux distributions that do not use sudo, simply drop sudo from the command.

Need to reset your Linux password How To Reset Any Linux Password Read More ? This can be done with and without GRUB, the article in the previous link explains the details.


Open Settings and go to My device > Lock screen. Under Screen security select Screen lock, and pick a medium or high security login option. We recommend to use a password Which Is More Secure, A Password Or a Pattern Lock? Our smartphones carry a lot of personal information. All of your text messages, emails, notes, apps, app data, music, pictures, and so much more are all on there. While it's a very great convenience to... Read More (high security) or a PIN (medium to high security).

Android Change Password

If you’re worried about being locked out of your Android device, give TimePIN a try TimePIN For Android: A New Password Every Minute And It's Your Little Secret TimePIN changes the game with a PIN that is always updating, and has a few tricks up its sleeve to make it more secure. Read More . This app changes the password according to your phone’s clock.


From your BackBerry’s Home screen, push through to Options > Password, open the menu, click Change Password, and follow the on-screen instructions.

To reset your forgotten BlackBerry ID password, enter your account email address here and follow the on-screen instructions. Alternatively, you can reset the password from your device. Click Forgot Password where you’re supposed to log in with your BlackBerry ID, answer the security question, and follow the on-screen instructions. A password reset email will be delivered to your computer or device, respectively. Follow the instructions to reset your password.

WiFi Password

Last but not least, don’t forget to change your WiFi password How to Find and Change Your Wi-Fi Password on Windows 10 Need to find or change your Wi-Fi password? Here's how to change and locate your Wi-Fi password on a Windows computer. Read More . It’s fairly easy to crack a WiFi network How Easy Is It to Crack a Wi-Fi Network? Wi-Fi security is important. You don't want intruders piggybacking on your precious bandwidth -- or worse. There a few misconceptions regarding Wi-Fi security, and we're here to dispel them. Read More , which is why you should also secure your router Why Your Router Is a Security Risk (And How to Fix It) Read More . You could even hide your WiFi network How to Hide Your Wi-Fi Network and Prevent It From Being Seen Wireless networks are less secure than wired networks. Want to hide your router? Here's how to do that and why you shouldn't. Read More .

Change Your Password Now

Now you know how to activate and change your device passwords.

We highly recommend that you use unique passwords for all your accounts. We know it’s impossible to remember them all, but a password manager 5 Password Management Tools Compared: Find the One That's Perfect for You Choosing some sort of password management strategy to deal with the huge amount of passwords we need is crucial. If you're like most people, you probably store your passwords in your brain. To remember them... Read More can help. We also recommend that you regularly change your passwords 3 Default Passwords You Must Change & Why Passwords are inconvenient, but necessary. Many people tend to avoid passwords wherever possible and are happy to use default settings or the same password for all their accounts. This behavior can make your data and... Read More , especially when news about password leaks Gmail Passwords Leak Online, Microsoft Drops Windows Phone, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, negative reviews, Deezer in the U.S., Google Pyramids, the NES 3DS, and an illuminating Rube Goldberg machine. Read More or data breaches Did Your Dropbox Account Really Get Hacked? Recent news reports online and off suggest Dropbox has been breached, with millions of passwords in the hands of hackers. Find out what you should do next. Read More are making the rounds. Password managers Password Management Guide Don't feel overwhelmed by passwords, or simply use the same one on every site just so you'll remember them: design your own password management strategy. Read More like LastPass or Dashlane can change passwords automatically How To Automatically Change Passwords With New LastPass And Dashlane Features Every few months, we hear of a new security vulnerability that requires you to change your password. It's tiresome, but now Password management apps are adding tools to automate this task, saving you time. Read More .

How often do you change your device passwords, how do you ensure they’re secure, and how do you remember them? Are there any device passwords we forgot? Tell us how to change them in the comments!

Related topics: BlackBerry, iOS, Linux, Online Security, OS X Yosemite, Password, Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8.

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  1. Meyssatou maham
    December 20, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    I have galaxy j7 my mail is open i want change password

    • Tina Sieber
      December 21, 2016 at 10:53 am

      What mail app are you using?

      • maham
        December 21, 2016 at 2:32 pm

        I am not able to make new password

  2. marcio
    April 17, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    i forgot my password techast tpad x98 how to do solve the problem

    • maham
      December 21, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      I forgot my password & received message from yahoo to change it

  3. Anonymous
    June 17, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Thanks for sharing!