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Password Management for Mac
To avoid account lookouts and access issues, you will need to update the password on your Mac as well as your UCSF account password at the same time.
NOTE: Your Mac password is not synced with your UCSF passwords and it is advised to change both at the same time with the same password. Learn more about the UCSF account Password change process.
For assistance with selecting a password that meets the UCSF security requirements, please refer to our Password Complexity Requirements.
Important: After changing your password using the Password Management Tool, you must also update any additional devices you use that may be storing your UCSF username and password. Also, many devices store your credentials in more than one application, and you may need to update each of these separately. For example:
- If you own an iPhone and use it both to check your email and to get on the UCSFwpa secure wireless network, you may need to update the password for both functions separately.
NOTE: If you use your iPhone to check your email or use Office 365 mobile applications, you will need to Enroll the Mobile Device in Intune Company Portal.
Step 1. Updating your Mac password
- Update your Mac password by clicking on the Apple icon in the top left corner of the screen and selecting System Preferences...
- Select Users & Groups.
- Select your account under Current User.
- Click the Change Password... button to change your password.
- The password change window will open.
- Enter your current UCSF Password in the Old Password field.
- Enter your new password in the New Password and Verify fields. NOTE: Ensure that your new password meets the UCSF Enterprise Password Standard.
(Alternatively, you can click the key icon button to open the Password Assistant, which can help you generate a new secure password.)
- Optionally, you can enter in the last field a Password Hint that can be displayed to help you remember your password.
- Click Change Password to finish updating your password on your Mac.
Now that your password has been updated on your Mac, you will need to update your UCSF account password to avoid any potential login issues. Learn more about the UCSF account Password change process.