Sometimes it is possible to forget your WordPress website’s username or password. So how do you go about finding your username or resetting your password? We will have a detailed look at that in this article.

 There are 3 ways in which you can reset WordPress admin password:

  1. Using the built-in password reset option in WordPress
  2. Reset the password from a managed hosting account
  3. Reset the password from cPanel hosting account using PHPMyAdmin

Method 1:Using the built-in password reset option in WordPress

Step 1: Open the login page of your website

Visit or to open the login page of your website.

go to wordpress login page

Step 2: Use the lost your password option

On the login screen click on Lost your password? link. 

click on lost your password

Step 3: Get the password reset link

On the next page, you will need to enter your WordPress email address. This is the email address that you used when creating your WordPress website. Then click on Get New Password. 

enter your email address and get new password

Step 4: Open the link in your email

You would have received a password reset link in your email. Open your email and click on the link that you have received in your email.

Remember, sometimes this email might land in your spam folder. If you don’t receive the email do check your spam folder. 

click on the link in the email you received

Step 5: Create a new password

On the next page, you will need to enter a new password for your website. Then click on Reset Password as shown below. 

enter your new password and click reset password

Once you complete resetting your password, you should get a confirmation as shown below. 

your password has been reset

You should now be able to log in to your website using your new password. You can test it by clicking on Log in

On the login page now enter your username, your new password and click on Log in.

We have now successfully logged in to our website.

Resetting the  wordpress password from your hosting account

Sometimes it is possible that you don’t remember the email which you used while creating your website. In this case, you will need to reset wordpress admin password from your hosting account.

Usually, there are 2 types of WordPress hosting: 

  1. Managed WordPress hosting
  2. cPanel hosting

Method 2:Resetting your password on a managed WordPress hosting 

Step 1: Open your hosting website

Our website is hosted on Godaddy so we will log in to Godaddy. If your website is hosted elsewhere log in to your hosting account. The procedure for resetting your password will generally be the same.

So, we go to GoDaddy and click on Sign in

open godaddy and click sign in

Step 2: Sign in to your account

Enter your username, password and click on Sign in

enter username and password then click sign in

Step 3: Open the Hosting and WordPress page

Click on the menu icon in the top right-hand corner as shown below. 

click on the menu icon

Then click on Hosting and WordPress

click on hosting and wordpress

Step 4: Open the WP Admin dashboard

Click on the three dots in the top right-hand corner to expand the menu. 

click on the three dot button

Then click on WP Admin

click on WP admin

This will automatically open a new window and log you into your dashboard as shown below. 

wordpress dashboard

Step 5: Open the Users page

In the left-hand menu hover over the Users menu and click on Your Profile as shown below. 

You should now be able to see your WordPress username. 

Step 6: Reset the password

On the Your Profile page scroll down and click on Generate Password

Scroll down and click on generate password

WordPress will then generate a password for you. 

wordpress auto generated password

You can either use this password or you can enter your own password. An example is shown below. 

you can also enter your own password

Once you are done entering your new password, scroll down on the page and click on Update Profile

scroll down and click update profile

You should now be able to log in to your website with your new password. To test it, you can log out and try logging in again.

testing the new wordpress password by logging out

Method 3:Resetting your password on a cPanel hosting account using PhpMyAdmin

If you don’t have a managed WordPress hosting account, you are most likely using a cPanel hosting account. 

Step 1: Open your cPanel login link

In your browser enter your website’s link followed by /cpanel for example, we have entered

go to your cpanel page

Step 2: Log in to your cPanel account

This will open the cPanel login page. Enter your cPanel username, password and click on Log in

login to your cpanel account

This will open the cPanel as shown below. 

cpanel dashboard

Step 3: Open the phpMyAdmin page

Search for the phpMyAdmin link and click on it to open it. 

Step 4: Navigate to Users

Once the phpMyAdmin page is open click on the + icon as shown. 

click on the + icon

You will now see an option called users. Click on it to open it. 

click on the  users option

Step 5: Edit a user

You will now find a list of all the users on your website. To change the password for any user click on Edit as shown below. 

click on edit button next to the user whose password you want to change.

Step 6: Enter a new password

The current password will be shown. However, this is encrypted and you cannot use it. So you need to enter a new password. Simply select the text and erase it, then enter your new password. 

enter a new password

Once you have entered a new password. You need to secure it. From the dropdown next to the password select MD5.

select MD5 from the function dropdown

To save the new password click on Go

You should have now successfully reset the WordPress admin password for your website. 

successfully reset password

Step 7: Testing the new password

You can now try logging into WordPress with the new password. Go to your site and type /login for example

Enter your username and your new password. Then click on Log in

testing the new password


You have now learned 3 methods that you can use to reset your WordPress admin password. Here is a video tutorial on the same for you to follow along.

So, have you tried any of the methods? If you have any doubts please post it in our Facebook group and we would be happy to resolve.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How do I reset my WordPress admin password?

2. How to reset WordPress password without email?

If you don’t remember the email which you used while creating your website, you will need to reset the WordPress password from your hosting account.

There are 2 types of hosting: Managed hosting & CPanel hosting

3. How to reset the WordPress password from CPanel?

You can reset the WordPress password from CPanel in 6 steps:

1: Open your website cPanel login 
 2: Log in to your CPanel Account
 3: Open the PhpMyAdmin Page
 4: Navigate to Users
 5: Click On Edit User
 6: Enter a New Password

Nithin Jawahar
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Just what I needed! Thanks!

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Karthik Tatikonda

We are glad that this blog helped you, Anon. 😁