How to reset and change your Microsoft password

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If you forget your Microsoft password, you won't be able to access your Microsoft account. This password is connected to Windows 365, Word Office, Excel, Skype, OneDrive, Microsoft Teams and many other related applications. Fortunately, as long as you can verify your identity, you have the ability to reset and change your Microsoft password.

This article will show you how to reset and change your Microsoft account password on different devices. Additionally, we'll give you some tips on what to do if you can't reset your Microsoft password.



How to Reset Microsoft Password from PC

When it comes to changing your password, Microsoft gives you two options. The first method is to simply change your Microsoft password when you know what it is. The second method covers changing a forgotten Microsoft password, in which case you will need to reset it.

To reset and change your Microsoft password on a PC, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to Microsoft on your browser.
  2. Go to the "Login" option in the upper right corner of your screen.
  3. Enter your email address, phone number or Skype ID.
  4. Click on the “Next” button.
  5. Select the "Forgot Password?" " button.
  6. Choose how you want to get the security code (email or SMS).
  7. Click the “Get Code” button.
  8. Enter the code Microsoft just sent you.
  9. Enter your new password.
  10. Confirm the new password.
  11. Click the "Next" button again to save the changes.

That's all we can say about it. Be sure to choose an easy-to-remember password or just write it down somewhere to prevent this situation from happening again.



Microsoft suggests using strong passwords of at least 12 characters. It's also a good idea to combine upper and lower case letters, numbers and punctuation marks. Think of a brand new password to make your password more secure instead of using an old one.

What to do if you can't reset your Microsoft password?

As mentioned earlier, as long as you can verify that the Microsoft account is yours, there should be no problem. However, resetting your password may be more difficult if you don't have access to the security contact information used to create your Microsoft account. This also applies to accounts created without any security information.

If Microsoft won't allow you to reset your password, the only option you have is to complete the Microsoft account recovery form, which can only be used if two-step verification is not enabled.

Before you do this, make sure you have a working email account so that Microsoft can send you information about your account. It's also a good idea to do this with a device and location you've used to sign in to your Microsoft account before.

To start the Microsoft account recovery process, click here. Here's what you need to do next to recover your account:

  1. Enter the Microsoft account you are trying to recover by providing your email address or phone number.
  2. Use a new email address where Microsoft can contact you.
  3. Type the characters you see in the box below.
  4. Click on the “Next” button.
  5. Answer all questions about your Microsoft account.

The more information you provide, the more likely you are to recover your account. Microsoft will review your account recovery request and respond to you within 24 hours. If your request is denied, you have no choice but to create a new Microsoft account.



How to Reset Microsoft Password from iPhone

Suppose you want to reset your Microsoft password on your phone. In this case, you can do it via Skype, Microsoft Office, Outlook, OneDrive or any other Microsoft application. If none of these apps are installed on your phone, you can do so on the Microsoft website.


Follow the steps below to reset your Microsoft password on your iPhone:

  1. Visit the Microsoft website on your browser on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the person icon in the top right corner of your browser.
  3. Enter your email, phone or Skype ID.
  4. Select the "Next" button below the box.
  5. Tap on "Forgot your password?" » optional.
  6. Choose the email or SMS option.

    Notes: If you want Microsoft to text you, you must first enter the last four digits of your phone number.
  7. Go to the “Get Code” button. Microsoft will immediately send you a seven-digit code.
  8. Type your code.
  9. Select "Next" again.
  10. Enter your new password.
  11. Confirm your new password.
  12. Tap on “Next”.

You have successfully recovered your Microsoft account by resetting your password. You will now have access to all apps and services connected to your Microsoft account. If you chose any of the apps mentioned above to reset your Microsoft password, the process would be the same.


How to Reset Microsoft Password from Android Device

The process of resetting your Microsoft password on an Android device is similar to the steps for iPhone. It will only take you a few minutes. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Open your browser and go to Microsoft website.
  2. Switch to the "Connection" option in the upper right corner.
  3. Enter your email address, phone number or Skype ID.
  4. Tap on the “Next” button.
  5. Go to "Forgot your password?" » optional.
  6. Select how you would like to receive the code.
  7. Enter the code on the next page.
  8. Choose "Next" again.
  9. Enter your new password.
  10. Confirm your new password.
  11. Press "Next" to save changes.

Now that you have reset your password, you will be able to sign in to your Microsoft account on all devices. Don't forget to write down your password somewhere so you won't forget it again.

Restore your Microsoft account with a new password

Forgetting your Microsoft password does not necessarily mean that your account is permanently lost. If you have provided the necessary security information, Microsoft will be able to verify that the account belongs to you and you will have the option of resetting your password. If you can't prove that the account belongs to you, your only other option is to recover your Microsoft account.

Have you ever reset your Microsoft account password before? Were you able to get back to your account? Let us know in the comments section below.

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