How to reset Raspbian 10 (Buster) password on Raspberry PI 4

Hey! if you are reading this chances are you forgot the password to your Raspberry PI. Worry not though here is how to reset it on Raspbian 10 Buster using a Raspberry PI 4, I don’t really think the model of Raspberry PI matters but it’s just to give you a better idea of my environment.

  1. First start your Raspberry PI
  2. Open a Terminal window and type the following command:
    sudo su -

    You should see something like this:

    pi@raspberrypi:~ $ sudo su -
    root@raspberrypi:~#
  3. Now you are logged as root, meaning that it’s time to change the password by typing the following command:
    passwd <username>

    In this case the username is pi. Therefore you should see something like this:

    root@raspberrypi:~# passwd pi
    New password:
  4. Type your new password, then retype it, and you should see something like this:
    pi@raspberrypi:~ $ sudo su -
    root@raspberrypi:~# passwd pi
    New password: 
    Retype new password: 
    passwd: password updated successfully
    root@raspberrypi:~#
  5. BOOM! it’s done!

I decided to make this post because I read a lot of times about modifying some ‘cmdline.txt’ file that doesn’t exist in my memory card, so I just did it as I do it with other Linux operating systems.

Hope it helps.

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