Time needed: 5 minutes

Change WordPress password via functions.php

  1. Login to your website via FTP

    Login to your website via FTP and go to your theme’s functions.php file and download it. for example:  /www/username/public_html/wp-content/themes/twentyfourteen/functions.php

  2. Edit functions.php

    2. On line 2, right after the first <?php line add this:

    In this example, we’re setting the password to password, and we’re updating it for the user user.

    Alternatively you could use this code for the admin user 1:
    wp_set_password( 'password', 1 );

  3. Upload the modified functions.php

    Upload the modified functions.php file to your /themes folder on the server.

  4. Login

    Login to your WordPress dashboard using the new password.

  5. Remove the line from functions.php

    Remove the wp_set_password line from the functions.php file, and re-upload it.

If this did not work for you, you can try renaming /wp-content/plugins

This will deactivate all plugins, until you rename the folder again to /plugins. Sometimes there are plugin conflicts.

You can also change your WordPress password via phpMyAdmin.