How to Recover a Lost Joomla Password
Whether you're a new user or a seasoned webmaster, forgetting your user name or password is just part of life. Being able to recover your password is therefore an excellent skill to have. This article will help you to recover your password in Joomla 3x. These recovery steps are also similar to Joomla versions 1.5 and 2.5.
Method 1: Password Recovery For Non-Administrators
You can use this method to recover your password if you're not "Super Admin" and if your website was created in Joomla 3x. In this case you can ignore all of these steps and just do this click on the asterisk (*) symbol to recover your password. Once you click on the asterisk you will be taken to page where you will be asked to enter the email address for the account you created. Joomla will send a verification code to your email and you will be able to choose a new password for your account.
Password Recovery Method 2: For All Other Users
If you are the Super Administrator you will not be able to request your password through method 1. Read on, the following method is an alternative method to recovering your password.
Login to C-panel and click on phpMyAdmin
You will see a list of databases on the left-hand side of your phpMyAdmin screen. If you see more then one database, try to remember and use the database name you initially used to setup Joomla with or find something with a Joomla sounding name like jo_151. Click on that database.
PhpMyAdmin will open up a new page where you will find a list of names such as jos_userprofiles and jos_usergroups and so on. Click on jos_users.
Before you do anything else, make sure you write down the username. Next you will be taken to the table page which will look similar to the one above. By default you should be in the 1) "Browse" tab, if not click on that tab. Next, 2) click on the Edit or pencil icon.
On the next page, enter this string into the password field: 21232f297a57a5a743894a0e4a801fc3
Next scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Go button to save your changes.
You should now be able to login to the backend of your Joomla website using the username you copied and the password admin. After logging in, make sure that you reset your password to something that is harder to guess.
If you have trouble remembering your password, try using Lastpass. It's an add-on browser software that I use daily to generate, store and manage my password.