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How to Change & Recover Outlook PST Password?

Megha Sharma
Megha Sharma Updated On - 28 May 2020

Outlook users protect their PST files with passwords to secure their data as they may contain important personal, financial, and business information. But sometimes, they may have to change the old password, mostly after sharing the password with somebody else for some temporary requirements.

Outlook provides an option to change the old password. But this feature is not helpful if you don’t know the old password. In that case, only a professional password recovery tool can be of help.

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Try Kernel Outlook Password Recovery tool to recover forgotten or lost Outlook PST file password and to set a new password. The software supports Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010 and all the previous versions


How to change PST password if you know the old password?

Changing the PST password is easy if you know its old password. This is how you can do it in MS Outlook.

Note: In case the user has forgotten the Outlook PST file password, Microsoft does not provide any recovery option to retrieve that password manually. One needs to choose a third-party Outlook PST Password Recovery tool in such a condition.

Step 1

Open your MS Outlook application. Click on the File Tab. Click Account Settings and then click Account Settings again.Open Account Settings

Step 2

In the newly opened dialogue box Account Settings, click the Data Files tab. Select your Outlook PST file and click Settings.
Select Outlook PST file

Step 3

A dialogue box named Outlook Data File is opened. Click Change Password.
change password

Note: The option Change Password will not appear in case of an Offline Storage Table or OST file used by servers or applications like Microsoft 365, Exchange Server, etc.

Step 4

You can create a new password for the PST file in the Change Password dialogue box. Click OK.
create a new password
Hence, your PST file is now protected with the password chosen by you. It will ask for the password, whenever you try to access your PST file. So it is convenient if you note your password for future use.
password changed

What happens when you forget PST passwords?

Many Outlook users forget PST file password. When they try to access the file with a wrong password, a notification displays like this – The password you have typed is incorrect. Retype the password.
Retype the password.
To access the emails in this PST file, you will have to unlock the password protection.

Use Outlook Password Recovery tool to change the PST passwords

When you forget your PST passwords, the best option is to use a password recovery tool. While, talking about Outlook password recovery tool, the most popular name is Kernel Outlook Password Recovery tool. It is an easy-to-use tool that recovers forgotten Outlook passwords within a click. Also, you have the option to change the password.

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Some prominent features of the tool are:

  • Free tool. No need to purchase it to recover password of PST files upto 500 MB size.
  • Simple user interface for the convenience of non-technical users.
  • Instant password recovery without any data loss.
  • Recovers multilingual passwords too.
  • Provides a different working password for highly encrypted files.

To understand how Kernel Outlook Password Recovery tool works, go through the following steps.

  1. Launch Kernel for Outlook Password Recovery tool. Click Add files and select the PST file for which password is to be changed. Click Set New Password. It will open a dialogue box asking to set a new password for the PST file.
  2. Outlook PST password recovery

  3. Set a new password for your PST files.
  4. Set a new password

If you know the old password, you can change PST file password using Outlook. But if you have forgotten the old password, just try Kernel Outlook Password Recovery tool. It is a simple solution for Outlook password resetting.

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In this blog, users get the manual process of changing Outlook PST password, which is possible only if the old password is known. For the situation where the password is lost or forgotten, the use of an efficient and powerful PST Password Recovery tool is explained.