The sections below deal with recovering from a situation where you are not able to sign in, or need to recover your data.
If you are still logged in to the web interface with your user, then you are in luck. Add a new user as an administrator and give the new user a password you can remember. Then log out, and log in with this new user. You may then delete the old user account. But this way, your configuration will remain, and you don’t have to do a new onboarding process.
If you’ve forgotten your user, then deleting the files mentioned above will be necessary to start a new onboarding process.
If you know the user, but not the password and you can access the Home Assistant console and use the command below:
Connect a keyboard and monitor to your device.
auth reset --username existing_user --password new_password
While you should hopefully be storing your passwords in a password manager, if you lose the password associated with the owner account the only way to resolve this is to delete all the authentication data. You do this by shutting down Home Assistant and deleting the following files from the
.storage/ folder in your configuration folder:
Unless your SD card/data is corrupted, you can still get to your files or troubleshoot further. There are a few routes:
- Connect a USB keyboard and HDMI monitor directly to the Raspberry Pi.
- Remove the SD and access the files from another machine (preferably one running Linux).
If you’re using a Raspberry Pi, you’re likely going to have to pull the power in order to get your monitor recognized at boot. Pulling power has a risk of corrupting the SD, but you may not have another option. Most standard USB keyboards should be recognized easily.
Once you’re connected, you’ll see a running dmesg log. Hit the enter key to interrupt the log. Sign in as “root”. There is no password.
You will then be at the Home Assistant CLI, where you can run the custom commands. These are the same as you would run using the SSH add-on but without using
ha in front of it. For example:
core logsfor Home Assistant Core log
supervisor logsfor supervisor logs
host rebootto reboot the host
dns logsfor checking DNS
- etc (typing
helpwill show more)
The files are on an EXT4 partition (
hassos-data) and the path is
These are easily accessed using another Linux machine with EXT support.
For Windows or macOS you will need third party software. Below are some options.