Have you ever tried to reset your WordPress password and received an error message saying “Your password reset key appears to be invalid. Please try again.”? This error can be frustrating and leave you locked out of your own website. Fortunately, there are a few ways to fix this issue.
Before we dive into the solutions, let’s first understand why this error occurs. When you request a password reset, WordPress generates a unique password reset key and sends it to your email address.
This key is only valid for a short period of time and can only be used once. If you try to use an expired or invalid key, you’ll receive the “Your password reset key appears to be invalid. Please try again.” error.
Now that we know the cause of the error, let’s look at some solutions.
Solution 1: Check your spam folder
The first thing you should do is check your spam folder. Sometimes, email providers mark WordPress emails as spam, which can cause you to miss the password reset key email. If the email is in your spam folder, mark it as “not spam” so that future WordPress emails are delivered to your inbox.
Solution 2: Disable your email plugin
If you’re using an email plugin, try disabling it temporarily to see if that fixes the issue. Some email plugins can conflict with WordPress and cause the password reset key error. If disabling the plugin works, you may need to find an alternative email plugin or contact the plugin developer for assistance.
Solution 3: Manually reset your password
If the above solutions don’t work, you can try manually resetting your password. To do this, you’ll need access to your website’s database. Follow these steps:
Log in to your hosting account and navigate to phpMyAdmin.
Find your WordPress database and click on it.
Locate the wp_users table and click on it.
Find the row with your username and click “Edit.”
In the user_pass field, delete the current hash and enter a new password.
Under the Function column, select “MD5.”
Click “Go” to save your changes.
Now, try logging in with your new password. If you’re able to log in successfully, the password reset key error should be resolved.
Solution 4: Contact your hosting provider
If none of the above solutions work, it’s possible that there’s an issue with your hosting provider. Contact your hosting provider and explain the error message you’re receiving. They may be able to help you resolve the issue.
In conclusion, the “Your password reset key appears to be invalid. Please try again.” error in WordPress can be frustrating, but there are several solutions you can try.
Check your spam folder, disable your email plugin, manually reset your password, or contact your hosting provider for assistance. With a little bit of troubleshooting, you should be able to regain access to your WordPress website.