Change the Enable Password on a Cisco Router

The enable password is similar to the superuser or Administrator password and protects your Cisco router. Only after authenticating with this password can you make changes to your device.

To change or set the enable password to PaSsWoRd, use the following command:

config t
enable secret PaSsWoRd

The enable password PaSsWoRd command will also set the enable password, but will leave the password in plain text and visible in the router configuration. This is not affected by the service password-encryption setting.


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  • Anonymous

    how to change cisco router password?????????????

    • Gabrielle

      how to change password?

      • surendra

        Reboot router > press pause & Break Keys >type confreg 0x2142 > cofy startup to runnig change login password.

  • James

    how we know the encryting password?

  • jaybalaji

    how to change a password in telnet

  • jaybalaji

    how to change the password through telnet

  • Neeraj

    how can we change cisco router enable password

    • mansour

      line con 0
      username (my username) password (my password)
      login local
      do wr

  • Dixon Devkota

    can i set my own password in cisco router? if yes then what is the procedure?

  • MKS Rahman

    Go to config mode
    ROUTER1#config t
    type the password which u want to change (new password) along with
    comand “enable secret {new password}”
    ROUTER1(config)#enable secret cisco
    That’s it u have changed ur password and u can login with new password