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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10 Responses to “Change the Enable Password on a Cisco Router”

  1. October 29, 2009 at 4:15 am, Anonymous said:

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


    • April 02, 2011 at 3:33 am, Gabrielle said:

      how to change password?


      • May 02, 2012 at 12:47 pm, surendra said:

        Reboot router > press pause & Break Keys >type confreg 0×2142 > cofy startup to runnig change login password.


  2. December 10, 2009 at 4:01 am, James said:

    how we know the encryting password?


  3. May 24, 2010 at 7:08 am, jaybalaji said:

    how to change a password in telnet


  4. May 24, 2010 at 7:08 am, jaybalaji said:

    how to change the password through telnet


  5. August 02, 2010 at 1:55 am, Neeraj said:

    how can we change cisco router enable password


    • May 21, 2012 at 11:31 am, mansour said:

      line con 0
      username (my username) password (my password)
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  6. March 12, 2011 at 1:37 pm, Dixon Devkota said:

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


  7. November 23, 2011 at 10:07 pm, MKS Rahman said:

    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


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