Account management

Recover accounts for family or team members

You can restore access for a family or team member if they can’t sign in or unlock 1Password.


If you’re a family or team member and you’ve just completed recovery for your account, learn how to sign back in to 1Password on your devices.

When you recover an account for someone:

  • They’ll receive a new Secret Key and create a new 1Password account password.

    If your team uses Unlock with SSO, they'll be able to set up their trusted devices again.

  • They’ll be able to access all the data they had before.
  • They’ll need to sign in again on all their devices once recovery is complete.
  • Their two-factor authentication will be reset.

You can recover accounts for other people if:

You can’t recover your own account, so make sure at least two family or team members can recover accounts. That way, if you can’t sign in, someone will be able to help you. Learn how to add a family organizer or implement a recovery plan for your team.

Begin recovery

You can recover an account for someone at any time. Just keep in mind that after they create a new account password, they won’t be able to access their account until you complete the recovery.

To begin recovery:

  1. Sign in to your account on
  2. Click People in the sidebar.
  3. Click the name of a person, then click Begin Recovery below the person’s name.

The person whose account you’re recovering will get an email from 1Password. When they click Recover my account in the email, a page will open in their browser and they’ll be asked to confirm their email address. Then they’ll get a new Secret Key and create a new account password.

If your team uses Unlock with SSO, they'll be prompted to set up their trusted devices again.

Complete recovery

After your family or team member has created their new account password, you’ll be notified by email that a recovery is awaiting completion. Click Complete account recovery in the email. A page will open in your browser with the person’s details. Click Complete Recovery.

Your family or team member will need to save a new Emergency Kit, then sign back in to the 1Password apps.

If you turned off Emergency Kits for your team or you use Unlock with SSO, your team members won't need to save one after you complete recovery.

Complete multiple recoveries

You’ll see notifications for any pending recoveries when you sign in to To complete all the recoveries at the same time:

  1. Click People in the sidebar.
  2. Click the filter to the right of the search field and choose Recovery Pending.
  3. Select the checkboxes next to the accounts you want to recover.
  4. Click Actions and choose Complete Recovery.
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