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Your Apple ID is the center of your identity when it comes to managing Apple devices and services. Although this ID looks simple, its integration with the Apple ecosystem goes very deep.
Apple uses “iCloud account” on its support site, but an iCloud account is just a subset of an Apple ID account. You might hear both iCloud and Apple ID terms used interchangeably, but there is nothing wrong in mentioning either of them.
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So what happens when you forget your Apple ID password? Thankfully, there’s no need to panic. We’ll show you how to reset the Apple ID password associated with your Apple ID using several methods.
If You Have Two-Factor Authentication Enabled
With two-factor authentication (2FA), you can only access your account through devices you trust, and on the web. A trusted device could be an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 9 or later or a Mac with OS X El Capitan or later.
When you sign in to a new device for the first time, you’ll need your password and a six-digit verification code shown on your other devices or sent to your phone number. By entering the code, you confirm that you trust the new device.
You won’t need that verification code again unless you sign out, erase the device, or change your password. If you have 2FA enabled, you can reset your Apple ID or iCloud password from any trusted device.
1. How to Reset Your Apple ID Password on an iPhone or iPad
Before proceeding, ensure that your device has iOS 10 or later. Then open the Settings app. Tap [Your Name] > Password & Security, then Change password.
Next, type in the passcode you use to unlock your device.
On the Change Password screen that appears, enter a new password in both fields and tap Change. Now you can enter this new Apple ID password on all your other devices.
2. How to Reset Your Apple ID Password on a Mac
In macOS Catalina or later, open the Apple menu and go to System Preferences, then click Apple ID. In earlier versions of macOS, go to System Preferences > iCloud, click Account Details, and click Security.
Click Password & Security, then click Change Password. You may be prompted to enter a password for an administrator’s account and click OK.
From the dialog box that appears, enter your new password and type it again in the Verify field. Then click Change. Your other devices will ask you to enter the new password when you next use them.
3. How to Reset Your Apple ID Password on the iForgot Website
Go to Apple’s iForgot website. Enter your Apple ID and click Continue.
Apple displays phone numbers associated with the Apple ID (the numbers are hidden and only the last two digits are shown). Enter the phone number that you use with your Apple ID and click Continue.
As with a 2FA login, a dialog box appears on your trusted devices. A list of your Apple devices also appears on the website. Click or tap Allow in the Reset Password message.
Enter your device passcode or macOS admin password and click Continue. Enter a new password, re-enter it in the Verify field, and tap Next or click Change. Your password is now changed. You may need to re-enter it in a number of locations.
4. How to Reset Your Apple ID Password Using the Apple Support App
If you can’t access any of your devices, you can reset your Apple ID password on a friend or family member’s iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using the Apple Support app.
Ask the device owner to download the Apple Support app first. Under Topic, tap Passwords & Security. Tap Reset Apple ID password. Tap Get Started, then tap A different Apple ID.
Enter the Apple ID that you need to reset the password for, then tap Next and follow the steps on your screen until you receive the confirmation.
If the device uses iOS 9 to iOS 12 and you can’t download the Apple Support app, use the older Find My iPhone app instead.
If You Use Two-Step Verification
Before 2FA, Apple offered two-step verification. With this, Apple sends a short numeric code using the Find My iPhone system in iOS and via a text message to other devices. Macs couldn’t receive these codes.
The old system also relies on a 14-character recovery code. If your account became locked, and you lost the recovery code, you might never regain access to your account.
Two-step verification is available if your device is running software older than iOS 9 or OS X El Capitan. When devices update to later software, their security settings automatically update from two-step verification to 2FA.
5. How to Reset Your Apple ID Password With Two-Step Verification Enabled
To reset an Apple ID protected with two-step verification, you need to have the recovery key and a trusted device or phone number. Follow these steps:
- Go to Apple’s iForgot website.
- Enter your Apple ID email and click Continue.
- Select the option to reset your password and hit Continue again.
- Type in your recovery code and choose Continue.
- Select a trusted device.
- Enter the confirmation code.
- Select a new password, then click Reset Password.
As shown in Apple’s support document on resetting a two-step verification password, you need at least two of these three items to sign in successfully: your Apple ID password, a trusted device, and your recovery key.
If you’ve lost any two of these items, you might never get access to your account again. You’re unfortunately out of options, and thus have to create a new Apple ID.
How to Reset a Password-Only Apple ID Account
Forgot your Apple ID or iCloud password and don’t use two-step verification or 2FA on your account? You can still reset your password using Apple’s iForgot website.
6. Reset Your Apple ID Using the iForgot Website
Visit the iForgot website and enter your Apple ID username. Then follow the simple prompts to reset your password. Because you don’t have any of these additional security measures, you can reset your password via email or with security questions, if you still have those set up.
Once you reset your Apple ID password, you should seriously consider enabling additional security protection. There’s no reason to use only password protection when 2FA provides vastly superior security. Follow our guide on securing your Apple account with 2FA.
You might also want to consider enabling 2FA for other online services. And once you do, use one of these Mac apps to generate 2FA codes easily. You don’t need an authenticator app to generate codes for your Apple account; the code will appear on one of your trusted Apple devices.
Add Recovery Information for the Future
When you can’t sign in or reset your Apple ID password, your last hope is account recovery. Apple offers the following recovery methods:
When Apple shifted to a robust 2FA system, it dropped recovery key support for most users (except legacy two-step verification accounts upgraded to 2FA). However, it re-introduced recovery keys with the release of iOS 14. Follow our guide on how to set up recovery key on Apple devices.
To reset the password, you must have the recovery key and access to any one of your trusted devices. Once you set up the recovery key, you can unlock an Apple account that was locked due to suspicious activity (like too many failed login attempts).
With two-step verification, the recovery key was the only way to reset your password (the code is 14 characters long). But in 2FA, the recovery key is one method to reset it. Also, the recovery code is 28 characters long.
The main purpose of adding a recovery contact is to regain access to your Apple account with the help of a friend or family member, in case you get locked out. These contacts can receive a validation code and provide it to you.
In order to use a recovery contact, your devices and the must be running iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Big Sur, or later. Anyone selected as a recovery contact must have at least iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 as well.
Depending on the encryption used by a particular Apple service, you may only be able to unlock certain types of iCloud data. Services with end-to-end-encryption include iCloud keychain data, Health data, Messages, Apple Pay, and more. They also require any one of your trusted devices.
To add a recovery contact on iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > [Your Name] > Password & Security > Account Recovery > Add Recovery Contact. Read the disclosure and tap Add Recovery Contact.
Authenticate yourself via Touch ID or Face ID, and choose a family member (if you’re enrolled in a Family Sharing group) or select any other member. Then, send an invitation and let them know that you wanted them to add as a recovery contact.
Apple gives you a lot of methods to reset your Apple ID or iCloud password. The best method for you to use depends on how your account is set up. We highly recommend you use 2FA for your Apple ID.
Also, if you want your family to be able to access your iCloud data when you die, you need to set up legacy contacts. Apple introduced these with iOS 15 as a way to pass on your iCloud data when you die.
If you can't access any of your devices, you can reset your Apple ID password on a friend or family member's iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using the Apple Support app. Ask the device owner to download the Apple Support app first. Under Topic, tap Passwords & Security. Tap Reset Apple ID password.How do I reset my Apple ID password easily? ›
- Go to Settings.
- Tap your name > Password & Security > Change Password.
- Follow the onscreen instructions to reset your password.
If you can't access any of your devices, you can reset your Apple ID password on a friend or family member's iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using the Apple Support app. Ask the device owner to download the Apple Support app first. Under Topic, tap Passwords & Security. Tap Reset Apple ID password.Can I reset my Apple ID password via email? ›
- From the Reset Password screen at iforgot.apple.com/password/verify/appleid choose Get an email and press Continue.
- The email will arrive at the second email address associated with your account with the title 'How to reset your Apple ID password'.
- Click the 'Reset now' link in the email.
- Tap Settings > your name > Password & Security.
- Tap Change Password.
- Enter your current password or device passcode, then enter a new password and confirm the new password. Forgot your password?
- Tap Change or Change Password.
After you request account recovery, you get an email with a confirmation of your request and the date and time of when you can expect to regain access. This email arrives within 72 hours.Is your Apple ID password stored anywhere? ›
iCloud Keychain keeps your passwords, passkeys, and other secure information updated across your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. Set up iCloud Keychain. Get help if you don't see your saved passwords or passkeys in iCloud Keychain.Why can't I access my Apple ID? ›
Make sure that your iPhone, iPad, or PC has a strong Internet connection and that you've turned on cellular data on your iPhone or iPad by going to Settings > Cellular or Mobile Data. If this setting is off, you might not be able to access your Apple ID and iCloud when not connected to a Wi-Fi network.Who do I call if my Apple ID is hacked? ›
If hackers compromise your iCloud or Apple ID, you can contact Apple directly to report the fraud. Here are three ways to notify Apple: Send suspicious emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Call Apple at 800-275-2273 on a secure device.How to delete Apple ID? ›
- Go to Apple's Data and Privacy website. ...
- In the Delete your account section, click Request to delete your account. ...
- Select a reason to delete your account from the drop-down menu, then click Continue. ...
- Follow the on-screen prompts to continue with account deletion.
- Go to appleid.apple.com and sign in.
- In the Sign-In and Security section, choose Apple ID.
- Enter the email address that you want to use as your Apple ID.
- Choose Change Apple ID.
Sign in to appleid.apple.com. In the Sign-In and Security section, select Account Security. Under Security questions, select Change security questions. Choose your new security questions and their answers, then select Update.How many Apple password attempts? ›
If you enter the wrong passcode six times in a row, you'll be locked out of your device, and you'll receive a message that says iPhone is disabled. If you can't remember your passcode, you can erase your iPhone with a computer or with recovery mode, then set a new passcode.How many attempts for Apple ID? ›
If your Apple ID password is not working or you've forgotten it, never try to guess more than three times, or you could go to what we like to call “iJail.”How many failed attempts for Apple ID password? ›
An iPhone will disable for 1 minute after six failed passcode attempts in a row. The seventh incorrect passcode attempt will lock you out for 5 minutes, the eighth attempt for 15, and the tenth for an hour.How do I find my password? ›
- On your Android phone or tablet, open Chrome .
- At the top right, tap More Settings.
- Tap Password Manager under "Password Checkup," tap Check passwords.
Apple requires that you use a strong password for your Apple ID—eight or more characters, including upper and lowercase letters and at least one number. Never share your Apple ID password, verification codes, or account security details with anyone. Don't use your Apple ID password with other online accounts.What is my keychain password? ›
Your login keychain password is normally the same as your user password (the password you use to log in to the computer). At login, if your keychain password somehow differs from your user password, it doesn't automatically unlock, and you're asked to enter the keychain's password.How do I check if my Apple ID is being used by someone else? ›
Sign in to the Apple ID website (https://appleid.apple.com) and review all the personal and security information in your account to see if there is any information that someone else has added. If you have two-factor authentication turned on, review trusted devices for any devices that you don't recognize.How do I find my Apple ID? ›
Other ways to find your Apple ID
Go to iCloud.com or appleid.apple.com and see if your Apple ID prefills on the sign-in screen. If you're part of a Family Sharing group, you can ask a family member to check their Family Sharing settings for your Apple ID.
If you changed your Apple ID and didn't update it on your iOS device, you might see the "Incorrect Apple ID or Password" alert.Can a hacker change your Apple ID password? ›
One of the first things hackers do when they gain access to an account is change the password to lock out the original owner. At the first sign of hacking, try to log in to your account to see if you still have access.Will I get notified if someone logs into my Apple ID? ›
And if you use two factor authentication with your AppleID, they'd have to have access to one of your trusted devices as well. Also, if someone tries to sign into your account from a device not linked to your account, you will get a notification that an unknown device tried to login.Can someone break into your Apple ID? ›
If someone you don't know or don't trust can sign in with your Apple ID, your account is not secure. To help keep your Apple ID secure, you should also keep your device secure and protect your device with a passcode. If someone else has your trusted device and knows your passcode, they can reset your Apple ID passcode.Can I change my Apple ID without losing everything? ›
You can save all data on your iPhone first, then upload it to your new Apple ID. Step 1. On your iPhone, go to Settings > [your name] > Tap iCloud > Toggle off types of data you'd like to save to Apple ID B > Choose Keep on My iPhone option.How do I change my Apple ID email? ›
- Open Apple ID. Open Settings and tap your Apple ID at the top of the page, followed by Name, Phone Numbers, Email.
- Delete your old email address. Next to Contactable At, tap Edit, then the red minus icon, followed by Delete.
- Continue and Verify. ...
- Enter new email. ...
- Enter verification code.
Choose Apple menu > System Settings, then click Family. Click the name of the family member that you want to remove. Click Remove [your family member's name] from Family. Click Remove [your family member's name] to confirm.Can I have 2 iPhones with the same Apple ID? ›
The short answer is yes! You can use two iPhones with the same Apple ID. However, please read the entire article because there are so many things you should know if you are considering using 2 iPhones with the same Apple ID. In this guide, you will find everything related to using two iPhones with the same Apple ID.Can I have 2 Apple IDs on one phone? ›
Not many people are aware of this, but it is possible to sign in and use multiple Apple IDs on an iPhone or iPad. You can log in and set up multiple Apple IDs on an iOS device from the Settings app, and use them for different purposes like contacts, email, notes, bookmarks, etc.Why do I have 2 Apple IDs on my iPhone? ›
This ID has two-factor authentication enabled on it. The second Apple ID (the "store" ID) is used only for iTunes and the App Store. This is/was a common setup for families where each family member gets their own "main" Apple ID, but shares the "store" Apple ID.
Your Apple ID is the account you use to access iCloud and all other Apple services. When you sign in to a device with your Apple ID, you have access to all the photos, files, and other data you store in iCloud.How many attempts do I get for my Apple ID password? ›
An iPhone will disable for 1 minute after six failed passcode attempts in a row.Can you show me all my saved passwords? ›
Open Google Chrome, then click the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner. In the upper-left corner, select Autofill > Password Manager. Scroll through the list of passwords saved to your Google account.What comes after 15 minutes disabled? ›
Any time you enter the wrong iPhone passcode, it will be disabled. The first six wrong attempts will make the iPhone disabled for a minute. The seventh attempt will make it disabled for 5 minutes, the eighth attempt for 15 minutes. The tenth attempt will disable the iPhone for one hour.Will iPhone erase after 10 attempts? ›
After 9 attempts, the iPhone will be locked for 60 minutes. After 10 attempts, the device will be permanently locked. Before your iPhone is completely locked, you still have the chance to remove the screen time passcode without losing your data with the help of the iPhone unlock tool.Who can unlock my iPhone? ›
Only your carrier can unlock your iPhone. Contact them and request an unlock. After you submit the request, it might take a few days to complete. Contact your carrier to check the status of your request.