Forgot your Apple ID password or status? Don’t fret because thanks to Apple’s two-factor authentication, you can renew or reset it with moments. With two-factor authentication, your account can only be accessed on devices you trust, like your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Mac.
When you want to sign in to a new device for the first time, you’ll need to provide two pieces of information—your password and the six-digit verification code that’s automatically displayed on your trusted devices. By entering the code, you’re verifying that you trust the new device. For example, if you have an iPhone and are signing into your account for the first time on a newly purchased Mac, you’ll be prompted to enter your password and the verification code that’s automatically displayed on your iPhone.
How to keep your Apple ID secure
To keep your Apple account as secure as possible and help ensure you never lose access, there are a few simple guidelines you should follow:
- Remember your Apple ID and password.
- Use a device passcode on all your devices.
- Keep your trusted phone number(s) up to date.
- Keep your trusted devices physically secure.
Another way to ensure the security of your Apple ID is by setting up the two-factor authentication. Here’s how to do so:
- Turn on two-factor authentication in Settings – If you’re using iOS 10.3 or later:
> Go to Settings > [your name] > Password & Security.
> Tap Turn On Two-Factor Authentication.
> Tap Continue.
- Enter and verify your trusted phone number – Enter the phone number where you want to receive verification codes when you sign in. You can choose to receive the codes by text message or automated phone call. When you tap Next, Apple sends a verification code to the phone number you provided. Enter the verification code to verify your phone number and turn on two-factor authentication.