Like most people, you have much factual information stored on your iPhone. That’s why it’s essential to ensure that your password is strong and secure. If someone could access your phone, they could easily steal your identity or personal information.
There are many different options to choose from in a two-factor authentication iPhone when securing your iPhone. You can use a simple four-digit passcode or go with something more complex like an alphanumeric password. If you’re looking for the ultimate security, you can even set up a biometric lock like Touch ID or Face ID.
If you enter the wrong passcode on your iPhone lock screen multiple times, you get an alert that your phone is disabled. Forgetting your password can feel like the world is coming to an end, making you worried with the tendency of almost going hysterical.
Your Apple ID grants you access to iCloud, your iOS device and more. Therefore, you could be out of your personal and professional space without it. There are several methods you can adopt to reset your Apple ID password.
Here, you will get to see ways in which you can change or reset your Apple ID password.
Using settings app
You can reset your Apple ID password using the settings app by doing the following:
- First, open the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Scroll down and tap on Touch ID & Passcode.
- Enter your current passcode when prompted.
- Then, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and tap on Change Passcode.
- Please enter your new passcode twice to confirm it.
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Forgot Apple ID password
Sometimes, you may forget your Apple ID password by mixing up words and numbers, preventing you from accessing your device and other Apple accounts. Rest assured that you can reset your password, and hence you will regain access to all your devices. You can use different gadgets like a MacBook, an iPad, an iPod touch or a third-party device to reset your password.
Using your MacBook to reset your Apple ID
You can reset your Apple ID using a MacBook by doing the following:
- Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click on Apple ID.
- Click on Password and Security. If prompted to enter your Apple ID password, click “Forgot Apple ID or Password” and follow the instructions.
- Click on change password, then enter your password to unlock your device.
- Use a reliable phone number, email, recovery key, or account recovery contact.
In some cases, you may be able to reset your password using a reliable phone number and a reliable email.
If you use a recovery key for account security, you can also use it to help reset your password on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
If you have set up an account recovery contact already, reach out to your account recovery contact to help reset your password on your device.
Use someone else’s device to reset your password
You can reset your Apple ID password on a friend or family member’s iPhone by using the Apple Support app or the Find My iPhone app. you can also pay a visit to an Apple Store and request to make use of a device on-site.
Use the Apple Support app
Ask your family member or friend to launch the App Store, then download the Apple Support app on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Open the Apple Support app and carry out the following:
- Select Passwords & Security
- Select Reset Apple ID password
- Select Get Started, then tap “A different Apple ID.”
- Fill in the Apple ID that you need to reset your password.
- Select next, then follow the steps seen on your screen until you get confirmation that your Apple ID password has changed.
Use the Find My iPhone app
If any friends or family member uses iOS 9 through 12 and cannot download the Apple Support app, then use the Find My iPhone app. Follow the steps below:
- Launch the Find My iPhone app.
- Ensure that the Apple ID field is empty when you see a Sign-in screen. If you see someone else’s name, erase it.
- Select Forgot Apple ID or Password, then follow the steps displayed on the screen.
- If you do not see a Sign In screen, tap Sign out. After signing out, ensure that the Apple ID field is empty. Then tap Forgot Apple ID or Password and follow the steps displayed on the screen.
If you are unable to change or reset your password and went through the previous steps and you still can’t reset your password, then try the steps below:
- Go to the URL iforgot.apple.com.
- Fill in your Apple ID.
- Choose the option to reset your password, then select Continue to proceed.
- Choose to answer your set security questions, receive an email, or enter your Recovery Key. Learn what you need to do if you do not get your verification or reset your email.
You can use a computer to put your iPhone in recovery mode if you cannot remember your passcode after trying several times. Recovery mode lets you wipe the iPhone clean, allowing you to set it up again.
After erasing your iPhone, you can restore data and settings from a backup. If you did not back up your iPhone, you can set it up as a new device and then download any data you have in iCloud.
Recovering your iPhone using iTunes Backup
If you usually back up your phone through iTunes, here are the necessary steps to restore it:
- Connect your iPhone to the computer you used to back up your device
- Open iTunes on your computer
- On iTunes, go to your device.
- Click the “Restore” button from the iTunes iPhone management screen.
- You will get a prompt to enter your iTunes account information. Ensure to use the account that you used to set up your iPhone. Then follow the instructions you see to register your iPhone.
- Select the backup you want to use to restore your phone. The most recent backup will be the only one available. If, however, there are several, then select the one you want to use.
- iTunes will have your settings restored after selecting the backup you wish to use.
- Check your settings to ensure everything is running the way you want it to be when the restore takes place.
Using the cloud if you forget your iPhone passcode
To erase your iPhone using the cloud with a backup, carry out the following:
- Log into the cloud using the account set up Find My iPhone.
- Click on “Find iPhone” from the selection tools available in iCloud.
- Click on the “Erase” button to delete all the data on the phone. You have to accept the warning that it will erase your data.
Set up your iPhone like it is a new phone. Restore your data and settings from your iCloud backup when the initial setup stages occur. Your phone should be back to its former state as long as you back it up periodically.
Using recovery mode to erase your iPhone
To erase your iPhone using recovery mode, follow the steps below:
- Turn off your iPhone
- Connect your iPhone to your computer
- Do a hard reset on your iPhone by holding down the sleep/wake button and the home button at the same time.
- Hold the buttons until you see the “Connect to iTunes” screen.
- Choose “restore” on your computer from the iTunes screen. It deletes all the data from your phone.
- At this point, you will need to set up your iPhone from the beginning unless you have a backup.
In conclusion, there are several ways to reset your password and your Apple ID on your device if someone gains access to it because you probably told them the password and hence need to have it changed. Sometimes, it could be that you forgot the password and multiple tries with the wrong password get you locked out of your device, which will result in you having to erase all the data from your device and restoring the said data from an existing backup.
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