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Forgot Your Apple ID Password? Here is How to Reset Apple ID and Apple Password
Forgetting your Apple ID or password sucks, right! You are locked out of App Store, iCloud and iTunes, literally all of Apple. It becomes impossible to view your files on iCloud or to download anything from App store or iTunes if you forgot Apple ID password. Well luckily, you are not the first person to forget Apple ID or forgot iPhone password. You can rest it easy because we have prepared this guide just for you.
In this guide, we will uncover all the safeguards that Apple has put in place to help you recover your Apple account. We will walk you through 5 methods of how you can reset your password or recover your Apple ID from any web browser or iOS device.
- Part 1: A Preliminary Check
- Part 2: Recover or Reset Forgotten Apple ID or Password on iPhone/iPad
- Part 3: Recover/Reset Apple Password via Email or Security Questions
- Part 4: Forgot Apple ID? How to Reset Apple ID
- Part 5: Using Apple’s Two-step Verification (Forgot Apple Password)
- Part 6: Using Apple’s Two-Factor Authentication (Forgot Apple ID Password)
- Part 7: Recover lost data (Forgot Apple ID or Apple Password)
Before doing anything else, it may just happen that you have not forgotten Apple ID password but you are just making a small mistake when signing in to your account. Here is a quick checklist you should review before subjecting yourself to a meaningless hassle:
- Turn off your Caps Lock as you type in your password. Unless you have uppercase letters in your password of course.
- If you have more than one email address, you could sometimes get them mixed up so review the email you are using to sign in. You could also have made a spelling mistake in your email address.
- Lastly, your sign in attempts may be fruitless because your account has been disabled for security reasons. In this case you should receive a notification asking you to reset your password so go over your emails.
If none of the above solutions work, you can safely conclude that you forgot Apple ID password but not to worry, we’ve has got you covered. Also, before we proceed with any solutions, it's better to backup iPhone without passcode, to invoid any data loss during the process.
The following is the first method you should try out to log back into your Apple account. This is because even though it isn’t a guaranteed method, it is the simplest method by which to recover forgotten Apple ID.
- In your iOS device, go to Settings, then scroll down to "iCloud."
- Tap on the email address which is at the top of the iCloud screen.
- Tap on "Forgot Apple ID or Password?" Now you have one of two options:
- • If you forgot the Password, type your Apple ID, and click "Next."
- • If you forgot the Apple ID, then click on "Forgot your Apple ID?" You’ll have to enter your full name and details, and then you’ll receive your Apple ID.
However, this process will only work if you know either your Apple ID, or your Password, and the answers to your security questions. If not, then you can follow the next methods.
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This method only works if you have a verified recovery email for your Apple account or a set of security questions that you set up. The recovery instructions can be sent to your recovery email or you can answer the security questions on the Apple website. Here is a step-by-step guide:
- Go to iforgot.apple.com on your web browser.
- You should see an option for "Enter your Apple ID". Click on it and type in your Apple ID to embark on the road to recovery. If for some reason you forgot Apple ID as well, it’s not over yet! Go to the Part 4 for a recovery solution.
- Tap on "my password"
- Click the "Next" button.
- You should now see two options. Click on "Get an email" to receive the account reset instructions on your recovery email. If you have security questions that you had set up, click on "Answer Security Questions" to recover your account right there on the website.
Note: Having a recovery email for your Apple account is probably the easiest method for future recovery. If you however prefer security questions, avoid obvious questions and instead use questions that only you can get.
Like your password, Apple can help you recover your Apple ID or username as well. Just follow this concise guide:
- Open any web browser and go to the following URL: iforgot.apple.com.
- Click the "Forgot Apple ID" option.
- You will be prompted to enter your First Name, Last Name and your Email Address.
- You also have the option of entering up to 3 email addresses that you have used in the past.
- Click the "Next" button after which you will be presented with two other options. Click "Reset By Email" to receive the account reset instructions on your recovery email. Alternatively, click on "Answer Security Questions" to recover your Apple account right there on the website.
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Two-step authentication is an old Apple security feature and it still happens to be up and running. If you had set it up for your account, you can use it if you forgot Apple ID password. Here’s how it works:
- Go to the URL iforgot.apple.com.
- Click the "Enter your Apple ID" option and type in your Apple ID to launch the recovery process.
- You should be prompted to enter your recovery key. Type it in and click "Continue".
- You should then choose a trusted recovery device that is currently available to you and click "Next".
- Apple should send a verification code to the device you selected. Enter this code as requested on the website and click "Next".
- After the verification is complete, you can now set up a new password and hopefully you’ll remember it this time.
Note: Be wary of using recovery keys! Though they are a very secure and effective method of password recovery, you could easily get permanently locked out of your Apple account. When using a recovery key, you initially need:
- An Apple ID password.
- A trusted device that you can easily access.
- The actual Recovery Key.
Now if you happen to lose any two of the above at the same time, there is no way of recovering your account and you simply have to create a new one.
This is a new account recovery option that is built into iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. If you have enabled it for your account, you can change or reset Apple password from iforgot.apple.com or from any trusted iPad, iPhone or iPod touch if you forgot Apple ID password. The trusted device however only works if it has a passcode enabled.
How to reset Apple password on Your own iPhone
- Open iforgot.apple.com on any web browser and enter your Apple ID.
- You can now choose to "Reset from another device" or you can "Use trusted phone number". Choose either option then click "Continue".
- You should now wait for a prompt requesting access to the trusted device or phone number. Click "Allow". You can now reset your password.
Recover/reset Apple password on a trusted Apple iOS device
- On the device open Settings > iCloud.
- Select your name then select "Password & Security".
- Select "Change Password" and enter your new password. Voila! You’re now reunited with your account.
If you can’t access the trusted device, you can recover your password on any other iOS device:
Recover/reset Apple password on any other iOS device
- Open Settings > iCloud.
- Select Forgot Apple ID and Password.
- Follow the given steps to recover your account.
Now if none of these methods work and you’re completely locked out, and completely frustrated, then you should contact Apple and seek their help to regain access to your account.
If you can’t log into your Apple account even after all this hassle, and if you’re permanently locked out of your iCloud and Apple accounts, then you can try to recover iCloud password, but your biggest concern should be to save and recover as much data as possible.
Because the iCloud and Apple passwords are the same, you would also lose all the data that you’ve kept in your iCloud. However, you can retrieve it all using a third party software called dr.fone - Recover (iOS).
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With this guide, we now hope that you have been reunited with your estranged Apple account. To save yourself this hassle in future, create a password that is close to your heart and that pops up in your head every time you see a password field.
If you get permanently locked out of your Apple or iCloud accounts, you could also use the dr.fone solution we mentioned to recover whatever data you can.
Do leave a comment and let us know what you think about our solutions. Have they been able to help you? Do you know of other solutions to the problem of losing your Apple ID and Password? If so, we’d love to hear from you!
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