With Apple ID responsible for iCloud, two-step verification, email preferences and basically all Apple Internet services, forgetting your password can be disastrous. Luckily, there are steps you can take to reset your Apple ID password, all of which are pretty straightforward.
Step 1: To start, go to appleid.apple.com and click Forgot Apple ID or password in the center of the page.
Step 2: You’ll be taken to a new page where you’ll have to enter your Apple ID or the email address associated with the account. Click Continue, then select I need to reset my password.
Step 3: You’ll now be able to choose how you want to reset your password, whether it be through email or by answering a set of security questions. Which option you choose is really based on your personal preference.
Step 4: Choose how to reset your password
- Choosing the email method prompts Apple to send instructions to the primary email address you used to begin this process, or a rescue email if you decided to make one.
- Going with the security questions requires you to confirm your birthday and answer the aforementioned questions before you’re able to create a new password.
If you set up and enabled two-factor authentication — which is different from two-step verification — resetting your password will be even easier, as you’ll be able to reset your password directly from your trusted iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or from the Apple ID account page. If you’re unsure if you have any trusted devices, don’t be; when you set up two-factor authentication, you created trusted devices. All iOS devices will also need to have a passcode enabled.
Using your iOS device
Step 1: Go to Settings > [your name] > Password & Security.
Step 2: Tap Change Password.
Step 3: You will be asked to enter your passcode, and then you can enter your new password.
Using the Apple ID account page
Step 1: Go to iforgot.apple.com and enter the trusted phone number you submitted when you set up two-factor authentication.
Step 2: Choose Continue to send a notification to your trusted iPhone, iPad, or iPod.
Step 3: When you receive the notification on your iOS device, tap Allow.
Step 4: Follow the provided steps, enter your passcode, and reset your password.