If you have an iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Apple Watch, this means that you definitely have an Apple ID. In fact, if you want to get the most out of Apple services, having an Apple ID is essential. Nowadays, almost all our apps and devices are tied to an account and chances are that you find it difficult to keep track of them and manage your passwords. Using the same password for all your accounts is not a wise thing to do. Choosing different passwords increases the chance of forgetting them. So, have you forgotten your Apple ID password? If yes, you can always reset Apple ID password on your iPhone, on your Mac or online. Here’s how to do that.
Methods to reset Apple ID password
If you have forgot your Apple password, there is no need to panic as Apple has provided you with methods to recover a forgotten password. Either you want to recover a forgotten password or you want to change your Apple ID password for security reasons, the steps to do so are pretty straightforward. There is nothing you can do to find out your current Apple ID password, but the methods outlined here all reset the password completely. You can choose any of the methods described below that works for you.
Reset Apple ID password online
One of the easiest ways to change your Apple ID password is to use the Apple ID account page. Here are the steps you will need to take.
- Open the Apple ID account page on your web browser.
- Click on the “Forgot Apple ID or password?” option.
- On the next page, type down the email associated with your account and click on Continue.
- Select “I need to reset my password”.
- now you need to choose a method to reset your password. Choosing password reset through email or answering security questions depends on your preference.
- If you have chosen the email method, head to your inbox for the password recovery link and if you have chosen the security questions method, you will be able to define your new password after answering the questions.
Reset Apple ID password on Mac
Aside from your web browser, you can as well use your Mac device to change your Apple ID password. Here are the steps you will need to take on your Mac to change your Apple ID.
- Open the Apple menu from the top left corner of the screen.
- Choose System Preferences from the drop-down menu.
- Click on iCloud from the system preferences menu.
- Click on Account Details from the left side of the screen.
- Select the Security tab from the top of the window.
- Click Change Password which is a grey button near the top of the window.
- A pop up window will appear in which you need to enter your new password and re-enter your new password in the Verify box.
- Click the blue Change button and you are done.
Reset Apple ID password on iPhone
If you do not have access to a computer, you can always change your Apple ID password on your iPhone. Here are the steps you should take if you’d like to change your Apple ID password on your iPhone.
- Open Settings app on your iPhone.
- Tap your Apple ID which is placed right on top of the screen.
- Choose Password & Security.
- Click on Change Password on top of the screen.
- When prompted, enter your iPhone passcode.
- On the next window, enter the new password twice.
- Tap on Change from the top right corner of the screen.
- Choose whether you want to sing out other device or not.
What to do if you forget the answers to your Apple ID security questions?
If you forget your Apple ID password, answering your Apple ID security questions is an easy way to reset Apple ID password. However, what if if you forget the answer to your security questions? The process to change your security questions is very simple.
In order to do so, go to iforgot.apple.com and enter your Apple ID. Click on “I need to reset my security questions” and click Continue. Select new security questions and answers and click on Continue.
Change Apple ID password with two-step verification
Apple ID two-step verification is a way to add an extra layer of security to your Apple ID.
If you use two-step verification and you have forgot your Apple ID password, you’ll need at least two of the following to sign in:
- Your Apple ID password
- Access to one of your trusted devices
- Your Recovery Key
If you lost your trusted device,
- Go to your Apple ID account page and enter your Apple ID and password.
- Select “Can’t access your trusted devices?” on the Verify Your Identity screen.
- In the pop-up window, enter your Recovery Key.
- Go to the Security section and click Edit.
If you lost your recovery key,
- Go to your Apple ID account page.
- Sign in with your password and trusted device.
- In the Security section, click Edit > Replace Lost Key.