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Forgot Your Apple ID Password? How to Reset the Password?

Updated on Wednesday, May 11, 2022

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What to Do If You Forgot Your Apple ID Password

Summary: If you forget the Apple ID password, you can read this tutorial to reset Apple ID password and regain access to your Apple account.

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You may have registered various accounts and set multiple passwords. And you struggled to recall the password of your Apple ID but ended up with failure. Terribly, without the password to sign in to your Apple account, you can not access all your Apple services, contacts, subscription, etc.

Such a scenario may bewilder you. You should firstly reset Apple ID password to regain access to your account information. Whether you are using the two-factor authentication or the two-step authentication, you can get the corresponding guide on Apple ID password reset below.

Table of Contents:

Reset Apple ID password with two-factor authentication enabled

Two-factor authentication, an extra layer of security for your Apple ID, is designed to ensure that you're the only person who can access your account. It requires both the Apple ID password and a six-digit code displayed on your trusted devices or sent to a trusted phone number to sign in to your account on a new device or browser.

Two-factor authentication replaces two-step authentication and is built directly into iOS 9 and later, OS X El Capitan and later, tvOS, watchOS 2 and later, and Apple's websites. Some Apple IDs created in iOS 10.3 or macOS 10.12.4 and later have two-factor authentication enabled by default. You can check it in System Preferences or Settings on your devices.

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If you have already signed in to your Apple ID

Generally, you have already signed in to Apple ID on your trusted devices or browsers, you can easily reset Apple ID within a few steps. Here is how to do it:

On your iPhone/iPad/iPod:

  1. Open Settings > tap [Your name] > Password & Security > Change Password.
  2. Type in the passcode you use to unlock the device.
  3. On the Change Password screen, enter a new password in both fields and tap Change.
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On your MacBook Air/Pro/iMac:

  1. Click on Apple logo > System Preferences > tap Apple ID on the profile.
  2. Choose Password & Security, then click Change Password.
  3. Enter a password for an administrator's account when asked.
  4. Fill in your new password twice in the dialogue box.

If you haven't signed in to your Apple ID

Perhaps, you have signed out of your Apple ID on your trusted devices. Then Apple needs to verify you are the owner of your account so that you can reset your Apple ID password. Here are detailed steps.

On your iPhone/iPad/iPod:

  1. Open Settings > click Sign in to your iPhone.
  2. Tap Don't have an Apple ID or forgot it?
  3. Choose Forgot Apple ID on the pop-up dialogue.
  4. Type your Apple ID and click Next.
  5. Enter your trusted phone number and click Next. Or choose Cannot access your Apple devices? Then enter the passcode of another trusted device when asked and click Next.
  6. Follow the onscreen steps to update your password.

On your MacBook Air/Pro/iMac:

  1. Open Apple menu > System Preferences > Apple ID > click Forgot Apple ID or password?
  2. Type your Apple ID and choose Continue.
  3. Enter your trusted phone number and click Continue.
  4. Check the notification on your other Apple devices and tap Allow or Show. Or choose Cannot use devices to send a verification code to your trusted phone number, enter the code on your Mac and the passcode used to unlock the Mac, then click Next to proceed.
  5. Follow the onscreen steps to update your password.

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On the iforgot.apple.com:

  1. Enter your Apple ID email address in the blank box and click Continue.
  2. Enter the phone number that you use with your Apple ID.
  3. Check the notification on your other Apple devices where you are signed in to iCloud and tap Allow or Show.
  4. Enter your device passcode or macOS admin password and click Continue.
  5. Enter your new password and verify it, then click Next or Change to confirm.

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If you have added Account Recovery Contact

Account Recovery Contact is a new feature introduces in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, or macOS Monterey. You can invite your families or friends as your account recovery contact so that you can reach out to them for help when you forget the Apple ID password or device passcode. Your recovery contacts can't access your data but can help you get it back by providing a verification code.

On your friend's or family's iPhone/iPad/iPod touch with iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 or later:

  1. Go to Settings, then tap your name.
  2. Tap Password & Security > Account Recovery.
  3. Tap the name, then tap Get Recovery Code.
  4. Enter it on your own device, then you'll be able to reset your password and regain access.

On your friend's or family's Mac with macOS Monterey or later:

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Apple ID.
  2. Under the name, click Password & Security.
  3. Next to Account Recovery, click Manage.
  4. In the Account Recovery For section, find your name, then click Details.
  5. Click Get Recovery Code.
  6. Enter it on your own device, then you'll be able to reset your password and regain access.

Other methods when you can't access any of your trusted devices

You can also reset the Apple ID password on a friend or family member's iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with the Apple Support app. If you can't download the Apple Support app on a device running iOS 9 through 12, you can use the Find My app. Make sure you can receive the validation code on your trusted phone number.

Use the Apple Support app:

  1. Open the Apple Support on the device.
  2. Click Get Supported at the bottom and choose Apple ID.
  3. Select Forget Apple ID Password and click Get Started.
  4. Choose A different Apple ID.
  5. Enter your Apple ID email and trusted phone number.
  6. Select Next and follow the prompts to receive confirmation of the password change.

Use Find My app:

  1. Open the Find My app on the Apple device.
  2. Erase the Apple ID field if it isn't empty. If you don't see a Sign In on the screen, choose Sign Out, then clear the Apple ID field.
  3. Tap Forgot Apple ID or Password.
  4. Enter the device's passcode.
  5. Enter your new password and enter it again to verify it.
  6. Select Next in the upper right-hand corner to confirm the change.
  7. Select Next and follow the prompts to receive confirmation of the password change.

Reset Apple ID password with two-step verification enabled

Two-step verification is an older security method. Just like two-factor authentication, it uses trusted devices, trusted phone numbers, a recovery key, and a four-digit code to keep your Apple account secure.

Two-step verification is available on devices running software older than iOS 9 or OS X El Capitan. When devices update to later software, their security settings automatically update to 2FA. You can no longer set up two-step verification for your Apple ID, but if you already use it, you can keep using it.

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Visit Apple's iForgot website:

  1. Enter your Apple ID and click Continue.
  2. Select the option to reset your password and hit Continue.
  3. Type in your recovery code and choose Continue.
  4. Choose a trusted device to receive the confirmation code.
  5. Enter the code on the webpage.
  6. Type the new password, then click Reset Password.

Final thoughts

Whether you have enabled the two-factor authentication or two-step verification, you can troubleshoot the forgot Apple ID password problem with the above methods. In rare cases, if you have turned on neither of these two security measures, you can still use security questions and the recovery key to reset your Apple ID password.

If you don't have enough information to reset your password, you can submit an account recovery request with iforgot.apple.com as a last resort. Apple will send you a text or automated phone call with instructions to regain access to your account.