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Here’s how to reset your Apple ID password

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Every day there are dozens of passwords that you use to access your social networks, bank accounts, and emails, so if you forget any of them, it’s not to be scared and to assume that you have memory problems. But what if you forget your Apple devices?

When you do, there are a number of steps you can take to restore it, all of which are fairly simple. Just one thing: There’s never going to be a way for Apple to simply tell you what your password is, not even through email. Here’s how to reset your Apple ID password, a process many people don’t know about, but one that has many benefits.

Once you reset your Apple ID Password, you may want to learn how to protect your iPhone data.

Using the Apple site

Step 1: To begin, go to appleid.apple.com and click on the phrase: Forgotten your Apple ID or password? in the center of the page.

Step 2: You will be taken to a new page where you will be asked to enter your Apple ID or the email address associated with your account. Then, click Continue, then select I need to reset my password.

Step 3: You can now choose how you want to reset your password, either by email or by answering several security questions. The option you choose will actually be based on your personal preferences.

Step 4: When you choose your email method, Apple will send instructions to the primary email address you used to begin this process, or a rescue email if you chose one.

You will know that the email has been sent when you see the “Sent Email” page with a large green check mark. If you can’t find the email, be sure to check your Spam, Junk, and Trash folders, or repeat the steps above to have the email sent again. You will also need to confirm your birthday and answer the questions above in order to create a new password.

If you forgot the answers to the security questions

If you forget your password, answering certain security questions is the quickest way to re-enter your account to make changes. After all, only you or someone who knows you really well can know the answers to questions like “Who was your favorite teacher”, but what if you forgot the answers to those questions too? Memory is a weak thing, as several studies on “flash memories” show, and it’s quite possible that right now you remember – for sure – that your favorite band in high school was Green Day, even though two years ago you swore on your knees that it was The Offspring?

Step 1: In case you forget your security questions, changing them is a simple process. First, go to iforgot.apple.com and enter your Apple ID.

Step 2: Select I need to reset my security questions and click Continue.

Step 3: Enter your password, then click Continue. Choose three questions from the drop-down menus and provide answers that, hopefully, only you will know.

Using two-factor authentication

If you have set up and enabled two-factor authentication, resetting your password will be even easier since you can reset your password directly from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch from the Apple Account ID page. So, when you set up two-factor authentication, you created, perhaps without knowing, trusted devices. And that’s why all iOS devices will also need to have a passcode enabled.

Using your iOS device

Step 1: Go to Settings > [your name] > Password and Security.

Step 2: Select Change Password.

Step 3: You will be prompted to enter your password and you will need to enter your new password.

Using the Apple ID account page

Step 1: Go to iforgot.apple.com and enter the trusted phone number you sent 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, select Allow.

Step 4: Follow the steps provided, enter your passcode, and reset your passcode.

Note: If you no longer have access to a trusted device and cannot set up a new one, the process for changing your passcode becomes a little more complicated. It is possible to avoid two-factor authentication, but it is a hassle and may take several days before you can finally change your password.

Using account recovery

If you don’t have your trusted iOS device nearby, you can reset your password by requesting an Account Recovery. This is a good solution when your device has been lost or stolen and you want to have access to your account and at the same time deny access to anyone trying to copy it. However, this process may take a few days, depending on the amount of information you provided to prove your identity.

Step 1: When following the steps to reset your password on iForgot or iOS, you should see an option to Request Account Recovery.

Step 2: Enter a number that can be accessed when your account is ready, then enter the verification code sent to verify your information. After verification, you will receive a confirmation that your request has been received and you will be contacted when your account is ready.

Step 3: After some time, your account will be ready and you will be contacted via text message or phone call.

Step 4: Go to iforgot.apple.com, enter your Apple ID, and confirm the number you used in step two.

Step 5: You will be sent an account recovery code via text message or phone call, which you will enter in the field provided on iForgot.

Step 6: Click Continue to access a new page where you can create a new password, verify your trusted phone number, and log in.

When you have finally reset it, you should log in to your Apple account with your new password and also make sure to update your password in the Settings menu of all your devices. That way (and only that way) you never have to worry about being locked out of your own Apple account.

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