Forgot your Apple ID password? Here’s how you can reset it

Thu Mar 26 2020 - 5 min read

You must have an Apple ID to be able to use Apple’s services. But once you create an account and log in — that’s it. You don’t need to enter your credentials every time you visit the App Store or turn your laptop on. Therefore, it’s understandable that many soon forget their Apple ID password.

It happens to the best of us. Luckily, it’s not difficult to reset and change it. Read on to find out how to reset or change your Apple ID password on different devices.

How to reset an Apple ID password

Resetting your password is not complicated if you know your Apple ID. However, if you forgot what it is, you can go to Apple’s website and look it up.

When you enter a new password, keep in mind that Apple requires it to be at least eight characters long and include a number and an upper- and lower-case letter. But if you want to have an uncrackable password, try our password generator.

How to reset your Apple ID password on iOS

  1. Go to Settings and tap on your name

  2. Select Password & Security

  3. Tap Change Password

  4. Enter your device’s passcode and the new password.

How to reset your Apple ID password on macOS

  1. Click on Apple’s logo at the top left of your screen

  2. Select System Preferences and click on Apple ID

  3. On the left, select Password & Security

  4. In the next window and select Change Password

  5. You will need to enter your device’s password

  6. You will be able to enter your new password in the next window. Then, select Change and Done.

How to reset your Apple ID password online

  1. Go to appleid.apple.com

  2. Click on Forgot Apple ID or password? A new tab will open

  3. Enter your Apple ID and click Continue

  4. You will receive a prompt to change your password on one of your Apple devices.

If you don’t have the device with you, you will have to either answer security options, confirm your identity via email, or do it by using your phone number. In case you are unable to do that, you will be asked to enter the 2FA recovery key to reset your password. You can create a new password only after you’ve confirmed your identity.

Monica Webster
Monica Webster
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Monica is the spirit of our content team. Her bubbliness and creativity sparkle her articles. She loves to investigate various security related problems and bring useful tips to readers. When she is not writing about technology, she explores art.
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