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Resetting Your Apple ID Password: Step-by-Step Guide

Posted: November 8, 2023

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Resetting Apple ID password using iPhone or iPad

Resetting your Apple ID password on your iPhone or iPad can be done in a few quick and easy steps. Here's how:

Step 1: Open Settings

To begin, open the Settings App on your device. It can be found on the Home screen of your device.

Step 2: Tap on your name

Within Settings, look for your name at the top of the screen and tap on it.

Step 3: Navigate to Password & Security > Change Password

Next, tap on 'Sign-In & Security,' followed by 'Change Password.' This will lead you to the area where you can create a new password.

Step 4: Input device passcode

Due to potential security issues, the system will ask you to enter your current device passcode before changing your password. If you have forgotten your password, the option to reset it is available.

Step 5: Follow Apple's instructions

Apple will guide you with onscreen instructions to help you safely reset your password.

Resetting Apple ID password using Mac

Resetting your Apple ID password on your Mac is just as straightforward as it is on an iPhone or iPad. Here's how:

Step 1: Open System Preferences

Go to the Apple menu at the top left corner of your Mac screen and select 'System Preferences.'

Step 2: Select Apple ID > Password & Security

Select Apple ID, then click on 'Password & Security.' 

Step 3: Navigate to Forgot Apple ID or Password and then Change Password

Next, click on the option stating 'Forgot Apple ID or password?', followed by 'Change Password.' This will initiate the password reset process.

Step 4: Input Mac password

You will need to the password used to unlock your Mac. This is a security measure protects your Apple ID.

Step 5: Follow Apple's instructions

Just follow the onscreen instructions provided by Apple to change your password. Once the password reset is completed, the changes will take effect once you restore your Mac.

Using Other Options to Reset Apple ID Password

If you can't access your device or forgot your Apple ID, there are other methods to reset your Apple ID password. Here are a few alternative options you can try:

Use a Trusted Phone Number or Email

Even without an Apple device, you can still reset your password by accessing your trusted phone number or email address. Here's how:

First, borrow an Apple device from someone else; it could be a friend, a family member, or maybe one at an Apple Store. Then, go to the App Store and download the Apple Support app. Once downloaded, open the app and scroll down to 'Support Tools.' From there, select 'Reset Password.' Select "A different Apple ID," then enter your Apple ID. If you do not remember your Apple ID, you can use your trusted phone number or email address. Tap the 'Next' button and follow the instructions to reset your password. Note that any information you enter will not be saved on the borrowed device.

Utilize Recovery Key

If you have activated two-factor authentication, you also have the option to utilize your Recovery Key. A Recovery Key is a unique code that Apple provides when you activate two-factor authentication. The Recovery Key serves as a means to restore access to your account in case you lose access to your devices or forget your password. This is a last resort option and should only be used if other methods fail because using it requires exactly entering the 28-character Recovery Key.

Resetting Apple ID Password Using Apple Support App

If you can't reset your password through the usual methods, utilizing the Apple Support app could be your solution. Here are steps you can take to reset your Apple ID password using the Apple Support app:

Step 1: Open the App and Tap Get Support

Start by downloading the Apple Support app from the App Store onto an Apple device (it could be your device or borrowed from someone). Open the app, and tap on 'Get Support' located at the bottom.

Step 2: Select Apple ID and Tap on Forgot Apple ID Password

Scroll down the list of options under the 'Get Support' tab and select 'Apple ID.' This will lead you to another set of options where you should tap on 'Forgot Apple ID password.'

Step 3: Click Get Started, Then Select A Different Apple ID

To initiate the password resetting process, click on 'Get Started.' Then, you have an option to select 'A different Apple ID' in case you want to reset the password for a different account.

Step 4: Input your Apple ID Email and Follow the Onscreen Instructions

Input your Apple ID email address. If you cannot recall your Apple ID, your registered email or phone number might work. Follow the instructions to complete the password resetting process.

Recommendation for Creating an Apple ID Recovery Key for Better Security

For better security and peace of mind in the future, consider creating an Apple ID recovery key if you have two-factor authentication activated. This recovery key can be a last resort if you get locked out of your account and can't use the other verification methods.