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How to Turn Off Two-Factor Authentication for Apple ID

author Emily Watson
date Friday, June 30, 2017

Privacy security counts so much for both Apple and users. That's why it's a respect that Apple keeps on enhancing all the time. With iOS 9 comes Two-Factor Authentication, which ensures that you're the only person who can access your account, even if someone knows your password. It occurs when:

  • Sign in to your Apple ID account page
  • Sign in to iCloud on a new device or at
  • Sign in to iMessage or FaceTime
  • Make an iTunes, iBooks, or App Store purchase from a new device
  • Get Apple ID-related support from Apple

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However, somehow it happens that you cannot access your own iCloud, for instance, trying to recover data from iCloud (opens new window). In such cases, you might have to turn off Two-Factor Authentication for a while. Please learn your way around from the followings.

Differences: Two-Factor Authentication and Two-Step Verification

Two-Step Verification comes out much earlier than Two-Factor Authentication. To be specific, Two-Factor Authentication was introduced in 2015 and available on devices running iOS 9 and later.

Two-Step Verification is replaced by Two-Factor Authentication. As an improved and advanced security feature, Two-Factor Authentication gradually takes the place of Two-Step Verification.

Two Factor Authentication

What to Remember When You Use Two-Factor Authentication?

Two-Factor Authentication provides an extra layer for privacy security. However, after being enabled, Two-Factor Authentication requires you to offer a six-digitcode received on a trusted iOS device. To avoid being locked out of this feature, you should keep these things in mind.

  • Remember your Apple ID and Password by heart.
  • Use a device passcode on all your devices.
  • Keep your trusted phone number(s) up to date.
  • Keep your trusted devices physically secure.
  • Keep answers to security questions in mind.

Keep These in Mind

How to Turn Off Two-Factor Authentication for Apple ID?

As I've stated above, Two-Step Verification is replaced with Two-Factor Authentication. Therefore, the process to turn on/off both features is indeed same. If you'd like to disable Two-Factor Authentication, please read on.

Step 1. Open the Apple ID site on the web.

Step 2. Log in with your Apple ID.

Log in Apple ID

Step 3. On the trusted device, you'll be informed, please tap on "Allow".

Step 4. Type in the 6-digit code you received on the trusted device.

Step 5. Scroll down to "Security" section and click "Edit" option on the right.

Edit Security Section

Step 6. Select "Turn Off Two-Factor Authentication" and confirm again.

Step 7. You have to answer security questions to identify yourself. When done, click "Continue" to go on.

Turn off Two-Factor Authentication

Step 8. After confirming your birthday information and recovery mail, the feature will be turned off.

Answer Security Question

Now, Two-Factor Authentication is off and you can access your Apple ID freely. However, to be safe, I'd recommend you to protect your Apple ID with Two-Factor Authentication.