Forgot iCloud Password: How to Change/Reset iCloud Password on iPhone/iPad

By Lois Green, Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Forgotten password is a common problem and I'm sure that we've all once clicked the famous 'Forgot Password' link at some point in our life. This time, you forgot iCloud password and you don't know where to find the "Forgot Password" link as usual. If so, follow the these instructions to recover/reset your iCloud password.

What is iCloud Password?

Generally speaking, your Apple ID is the ID for your iCloud account. In this case, resetting iCloud password means resetting Apple ID password.

The iCloud password is used to log into iCloud on your Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod. Your iCloud password protects your personal files on iCloud, such as your family or personal photos, contacts, notes, documents and more. If you forgot iCloud password, you are unable to access these files. Also, your password protects your ability to locate or remotely erase your device using Find My iPhone.

In most cases, the Apple ID and password used on iCloud will be the same as that you use to make purchase from App Store. So if you can remember your App Store password, try it out to login into iCloud. If it fails, read on and learn how to reset iCloud password.

We have three ways to reset iCloud password:

  • Email authentication

  • Answer security questions

  • Two-step verification

No matter which method you are going to choose, you should follow the steps below first.


Reset iCloud Password by Using Email Authentication

You can send a reset email to the email address that you have associated with your Apple ID.

Step 1. Go to My Apple ID (appleid.apple.com) to reset password. Select "Forgot Apple ID or password?"

Forgot iCloud Passcode

Step 2. Enter your Apple ID and click "Continue". Then, select one of the ways to reset iCloud password.

Enter Apple ID

Step 3. When you stepped into "Reset Password" page, you can choose the "Get an email" option. Then, Apple will send instructions to your email address which is used as Apple ID.

Reset iCloud Password via Email

Step 4. Open the email from Apple. Click Reset now link in that email.


Recover iCloud Password by Answering Security Questions

If you forget the iCloud password and don't have access to the email, you can still recover the password by answering security questions that you have set up.

Step 1. Go to My Apple ID (appleid.apple.com) > Forgot Apple ID or passwor. This time, choose "Answer security quetions".

Answer Security Question to Reset iCloud Password

Step 2. Enter the date of your birth  and click Continue > Answer the security question.

Step 3. After you have finished all the questions, you can enter a new password to reset password.


Change iCloud Password with Two-step Verification

If you set up two-step verification, you can use it to change or reset your password. You just need a recovery key and a trusted device. Follow these steps:

Step 1. Enter your Recovery Key.

Two-step Verification

Note: If you forget the Recovery Key, it can be retrieved and re-created via Apple ID. Just click "Lost your Recovery Key", and you will get the solution to replace Recovery Key. However, if you forgot both Apple ID and Recovery Key, you may not regain your account.

Step 2. Choose a trusted device. Apple will send your device a verification code.

Step 3. Enter the four-digit verification code and then set a new password and select Reset Password.

If you have forgot iCloud two-step verification password, you can reset or change your password from your trusted iPhone: Settings > iCloud > tap Apple ID > Password & Security to change Password.

With the methods we have shared with you, you'll be able to reset iCloud passcode in a few minutes. If you encounter any problem during the process, please leave your comments below.

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