Forgotten password is a common problem and I'm sure that all of you have once clicked 'Forgot Password' link at some point in your life. Forgetting the iCloud password can cause a lot of problems, restricting you from using iCloud, downloading apps, or doing more things.
If you have unfortunately forgotten the iCloud password and don't know how to recover it, follow this tutorial and try one of the 4 ways to reset your iCloud password and regain access to iCloud functions.
Generally speaking, your iCloud account is your Apple ID, which is the email address you used to log in your Apple devices. In this case, to reset iCloud password is to reset the Apple ID password.
iCloud account and password are needed when you want to log into iCloud on your iPhone, iPad, Mac or all other Apple devices. Your iCloud password protects your personal files on iCloud, such as personal photos, contacts. 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 are the same as those you use to download apps, music, movies from iTunes, App Store. So, if you can remember your iTunes/App Store password, try to log in iCloud with the password.
Although there are multiple official ways for you to recover the Apple ID password, they all come with certain limitations, for example, you have to get access to your iPhone with iCloud logged in, you must answer security questions that you might have forgotten, or you must enter a valid phone number linked with the Apple account. Even though these limitations guarantee your account security, they also make things tricky when you forgot your iCloud password and cannot fulfill any of the requirements.
If you have tried many times and cannot find your iCloud password back, I would recommend you here to use a third-party program for unlocking iOS devices – FonePaw iOS Unlocker. This software specializes in dealing with password-forgotten problems and can help you quickly and securely remove the screen lock, Apple ID, and Screen Time passcode from your iOS device. If you forgot the iCloud password, you can easily use it to remove your Apple ID and then reset a new one.
You can use FonePaw iOS Unlocker when:
- You forget the iOS screen passcode, and want to erase the screen passcode from the disabled, used or locked iPhone/iPad;
- You forget your Apple ID or password, and need to delete your Apple ID or iCloud account on your iPhone/iPad;
- The wrong password is entered multiple times on the iOS device and the message "iPhone is disabled" pop ups on the screen;
- You have purchased a second-hand iPhone or iPad and cannot bypass the lock screen step;
- You accidentally break your iPhone/iPad screen, and need to access your iPhone or iPad urgently;
- You forget the screen time passcode or want to cancel the restriction, unlock the screen time passcode without losing any data.
- According to your iOS system version, your device may be restored during unlocking. So, you had better backup your iOS device before using it.
Now have a look at how to use FonePaw iOS Unlocker to delete the Apple ID:
Step 1. Download FonePaw iOS Unlocker
Step 2. Choose to Remove Apple ID (iCloud Account)
Launch FonePaw iOS Unlocker and enter the main interface of the software. You will see three options: wipe passcode, remove Apple ID, and screen time. Choose Remove Apple ID to continue.
Step 3. Connect Your Device to The Computer
Connect your device to computer with USB cable. You need to tap "Trust" to trust the computer and enter your screen passcode to confirm.
Step 4. Start to Remove iCloud Account/Apple ID
Click "Start" to begin removing iCloud account in your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. Before the removing, pay attention to the warnings.
Step 5 iCloud Account is Removed (3 Situations)
According to the iOS version and whether FMI is enabled on your iPhone or not, there are different steps to remove your iCloud account.
If Find My iPhone is disabled on your device, FonePaw iOS Unlocker will remove your Apple ID successfully. You just need to wait for seconds for the removal to be finished and then reset your Apple ID/ iCloud password.
1. Make sure the two-factor authentication of your Apple device is on, and you will have to enter “0000” to confirm unlocking, or the removing process will fail.
2. Download the firmware.
3. Make sure the lock screen password is set and enter “0000” again to confirm unlocking.
4. Removing Apple ID.
5. Finish removing and enter your passcode to reset your iCloud/ Apple ID and password.
1. Reset all settings on your Apple device manually, and then your Apple ID will be removed.
2. Your Apple ID is removed successfully and you can reset it.
If you don’t need to delete your Apple ID to do the resetting, you can also change or reset your password with 3 official ways:
When you forgot iCloud/ Apple ID password and can access your device, you can perform the account recovery directly on iPhone/iPad. Here is how to do that:
- If you usually forget your Apple ID, writing down your Apple ID or password and keep them private is a good way.
STEP 1. Open Settings on iPhone/iPad.
STEP 2. If you have signed in with your iCloud account, tap your Apple ID > Password & Security > Change password. (On iOS 10 or earlier, tap Settings > iCloud > Apple ID)
Enter your screen passcode first, and then you will be able to change your Apple ID password.
STEP 3. If you don't add an iCloud account on your device, tap Settings >Sign in to your iPhone Forgot Apple ID or Password. (On iOS 10.2 or earilier, tap Settings > iCloud >Forgot Apple ID or Password) You can then reset Apple ID password.
You can also recover iCloud password on PC, Mac or other devices via Apple ID account page (appleid.apple.com).
Forgot iCloud Password and Security Questions? Use Email Authentication
Apple ID account page allows you to reset iCloud password with different ways of security. One of the ways is sending a reset email to the email address that you have associated with your Apple ID.
STEP 1. Go to Apple ID account page (appleid.apple.com). Select "Forgot Apple ID or password?" to reset iCloud password.
STEP 2. Enter your Apple ID (email address) and click "Continue".
Then choose “I need to reset my password”.
STEP 3. When you stepped into "Reset Password" page, you'll be provided with two options: Get an email or Answer security questions. If you have forgotten answers to the security questions, choose "Get an email". Then, Apple will send instructions to your email address which is used as Apple ID.
STEP 4. Open the email from Apple. Click Reset now link in that email to reset a new password for iCloud.
Forgot iCloud Password and Cannot Access Email? Answer Security Questions
If you forget the iCloud password and don't have access to the email account, you can still recover lost iCloud password by answering security questions that you have set up.
STEP 1. Go to Apple ID account page (appleid.apple.com) > Forgot Apple ID or password.
STEP 2. Enter iCloud email address and this time, choose "Answer security quetions".
STEP 3. Enter the date of your birth and click Continue > Answer the security question.
STEP 4. After you have finished all the questions, you can enter a new password to change iCloud password.
If you have turned on Two-Factor Authentication (or Two-Step Verification for the old version), the steps of recovering iCloud password are a bit different.
Recover iCloud Password with Two-Factor Authentication
Two-factor authentication is Apple's security method for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch on iOS 9 or later, Mac on OS X El Capitan or later. If you have enable two-factory authentication for your Apple ID, you should reset iCloud password in these steps.
STEP 1. Go to appleid.apple.com and choose Forget Apple ID or password.
STEP 2. Enter your Apple ID, the email address associated with iCloud and Continue.
STEP 3. If you have enabled two-factor authentication, you'll be asked to enter the phone number of your trusted device. Enter the phone number and continue.
STEP 4. Choose Use trusted phone number and you'll get an authentication code on the device, which you can use to reset password. After entering the code, you will be able to reset your iCloud password with the onscreen instructions.
- If you can't access the device, you can choose Reset from another device to use a different device to receive authentication code on another device.
Recover iCloud Password with Two-Step Verification
If you haven't updated to two-factor authentication and use the older security method two-step verification to protect your Apple ID. You can change or reset iCloud password with a recovery key and a trusted device. Follow these steps:
STEP 1. Go to appleid.apple.com and enter your iCloud email address.
STEP 2. Apple will tell you that your Apple ID is protected with two-step verification. Enter your Recovery Key.
- If you forgot 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 3. Choose a trusted device. Apple will send your device a verification code.
STEP 4. 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.
If unfortunately, you forgot both the iCloud password and email address, you can fingure out the iCloud email address with these methods:
STEP 1. On your iPhone, iPad, open iTunes or App Store and if you have signed in with the iCloud account, you can see the email address there. Or you can go to Settings and see if there is Apple ID.
On your Mac, check Apple ID in System Preferences > iCloud or iTunes/App Store application.
STEP 2. Go to Apple ID account page to retrieve Apple ID.
- If you still don’t find your iCloud account, you can try to use FonePaw iOS Unlocker to remove the Apple ID.
With the methods we have shared with you, you'll be able to reset iCloud password and regain access to full functions in a few minutes. When the official ways don’t work, FonePaw iOS Unlocker may be your choice for its powerful function on resetting iCloud account/Apple ID. If you encounter any problem during the process, please leave your comments below.