Several readers report that they are unable to verify Apple ID because they did not receive the activation email that Apple sent to verify their email address.
Having an Apple ID is a must if you are using an Apple product. With an Apple ID, you buy apps, log in to your iCloud account or access Apple support and view your product information (along with many other things). If you do not have an Apple ID, creating an Apple ID is easy by visiting My Apple ID web site.
Apple ID Registration
During the registration process, Apple asks for your name, address, and email. After you complete this registration process, Apple sends a verification/activation link to the email address that you submitted during the registration process to verify that this address indeed belongs to you.
You are required to open that email and follow the instructions to activate your Apple ID; if you are unable to verify that Apple ID, you cannot use it.
If you haven’t received your activation email and failed to verify Apple ID or if your ID activation failed, try these tips
- Apple sent the verification email, but this confirmation email was caught by your email’s spam or bulk mail filter. Check your spam, junk or bulk mail folders to see if the verification email is there
- Next, ensure that your spam blocker is not filtering email@example.com (you may add this email to your address book) and then request a new verification email (see below)
- Turn OFF VPN, so it’s listed as Not Connected. Go to Settings > General > VPN (scroll down to near the bottom of the page)
- Reset your network settings. Go to Settings>General>Reset>Reset Network Settings
- Restart after resetting network settings
- Check that your Date & Time are correct. Settings. General > Date& Time
- Toggle Set Automatically OFF and then back ON or vise-verse
- Toggle WiFi OFF and then back ON
- You may need to do this a few times
- It is possible that your email provider may be having technical difficulties preventing you from receiving emails. This situation is especially true if you have a self-hosted email address like firstname.lastname@example.org. You may want to change your email or request a new verification email (see below).
- You may have made a typo in the email provided. Check to ensure the email address is spelled correctly.
How to request a new verification email
Visit appleid.apple.com and then click “Manage your account” and enter your Apple ID and password. When you sign in, it will say:
“A verification email was previously sent to . We can resend the verification email to the same address, or if this address is incorrect, you can change your Apple ID and email address.” You will also be able to see and change your Apple ID email here. If you want to change your email address, you can do so (see number 3 and four above). Then just click “send a verification email.”
Apple ID Verification keeps popping up?
Does your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch keep getting a pop-up message asking you to enter the password for your Apple ID? Is this happening over and over again, no matter how many times you type in your password? A message says you need to Apple ID Verification and asks you to enter your password. So you enter the password. But whenever you restart your iDevice, that dang SAME MESSAGE pops up again. And it asks the same thing–Enter the Apple ID password. It a vicious cycle, and it really couldn’t be more annoying.
Tips for Verification Message Popping Up Repeatedly
- Log out of iCloud on all devices including iDevices and Macs. Once logged out of everything, log back in
- Try a cellular data connection instead of WiFi (turn WiFi OFF)
- Add an email address to FaceTime and iMessage, if you don’t have one already set-up. Go to Settings > FaceTime > Add Email. For iMessage, go to Settings > Messages > Send & Receive > Add Email. Don’t just have a phone number associated with these services!
- Go to settings>iTunes& App Store> Tap on Apple ID and sign out. Wait 20-30 seconds. Then sign back in with your Apple ID
- Open iCloud, enter your Apple ID and pass, then and go to iCloud Settings (in drop-down menu underneath your Apple ID in the upper-left corner of your screen.) Find “My Devices.” Remove any Macs or iDevices you no longer own or use by clicking on the blue “x” icon.
- Reset All Settings by going to Settings > General > Reset >Reset All Settings
- Any personalization is removed from app preferences etc.
- Turn off Share Location. Go to Settings > iCloud > Share My Location >Toggle OFF
- Free up some storage space (or purchase more) on iCloud if your iCloud account is almost full. A reader reports she opened up some storage space and the message disappeared!
- Had this exact issue and fixed it by allowing mobile data usage in cellular settings. Pretty simple and worked for me!
- This problem started for me when I changed my Apple ID e-mail address. I sorted it by going into Settings, Messages, Send & Receive where I found the Apple ID was still set to my old e-mail address. I also looked at FaceTime and found the same thing – updating both of these to my new Apple ID e-mail sorted it