When it comes to the security of your Apple ID, the Cupertino Company takes things very seriously. They have three security questions and a two-step verification method to make your accounts more secure. However, if you have forgotten the password of your Apple ID and tried the incorrect password for more than three times, it automatically disables your Apple ID. We have heard from a few people that have struggled at fixing this problem. This is usually a very easy fix and this article helps walk you through the steps that are necessary.
A disabled Apple ID does not let you do any activity using your Apple ID such as purchasing an application from App Store, downloading media contents from iTunes or read the emails on the iCloud account, essentially putting things at a gridlock
- 1 Don’t Do THIS!
- 2 How-To Fix Your Disabled Apple ID and Restore it
- 2.1 Step-> 1: Fix your Apple ID account using any web browser on any computer or device using desktop site
- 2.2 Step-> 2: Fill in your details
- 2.3 Step-> 3: On the next screen, choose your method to reset your Apple ID
- 2.4 Step-> 4: Look In Your Email
- 2.5 Step-> 5: Write down the new password and click on Reset Password
- 2.6 Step-> 7: That’s it!
- 3 Using Two-Factor Verification?
- 4 If you use Two-Step Verification
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- How-To Delete Your Apple ID
- Create An Apple ID Without a Credit Card
- How-To Restore My Apple ID? Q&A from Readers
Forgot Apple ID?
Most Apple IDs are the primary email address of your Apple ID account. So give this a try if you forgot your Apple ID. Another easy way is to check your devices. Most of us sign in with our Apple ID on our iPhones, iPads, or Macs–so check the Apple ID profile, iCloud, iTunes, and the App Store and see if these apps and settings list your Apple ID. If that didn’t work, try signing in with all prior email addresses that you might have used as an Apple ID.
Don’t Do THIS!
If you keep on trying the wrong password, again and again, Apple locks your account and places it in a waiting room of around 24 hours (where you cannot access your Apple ID even if you remember that correct password.) So, if you forget your password, we strongly recommend that you do not attempt at trying the password repeatedly. The best remedy for a forgotten password is to reset your password.
How-To Fix Your Disabled Apple ID and Restore it
You need this info: first name, last name, and email address associated with your Apple ID to fix the disabled Apple ID. You must know the email address associated with your Apple ID.
If your Apple ID is disabled, they will simply say that your account is disabled for security, and you may find one of these three statuses on your account:
- “This Apple ID has been disabled for security reasons.”
- “You can’t sign in because your account was disabled for security reasons.”
- “This Apple ID has been locked for security reasons.”
Step-> 1: Fix your Apple ID account using any web browser on any computer or device using desktop site
Open a web browser such as Safari, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox and go to this website: I forgot Apple ID info to redirect to the iForgot Page by Apple.
Step-> 2: Fill in your details
After writing down your details, click on the Continue button.
Step-> 3: On the next screen, choose your method to reset your Apple ID
Choose how to reset your password using one of these four methods
- Select Answer security questions and follow the steps
- Tap Get an email to reset your password. Email is sent to your primary (or rescue) email address (steps listed directly below)
- When you enable two-factor authentication for your Apple ID, resetting your password is easy using any of your trusted devices. Skip to Two-Factor Verification
- If you have two-step verification on, Apple asks for a Recovery Key, follow the steps for two-step verification instead. Skip to Two-Step Verification
Step-> 4: Look In Your Email
However, if you don’t use the two steps verification method, you will have to go your Email account and check for the recent email from the Apple. In your Email, Click on the Reset Now
Step-> 5: Write down the new password and click on Reset Password
it is important that the new password is different from the password that you used last time with your Apple account.
Step-> 7: That’s it!
Apple resets the password and your account should be back to normal. Here’s how the screen will look like.
After enabling your Apple ID , don’t forget to change the password on all of your iDevices and Macs. Also, update the password in Settings to download the new apps from the App Store and iTunes.
Using Two-Factor Verification?
On your iPhone or iDevice
- Open a trusted iDevice
- Go to Settings > Apple Profile > Password & Security > Change Password
- With iOS 10.2 or earlier, tap iCloud > your name
- Follow the onscreen steps to update your password
On your Mac
- Go to Apple Menu > System Preferences > iCloud > Account Details
- Select Security > Reset Password
- Before you reset your Apple ID password, enter the password used to unlock your Mac
No Access to a Trusted Device?
- Use a friend’s iPhone or iDevice
- Open the Find My iPhone app
- If a Sign In screen appears, tap Forgot Apple ID or Password, and follow the onscreen steps
- Don’t see a Sign In screen? Tap Sign Out. After your friend signs out, tap Forgot Apple ID or Password, and follow the onscreen steps
If you use Two-Step Verification
With Two-Step Verification, Apple requires that you verify your identity by entering your recovery key. When you enabled Two-Step verification, Apple provided you with a 14-character Recovery Key with instructions to print and keep in a safe place. To fix your Apple ID, use this Recovery Key to regain access to your account.
If you permanently lost your Recovery Key or access to your trusted device, you can’t change your password
Recover Apple ID and Password With Two-step Verification
- Enter your Apple ID, select the option to reset your password
- Enter your Recovery Key for two-step verification
- Next, choose one of your trusted devices. Apple send your device a verification code
- Enter that verification code
- Create a new password then select Reset Password
After resetting your password, sign in again with your new password. And don’t forget to update your password in Settings on all your devices, App Store, iTunes Store, and on Macs.