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How To Reset Your Apple ID Password

Your Apple ID is the key to accessing many Apple services and devices. From buying apps, music, and movies to syncing your iPhone and even unlocking your Mac, your Apple ID password gives you access to the Apple ecosystem.

Resetting a forgotten Apple ID password can be frustrating, but don‘t worry – I‘m here to help walk you through all the ways to reset your Apple ID password across devices. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the various password recovery options available on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and the web.

I‘ll also provide some tips to improve account security going forward, so you can avoid Apple ID password headaches in the future. Let‘s dive in!

Reset Apple ID Password On iPhone Or iPad

If you have your iPhone or iPad handy, you can conveniently reset your Apple ID password directly on the device through the Settings app.

Here‘s how to change your Apple ID password on an iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open the Settings app (It‘s the one with gray gears as the icon)
  2. Tap on your name at the very top of the screen
  3. Select ‘Password & Security‘ – this option may be a few sections down
  4. Tap ‘Change Password‘
  5. Enter your device passcode if prompted for an extra security check
  6. Type in and confirm your new password – be sure to make it a strong one!
  7. Tap ‘Change‘ to save your newly reset password

Once you hit ‘Change‘, you‘ll receive an email confirmation from Apple indicating your password was successfully changed. Then you can immediately use your new password to sign in to iCloud, the App Store, Apple Music, and any other Apple services.

This password reset process works the same way on any model of iPhone or iPad running iOS 10.0 or later. It‘s by far the quickest and simplest way to get back into your Apple account if you have one of your trusted devices handy.

Reset Apple ID Password on Mac

Now let‘s talk about resetting your Apple ID password if you‘re locked out of your Mac.

This frustrating situation happens most often when you try to log in to your Mac and realize you‘ve forgotten your Apple ID password that‘s needed to unlock it.

Don‘t panic – you can reset your Apple ID right from the login screen on your Mac. Just follow these steps:

  1. From the login screen, click your user profile picture or name
  2. Incorrectly enter your password 2 times until you see the ‘reset password‘ option
  3. Click the option saying ‘reset it using your Apple ID‘
  4. Enter the email address associated with your Apple ID
  5. Click ‘Next‘ and follow the onscreen instructions to verify your identity
  6. You‘ll then be prompted to enter and confirm your brand new password
  7. Click ‘Reset Password‘ and your Apple ID will be recovered!

Once your password has been reset, you‘ll be able to login to your Mac again and get back to business.

If for some reason you don‘t see the Apple ID password reset options, try rebooting your Mac and hold down Command + R during startup. This will boot you into Recovery mode. From there, click ‘Reset Password‘ and go through the reset process.

Recovering your account on a Mac is a bit trickier than mobile devices, but thankfully still very doable if you follow the steps outlined here.

Reset Apple ID Using Apple Support App

What if you don‘t have immediate access to any of your Apple devices? Not to worry, you can still reset your Apple ID password through the Apple Support app.

This official app from Apple provides a variety of support tools, including convenient Apple ID password recovery options.

Here‘s how to use the Apple Support app to reset your Apple ID password from an iPhone or iPad:

  1. Download and open the Apple Support app on an iPhone or iPad
  2. Tap on the search bar at the top and type in “Reset Apple ID password”
  3. Tap “Reset Apple ID password” in the search results below
  4. Tap “A different Apple ID” next to the email field
  5. Enter your Apple ID email address and tap ‘Next‘
  6. Select “Don‘t have access to your trusted devices?” if you see it
  7. Tap ‘Continue‘ and follow the instructions to verify your identity
  8. Answer a few security questions from Apple to confirm you are the owner
  9. You‘ll then be guided through choosing a new password

The key requirement to use the Support app is access to a phone number that Apple can send a confirmation code to. As long as you have the trusted phone on file, you can use a friend or family member‘s Apple device to quickly regain access to your locked account.

Reset Password On A Brand New Apple Device

Let‘s say you decided to purchase a shiny new iPhone or MacBook, but ran into a roadblock because you forgot your Apple ID password during initial setup. Is your new tech basically a pricy paperweight now? Thankfully, no!

Even on a brand new Apple device, you can take advantage of password recovery options:

On an iPhone or iPad:

  • When prompted for your Apple ID password, tap “Forgot password?” below the password field
  • Follow the prompts to verify your identity and reset your password
  • Enter and confirm your new password to complete the reset
  • You‘ll then be able to sign in with your newly recovered password!

On a Mac:

  • When asked for your Apple ID, click “Forgot Apple ID or password?”
  • Verify your identity through prompts and security questions
  • Enter and confirm your new password after resetting
  • Click “Set Up” and you‘ll be able to sign in with your newly recovered password

Having trouble getting these steps to work on your new device? You can always fallback to using the Apple password reset website outlined a bit later in this guide.

But ideally, you‘ll be able to reclaim access to your Apple account without having to wait on support agents or recovery emails.

How To Reset Apple ID Password Online

Let‘s go over how to recover your Apple ID password online, in case you find yourself without any access to an Apple device.

Apple provides an online self-service password reset tool at iforgot.apple.com that allows you to regain account access from any web browser.

Here are the steps to use Apple‘s password recovery site to reset your ID:

  1. Go to iforgot.apple.com in any browser
  2. Enter your full Apple ID email address
  3. Complete the CAPTCHA “I‘m not a robot” verification
  4. Select ‘Continue‘ to move forward
  5. Choose one of the verification options provided (trusted device or phone number)
  6. Follow the onscreen instructions to confirm your identity
  7. Enter and confirm your new password
  8. Click ‘Change Password‘ and you‘re all set!

The online password reset process can take up to 24 hours to complete if you don‘t have access to a trusted Apple device.

This is because Apple Support has to manually verify identity before allowing a password change. So you‘ll need to sit tight and wait for their team to authorize the reset.

But if you‘re patient, it will enable you to eventually regain access to your Apple account and all associated apps, services, and devices.

Set Up Future Password Recovery Options

Now that you‘re back in your account, let‘s chat about some moves you can make to avoid Apple ID password problems down the road:

Add A Recovery Contact

Head into your Apple ID account settings and add a trusted family member or friend as an authorized recovery contact. They‘ll then be able to use their own Apple device to reset your password with a quick verification code.

Create A Recovery Key

This is a 28-character randomly generated code that allows you to prove account ownership if locked out. Save this recovery key in a safe place you can access in case of a future forgotten password situation.

Use A Password Manager

I recommend using a dedicated password manager like 1Password or LastPass to keep track of long, unique passwords for all your accounts. This prevents forgotten password situations altogether!

Enabling one or all of these additional recovery options gives you more ways to quickly regain access without relying solely on Apple‘s email and website based password recovery flows.

Apple ID Password Reset: By The Numbers

Just how common of an issue is a forgotten Apple ID password? Let‘s look at some statistics:

  • Apple has an estimated 1.8 billion Apple IDs worldwide as of 2022 (Source)
  • Surveys suggest over 60% of users forget the password to at least one of their online accounts each year (Source)
  • Apple receives over 70,000 Apple ID password reset requests per day (Source)
  • During new iPhone launch days, Apple ID password reset requests spike to over 220,000 daily (Source)
  • 32% of users only change passwords when prompted, and 55% reuse passwords across multiple accounts (Source)

So in summary – forgotten Apple ID passwords are extremely common! But as you can see from this guide, there are thankfully many reliable ways to recover and reset your password.

Common Apple ID Password Reset Questions

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about resetting your Apple ID password:

How do I find my current Apple ID password? Unfortunately, there is no way to uncover your actual current password, but this guide outlines the various options available to reset and recover your forgotten password.

Why does the online Apple ID password reset take so long? For security purposes, Apple requires full manual verification when resetting your password through their website. Their support team cannot expedite online password resets.

Can I reset my Apple ID password without access to my phone, number, or devices? Yes, you can use the online self-service password reset at iforgot.apple.com. It may take up to 1-3 days without device access though.

I forgot my Mac FileVault recovery key. What now? If you did not save your FileVault recovery key, then you will likely need to erase the entire Mac hard drive in order to be able to reset your Apple ID password.

How can I prevent forgetting my password in the future? Set up an Apple recovery contact, create a recovery key, and use a dedicated password manager app to store your passwords securely. Enabling 2-factor authentication on your Apple ID also adds an extra layer of security.

Let‘s Recap The Key Takeaways…

The most important points about resetting your Apple ID password:

  • Use iPhone/iPad Settings app if you still have device access
  • Reset right from Mac login screen if locked out of your computer
  • Leverage the official Apple Support app on a borrowed device
  • Reset during initial setup on a new Apple device
  • Use Apple online password reset as a last resort without any devices
  • Enable recovery contact and recovery key for easier future password resets
  • Consider a password manager app to eliminate forgotten password risk entirely!

Recovering and resetting your Apple ID password is quick and painless as long as you have access to one of your approved devices. In a worst case no-device scenario, Apple still provides account recovery options via their automated online support site.

Hopefully the steps outlined in this guide will enable you to swiftly regain access to your important Apple account if you ever find yourself up the creek without an Apple ID password paddle! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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