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How to Recover Your Apple ID Account When You’ve Forgotten the Password

It's not unusual to stumble upon a situation where you don't remember your Apple ID password. If you don't remember or have lost it, there are ways to get back into your account.

Updated: June 25th, 2023

How to Recover Your Apple ID Account When You’ve Forgotten the Password

Did you know that nearly 8 in 10 people forget their passwords and need a reset within three months of setting them up? And that’s nothing to fret about.

Following a few straightforward steps, you can effortlessly reset your Apple ID password on your iPhone, the web, a new device, or even a borrowed device. And if all these prove futile, you can opt for the last resort – account recovery!

Please Note: This is for your Apple ID Password, not your iPhone passcode. They’re commonly confused when discussing security with your iPhone (we have so many these days anyways right?) so if you need help with a passcode ( those pesky 6 digits you enter to get into your iPhone, or iPad if you don’t have Face ID or Touch-ID set-up, then please read this article.)

For the Apple ID password! Please keep scrolling; you’ll discover every step you need to follow to reset your Apple ID password or recover your account.

How to Reset Your Apple ID Password on an iPhone

If you’re using an iPhone, you can use the built-in features to reset your Apple ID password. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Click Settings
  2. Proceed to Your Name Password & Security > Change Password
  3. Follow the onscreen guidelines to reset your Apple ID password

You can use the exact process to reset your password on a trusted iPad, iPod, and Apple Watch. And if you wish to reset the password on Mac, go to Apple menu > System Preferences. From there, click Apple ID > Password & Security, and follow the provided instructions.

How to Reset Your Apple ID Password on a New Device

You’ve just bought a new gadget, but you forgot your Apple ID password? Perhaps a certified pre-owned iPhone from Gophermods, or a flashy new iPhone 14.

No worries.

We’ll show you how to restore your Apple ID account on your new device. The first step is to select the “Forgot Apple ID or password?” option where it appears. When setting up your device, you can find this option on the Apple ID sign-in screen display.

Once you’ve set up your device, it’s time to open a specific app that will require you to sign in:

  • If you’re using an iPad, iPod, or iPhone, go to Settings and select the Messages app.
  • If you’re using Mac, you’ll need to go to the Apple menu > System Preferences. Then, select the Apple ID you want to log in with and enter your email address and password.

How to Reset your Apple ID password with the Apple Support App on a Borrowed Device

As long as the device has the Apple Support app, you don’t need to worry about someone compromising your data should you lose or misplace your phone. You can simply borrow an Apple device from a family member or friend or visit the Apple store to complete the password reset in four easy steps:

  1. Open or download the Apple Support app from the App Store
  2. Click Passwords & Security Reset Apple ID password Get Started
  3. Click on “A different Apple ID
  4. Insert your Apple ID and follow the onscreen guidelines to the latter to complete the password reset

Any information you enter won’t be stored permanently on the borrowed device.

How to Reset your Apple ID password on the Web

Last but not least, you can reset your Apple ID password on a web browser if you don’t have a trusted device. The only downside is that this may take longer than the other techniques, especially if you don’t have access to your trusted device. But here’s how to do so:

  1. Go to iforgot.apple.com
  2. Select “I lost my password.”
  3. Enter your email address and choose a new password.
  4. Confirm your choice by clicking “Submit.”

That’s all! Now, you can enjoy the benefits of having an iCloud account without worrying about forgetting your Apple ID password.

Last Resort: Account Recovery

But what if you can’t reset your password even after following the above methods? Don’t panic! There are still ways to recover your Apple ID account.

In this section, we’ll discuss what account recovery is, how to use account recovery when you can’t reset your Apple ID password, and how to check the status of your request.

What is Account Recovery

Account recovery is the process of retrieving your Apple ID account when you lack sufficient info to reset your password. It’s used when you forget your password, lose your device, or get locked out of your account due to suspicious activity.

Plus, the process may take a few days or even longer before you can use your account again. This is influenced by the need to uphold your account’s security posture, lest sensitive information gets compromised.

Remember, account recovery is a last resort option that you can only explore once you’ve exhausted all other options for resetting your Apple ID password. So, let’s see how to proceed.

How to Use Account Recovery When You Can’t Reset Your Apple ID Password

If you can’t reset your Apple ID password because you forgot it, you should try recovering your account via account recovery. The process is straightforward; you only need to submit an account recovery request with iforgot.apple.com. Afterward, you’ll receive an email confirming your request, plus the date and time you can expect to regain access to your account.

Please note:

  • If you submitted a request with iforgot.apple.com via your device’s browser, AVOID using the device during this period, lest you cancel the recovery process.
  • Turn off other devices linked to your Apple ID account until the process’s completion. This helps avoid delays.

When the waiting period is over, Apple will send you an automated text or call with instructions on how to log back into your account.

Helpful Information: Gophermods cannot help you with this, not because we don’t want to, but because Apple is the only one that can help.

How to Check the Status of Your Request

You can check the status of your recovery request at any time by visiting iforgot.apple.com. Here, you can view details such as the date and time you regained access to your account, why you could not reset your password, and more.

You can also cancel the request if you remember your details and can log in successfully. That means the waiting period will cancel automatically, and you can regain access to your account immediately. And in case you didn’t make a recovery request, Apple provides instructions on canceling the same in the confirmation email.

Gophermods is Here to Help!

So there you have it, folks! Recovering your Apple ID password isn’t a daunting task after all. Whether you have lost your device, forgotten your password, or just want to change your password, there is a simple solution to regain access to your account. And if the password reset process fails for one reason or another, you can always opt for account recovery.

At Gophermods, we’re a team of highly experienced and reliable technicians who specialize in providing quality iPhone, iPad, and MacBook device repair services. We understand how important your device is to you, so we strive to provide excellent customer service every step of the way. Our goal is to help you keep your device running smoothly while maintaining its original condition.