Many of the places we visit on the web require us to have credentials to enter them. And since so many passwords are required, it’s normal to forget some of them. For example, an Apple ID password is not something you focus on because you will remain logged into your Apple account until you actively log out. Therefore, it is understandable if you forget which password is associated with your Apple account.

If you can’t remember your Apple ID password, don’t worry. Here you will learn how to recover your Apple ID password and eventually regain access to your account. So keep reading to find out more.

Forgotten Apple ID password activation lock

Activation Lock is a feature that activates automatically when you enable Find My on your Apple device. The only way to bypass the activation lock screen is to provide your Apple ID and password. In this section, we’ll show you how to recover your password. But first, here are some tips on how to recover your Apple ID, in case you forgot it:

  • Check your Apple emails – As an Apple customer, you undoubtedly receive regular emails from the company, including billing information, policy updates, and marketing. Apple usually includes your Apple ID in all emails they send you. Usually it contains the first few characters of your email or phone number, followed by several asterisks (which replace letters, numbers, and other symbols in the actual ID), which should help you remember. Sometimes your Apple ID isn’t masked, making it even easier to identify.
  • Check other Apple devices you’re signed into – If checking your emails didn’t work, check your Apple ID on other Apple devices you may own. Usually, the Apple ID appears in the profile section of your device.
  • Check the Apple apps you’re signed in to – Apps like FaceTime, Messages, and AppStore will display your Apple ID on the profile, provided you’re signed in. So go to one of those apps and get your Apple ID from the profile page.
  • Visit the Apple ID page – If you still can’t remember the email address associated with your account, go to appleid.apple.com and scan it.

How to reset your Apple ID password

If you can’t remember your Apple ID password, there are several ways to reset it. The easiest way to reset your password is to use another Apple device you’re signed into, such as a Mac, an iPhone, or an iPad. Here are the steps to take on a Mac:

  1. Go on your Mac and click on the Apple logo.
  2. From the options, select “System Preferences”.
  3. Click your profile and tap Apple ID.

Here are the steps to take on an iPad or iPhone:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap your profile.
  3. Select ‘Password and security’.
  4. Tap on “Change password”.
  5. Enter your access code.
  6. Enter your new password and confirm it in the appropriate fields.

If you don’t have an Apple device that you’re already signed in to, Apple recommends borrowing an Apple device and using it to reset. So borrow an iPhone or iPad from a family member or friend and follow these steps to retrieve your password:

  1. Install the Apple Support app and open it.
  2. Under topics, choose “Password and security”.
  3. Go to “Reset Apple ID Password” and click “Get Started”.
  4. Tap “Other Apple ID” and then “Continue”.
  5. Key in your Apple ID and tap “Next”.
  6. Enter your recovery contact number and select “Next”.
  7. Press the “Cannot access your Apple device” button.
  8. Enter the code sent to your phone and proceed to the next step.
  9. Enter the phone passcode or password and set a new password for your account.
  10. Confirm your new password to finish.

Once you have your Apple ID and password, enter them on the Activation Lock screen to unlock your device.

Forgot Apple ID password and lost my phone

If you forgot your Apple ID passwords and lost your phone, it’s best to use a friend’s phone to reset it. Once you have an iPhone or iPad, follow these steps to reset your Apple ID password:

  1. On your friend’s phone, install and open the Apple Support app.
  2. After opening the app, select the “Password & Security” option from the topics section.
  3. Select “Reset Apple ID Password” and then tap “Get Started”.
  4. Select “Other Apple ID” and tap “Continue”.
  5. In the field provided, enter your Apple ID or the email address associated with your account and tap “Next”.
  6. Under the Phone number section, enter your recovery phone number and tap “Next”.
  7. On the next screen, select the “Can’t access your Apple device” option.
  8. You should receive a code on your recovery contact number. Enter the code in the appropriate field and proceed to the next step.
  9. Enter your phone’s passcode or password when prompted.
  10. Now set a new password for your Apple account and confirm it to finish.

Forgot Apple ID password on a Mac

Given the number of passwords one has to remember, it’s hardly a surprise if you can’t remember your Mac’s Apple ID password. Fortunately, resetting an Apple ID password is relatively easy. These are the steps to follow:

  1. On your Mac, click the Apple logo.
  2. Go to “System Preferences”.
  3. Select “Apple ID”.
  4. In the right sidebar, open the “Password & Security” option.
  5. Click on “Change password”.
  6. Enter your Mac’s password.
  7. Enter your new Apple ID password in the pop-up widget and confirm it.
  8. When you’re done, hit the “Change” button.

If you also forgot your Apple ID, follow these steps to find it:

  1. Launch your browser and go to “iforgot.apple.com”.
  2. Enter your first name, last name and email address in the appropriate fields.
  3. Complete the ReCaptcha and press the “Continue” button.

    • If no green alert appears after the steps above, go back to the second step and try again with a different email address.
    • If a match is found, you will see a check mark on your screen and your Apple ID. You should also have an option to return to your account.

How to reset your Apple ID password using iPhone

Follow these steps to reset your Apple ID password using an iPhone:

  1. Open the “Settings” app.
  2. Tap your profile.
  3. Open the “Password and security” menu.
  4. Tap on “Change password”.
  5. Enter your phone passcode.
  6. Set a new Apple ID password and retype it to confirm.

How to Reset Apple ID Password Using an iPad

Since an iPad is an Apple device, you can use it to reset your Apple ID password. Here’s how to go about the process.

  1. Launch “Settings”.
  2. Select your user profile.
  3. Select “Password & Security” from the options.
  4. Select ‘Change password’.
  5. Enter a new password for your Apple ID and confirm it.

Add a recovery contact to your iPhone or iPad

Setting up a recovery contact is a great way to make sure you always have access to your Apple account no matter what. Here are the steps for adding a recovery contact on your iPad or iPhone:

  1. Go to your phone’s settings.
  2. Tap your profile.
  3. Select ‘Password and security’ and go to ‘Account and recovery’.
  4. Go to “Add recovery contact”.
  5. Search for the contact you want to add and tap “Add”.
  6. Your friend should receive a message that he or she has been added as an account recovery contact.

The above feature works strictly on iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey and newer. You must also have two-factor authentication enabled on your device to access the “Account Recovery” feature.

Additional FAQs

How do I change the email address I use as my Apple ID?

To change the email address you use as your Apple ID, follow these steps:

1. Open the browser on your device and go to Apple’s ID page.

2. Log into your account with your current Apple account credentials.

3. Go to the “Sign-in & Security” tab and click on the “Apple ID” section.

4. Key in the new email address.

5. Click the “Change Apple ID” button to finish.

What if I forgot my Apple ID phone number?

If you forgot your Apple ID phone number, follow these steps to recover it:

1. Sign out of all Apple devices where you are currently signed in with your Apple ID.

2. Go to your browser and open appleid.app.com.

3. Sign in to your account with your credentials.

4. Select Apple ID under ‘Sign-in & security’.

5. Specify the mobile number you want to use and click the “Change Apple ID” button.

6. You should receive a verification code from Apple on the phone number you just entered. Enter the code on the website to complete.

Losing your Apple ID password isn’t the end of it

Remembering credentials for important accounts like Apple is always a good thing. However, as humans, we will occasionally forget. Fortunately, Apple makes it super easy for you to recover your account password, as long as you remember your phone number and Apple ID email address. Handily, if you have a lot of emails and you’re trying to find out which ones you used for your Apple account, you can look them up on their website.

Have you ever forgotten your Apple ID or password? What method did you use to restore it? Share your experience with us in the comments below.

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