Forgot Your Apple ID Password on iPhone and Mac? 5 Fixes
The Apple ID is a very important account for Apple users. It is the personal account you use to access Apple services such as the App Store, iTunes Store, iCloud, iMessage, and FaceTime.
Forgot your Apple ID password may fail you from unlocking the activation lock. And you can't download free or paid apps from the Apple store.
To avoid always forgetting your Apple ID password, you can try writing your password down in your Notes. Now, since you forgot your Apple ID password, just read the article below to find the fixes!
What to Do if You Forgot Your Apple ID Password?
There are many solutions to forgetting your Apple ID password, but here we offer you 5 of the easiest and most practical.
Pick the one you think is most convenient according to your situation and needs. Read on to find out how to do it!
1. Reset Apple ID Password via iPhone Settings
If you are logged into iCloud and know your iPhone's screen passcode, you can go directly to Settings to change your Apple ID password. And here is how:
- Open Settings and tap Apple ID，iCloud，Media & Purchases.
- Tap Password & Security.
- Tap Change Password and enter your iPhone passcode.
- Enter your new Apple ID password and click Change.
2. Reset Apple ID Password via WEB
Resetting your Apple ID password via the web is also a relatively easy way. However, it will ask you to enter your Apple ID account. If you forgot your Apple ID and phone number, you can click Find Apple ID and follow the on-screen steps.
If you remember your Apple ID account, you can reset your Apple ID password by following the steps below:
- Open iforgot.apple.com.
- Enter your Apple ID account, click Continue, and you will receive a pop-up message on your iPhone to reset your password.
- Click Allow and set your new Apple ID password.
3. Reset Apple ID Password via System Preferences
The third method is to reset your password via System Preferences on your Mac. If you haven’t signed in to your Apple ID on your Mac before, you can:
- Click the apple icon on the top navigation, open System Preferences, and click Sign In.
- Enter your Apple ID account, and click Forgot Apple ID or password. (Your iPhone will be notified to reset your password.)
- Tap Allow and then click Password & Security.
- Tap Change Password and enter your new Apple ID password.
If you have signed in to your Apple ID on your Mac before, you can:
- Click System Preferences on your Mac.
- Click Apple ID.
- Click Password and Security and Change Password.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the password reset process.
4. Reset Apple ID Password via Others’ iOS Device
If you lose your iPhone, you can use a friend or family's iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod touch) to reset your password. And here is how:
- Open the App Store, search for Apple Support and download it.
- Open the Apple Support App. Scroll down to Support Tools.
- Tap Reset Password and then Other Apple IDs.
- Enter your Apple ID, tap Next, and then follow the on-screen instructions.
5. Remove Apple ID via BuhoUnlocker
If your iPhone is a second-hand one and the original owner is not logged out of his Apple ID, you can use BuhoUnlocker to try to remove his Apple ID. And then you can enter your own Apple ID. It's worth noting that this method is suitable for those iPhones with the Find My feature off, or you may get stuck on the Activation Lock screen. So when performing the steps below, turning off the Find My feature may get a higher success rate.
Want to give it a try? Follow the steps below:
- Free download, install, and launch BuhoUnlocker.
- Connect your iOS device to your computer via a USB cable and click Remove Apple ID.
- Read and acknowledge the disclaimer then click the Start button.
- Click Completed after the removal process is finished.
In addition to removing your Apple ID, you may also want to explore its other surprising features. Unlocking Screen Passcode, removing the iPhone screen time passcode, removing MDM, and more.
Now that you know how to reset your Apple ID and remove your Apple ID, go ahead and do it. To avoid forgetting your Apple ID again, remember to write down your Apple ID password in a way that's convenient for you after resetting your password!
I'm Sarahi Johns, a tech enthusiast with a deep passion for all things iPhone, iPad and Mac. With expertise in crafting engaging tech content, I've authored numerous articles in the past 10 years, making me a trusted source for Apple enthusiasts.