Using a Recovery Key with iCloud

With two-factor authentication enabled and access to an Apple device already logged into an Apple ID account, it is possible to generate a recovery key.

Having a recovery key is a safeguard for data stored in iCloud. If a recovery key exists, there is no way to reset an Apple Password without access to the recovery key and an already trusted Apple device.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > [your name] > Password & Security. You might need to enter your Apple ID password.
  2. Tap Recovery Key.
  3. Slide to turn on Recovery Key.
  4. Tap Use Recovery Key and enter your device passcode.
  5. Write down your recovery key and keep it in a safe place.
  6. Confirm your recovery key by entering it on the next screen.

On your Mac

  1. Go to System Preferences > Apple ID > Account Details. You might need to enter your Apple ID password.
  2. Click Security.
  3. In the Recovery Key section, click Turn On.
  4. Click Use Recovery Key.
  5. Write down your recovery key and keep it in a safe place.
  6. Click Continue.
  7. Confirm your recovery key by entering it on the next screen.

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