What is Two-Factor Authentication for Apple ID?
Are you aware of how to setup or enable two-factor authentication for your Apple ID?
In terms of security, two-factor authentication is a kind of security that is available for Apple device users for better security. Let me explain how two-factor authentication works for an Apple ID.
For instance, if two-factor authentication is turned on for Apple ID then, whenever you will login your Apple ID to any new device (laptop, phone, etc.), Apple will send you an authentication code for verification.
You need to allow on your mobile device and will show you a six-digit code which needs to submit on the new login device.
Two-factor authentication code will be sent to your registered number with Apple. Then after, Apple allows you to login into Apple account.
This article will show you the step-by-step guide to enable two-factor authentication for Apple ID. Checkout below image that shows Apple two-factor authentication:
Why Do We Enable Two-Factor Authentication for Apple ID? How it Works?
As everyone know, Apple provides high-security features in its devices such as Apple Mac desktops, laptops, iPhones, iPads, etc. all over the world in comparison to other security devices.
We recommend every Apple user to enable two-factor authentication for Apple devices to make your personal data (iCloud, iTunes, Photos, etc.) Secure.
By any chance, if someone got your Apple ID password and two-factor authentication is enabled for your Apple ID, in that case that person won’t be able to login into your Apple account without an authentication code that makes your Apple ID account protected.
By this way, you will get to know that someone is trying to access your Apple ID account, you can immediately change your Apple ID password, if needed.
Though, it’s an optional feature for users if they want to set up two-factor authentication or not.
The person who is concerned about their account security, recommend you to configure or enable two-factor authentication for Apple ID.
System Requirements to Enable Two-Factor Authentication
Two-factor authentication feature is not enabled on old Apple devices.
So, before you start this process to enable two-factor authentication for your Apple ID, make sure you meet the below system requirements for the devices that you use with your Apple ID:
- Mac with OS X El Capitan (version 10.11.5) and installed iTunes 12.3 or later
- Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 9 or later
- Windows PC with iCloud for Windows and installed iTunes 12.3.3 or later
- Apple Watch with watch OS 2 or later
If your device fulfilled above requirements then, follow the next step and configure, setup or enable two-factor authentication for Apple ID.
Setup or Enable Two-Factor Authentication for Apple ID
In this following article, will show you that how you to enable Apple ID two-factor authentication by using an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac with OS X El Capitan or later.
Follow the steps if using an Apple Mac with OS X El Capitan or later:
- Go to the Apple Menu to the left top on the screen
- Select “System Preferences”
- Then, select iCloud –> Account Details
- Click “Security” –> click Turn on Two-Factor Authentication
Follow below steps on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch to turn on the two-factor authentication for an Apple ID.
Note: While doing below process, Apple might ask you to answer your Apple ID security questions for verification purpose.
a) If you are using an iOS version 10.2 or earlier then, follow below steps on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch:
Tap on Settings –> iCloud –> click your Apple ID –> Password & Security –> Tap “Turn on Two-Factor Authentication” –> Tap Continue
b) If you are using iOS version 10.3 or later then, follow below steps:
Tap on Settings –> (Your Name) –> Password & Security –> Tap “Turn on Two-Factor Authentication” –> Tap Continue.
Once you Tap on Continue. It ask you to enter phone number where you want to receive future verification codes when you sign-in to any device.
There is an option to choose the verification method (Text message or automated Phone call). Choose appropriate and click Next.
The moment you tap a next button, Apple sends a verification code to you on the phone number you provided.
Once you receive the verification code, submit the verification code to verify your provided phone number and turn on or enable two-factor authentication for Apple ID.
Apple ID 2-Factor Authentication Enabled Successfully
By configuring with above steps, you have successfully enabled two-factor authentication for Apple ID.
Now on whenever you will try to login your Apple ID to any new device, you will be receiving an authentication code from an Apple server for verification. Once you verify the 6-digit code then Apple allows you to sign-in to Apple account.
Congratulations! Your Apple account is secure now.
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