How to reset your Apple ID password: 6 Ways explained

How to reset Apple ID password on iPhone, iPad and Mac

Apple ID is the key to all hardware and software services from Apple. And this key is protected by a password that only you know! There might be many reasons why you might be forced to reset your Apple ID password. It might be because your password got compromised or if it was too complicated to remember. As a practice, changing your Apple ID password once in a while is good for security purposes.

In all cases, you need to know how to reset your Apple ID password on your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Mac. And if you don’t know how, read along to find out.

How to reset Apple ID password on iPhone and iPad

  1. Open Settings and tap the Apple ID banner.
  2. Tap Password & Security.
  3. Select Change Password.

    tap on password and security and tap on change password in apple id on iphone
  4. Enter your iPhone or iPad passcode when asked.
  5. Type the new password twice and tap Change.

    enter new password and tap on change to reset apple id password from iphone and ipad

You can use the same steps even if you have forgotten your current Apple ID password.

Reset Apple ID password on Mac 

  1. Click the Apple logo.
  2. Choose System Preferences.
    On macOS Ventura, it is System Settings.
  3. Select Apple ID.

    On macOS Ventura, you need to click the Apple ID banner.
  4. Choose Password & Security.

    click on password and security in apple id on mac
  5. Click Change password.

    You may be required to wait some time.
  6. Enter your Mac’s password when prompted.
  7. Type the new password twice to verify it.
  8. Click Change to confirm.

    enter new password and click on change to reset apple id password from mac

Note: If you are on macOS Mojave or earlier, click iCloud → Account Details → Security → Reset Password.

You can follow the same steps even if you don’t remember your current password.

Reset Apple ID password from Apple Watch

  1. Open Settings on Apple Watch.
  2. Tap your Apple ID.
  3. Now, Tap Password & Security.
  4. Select Change Password.

    Select Change Password on Apple Watch
  5. You may be asked to enter the code sent to your Apple devices.
  6. After that, enter your current password.
  7. Then enter a new password.
  8. Verify the new password by entering it again.
  9. Tap Change to confirm.

    Change Apple ID password from Apple Watch

How to reset Apple ID password on web 

  1. Visit on a browser
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID.
    You can check Remember me to stay logged in.

    Sign in with your Apple ID on Mac
  3. Select Sign-in and Security and click Password.

    Select Sign-in and Security and Password on Mac
  4. Enter your current password.
  5. Then enter your new password.
  6. Next, enter the new password again to verify.
  7. Click Change Password to confirm.

    How to reset Apple ID password on web 

Reset Apple ID password from another device using Apple support

If you do not have access to any of your Apple products, or if you think that someone has your devices as well as your password, then you need to quickly get help from your friends or family and follow these steps:

  1. Install the Apple support app on their iPhone.
    You can also use an iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 12 or later.
  2. Scroll down and tap Reset Password.
  3. Select A different Apple ID and follow the instructions.
    If your ID is already there, select that and tap Continue.
  4. Enter the Apple ID and password.
  5. Enter any of the linked numbers and tap Done.
  6. Tap Next.

    Enter any linked numbers in Apple support app on iPhone
  7. Select any of the following options:
    • Done: Upon clicking this option, a password reset link will be sent to any of your devices. Choose this if you have access to the device. After selecting this option, follow the instructions to reset your Apple ID password.
    • Cannot access your Apple devices? To continue the password reset process on that device. If you select this, follow along.
  8. Select Send Code to Trusted Number.
  9. Enter the Verification code.

    Enter the Verification code in Apple support
  10. Now, enter the passcode of the iPhone logged in with your Apple ID.
    If you forgot your iPhone Passcode, we have got a detailed guide on how to reset it.
  11. Next, enter the new password.
  12. Type the password again to verify.
  13. Tap Next to confirm.

    Change Apple ID password from another device using Apple support app

Visit Apple Store to change Apple ID password

What? Is no one ready to give you their iPhone to reset the Apple ID password? Well, as life would have it, sometimes we have to fight our battles alone. But don’t give up hope; if no one is there for you, you have Apple Support (For issues related to Apple Products, not life). You can visit the nearest Apple Store and get help from there.

Do keep in mind that you will require an account recovery contact so that they can help you reset your password. 

Change your child’s Apple ID password

Along with changing your Apple ID password, you can also change the password of your child’s Apple ID if you have added them through Family Sharing.

  1. Open SettingsApple ID.
  2. Tap Family and select your child’s account.
  3. Now, tap Change (child’s) Password.
  4. Next, enter the new password.

Keep in mind this feature only works for those who have already set up Family Sharing on their Apple ID.

What to do if you have forgotten your Apple ID password?

All the methods mentioned above are useful if you know your current password. But if you have a volatile memory like me, who easily forgets the password, then visit the official page to fix this issue.

We have already mentioned the steps on what to do if you already have an iPhone or a Mac. Here’s what you need to do if you forget Apple ID password on a new device:

On a new device

Brought a new Apple device, and when you were about to log in with your Apple ID, you remembered that you forgot your Apple ID password (the irony). Don’t panic; enter your Apple ID, and tap the Forgot Apple ID or password? option, and then follow the on-screen instructions.


Q. Does changing Apple ID password change it on all devices? 

Yes. Once you change your Apple ID password, it will be reflected in all other devices logged with it since it is linked with iCloud.

Q. How long does it take to reset Apple id password? 

Depending on the method, you can reset your Apple ID password anywhere between 5-15 mins.

Q. Why do I have to wait 27 days to reset my Apple ID password? 

If you have seen this prompt, Apple may be concerned about your account security and pushed this prompt for security reasons.

That’s it!

In our busy lives, it is natural to forget things like Apple ID password, GF/BF’s birthday date, project deadlines, and much more. While I do have a solution for the first, it’s upon you to figure out how to solve the other issues. Additionally, resetting your Apple ID password once in a while also ensures your account is protected from hacking and malicious apps and websites. If you still have any doubts or queries, let me know in the comments.

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