iPhone Keeps Asking For Apple ID Password: How Do I Fix This?

Your iPhone keeps asking for Apple ID password repeatedly, making you wonder why it’s happening. Take it easy! We have also been on this path on a few occasions and hence can help you get rid of this irritating popup.

This usually happens after an update or maybe after you’ve restored your iPhone. Even otherwise, let’s check this out: your iPhone keeps asking for the Apple ID password. Nothing is downloading, there are no wrong passwords, there’s no problem with your account. And yet you keep getting this pop-up which makes life unbearable with the iPhone.

It’s usually a case of failed downloads which aren’t directly visible on the home screen. Sometimes it’s a problem with your account settings: either in iCloud or iMessage/FaceTime or in the App Store. Let’s try to fix this as smoothly as possible. If it doesn’t look smooth, my apologies.

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How Do I Fix This Issue: iPhone Keeps Asking for Apple ID Password!

Reboot your iPhone

Yeah, the same little trick that comes handy in fixing several miscellaneous issues. Give it a go before going for radical steps.

Press and hold the side button and Home button simultaneously.

How to Restart-Reboot iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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On your iPhone 7/7 Plus, you need to press and hold the side button and volume down button.

Reboot iPhone 7-7 Plus

On your iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X, press and release volume up button, press and release volume down button.  Then, press and hold the side button until you see Apple logo on the screen.

Hard Reboot iPhone X, 8 Plus, and 8

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After your device has rebooted, you may get the Apple ID password popup again. Simply enter it one last time and you are done. Hopefully, it won’t return again!

Sign out of Apple ID and Sign Back In

Still getting that annoying popup? Trying signing out of your Apple ID and signing back in. The fresh start might troubleshoot the problem.

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iOS device → Apple ID banner.

Step #2. Scroll down and tap on Sign Out. Enter your Apple ID password and select Turn Off.

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Step #3. Next, you can choose to keep a copy of your data on this iPhone or remove it. Keep the data on the device. To do so turn on the toggles next to Calendars, Contacts, Reminders, and Safari. Then, tap on Sign Out and confirm.

Check Out Your Purchased Apps

Check out your purchased apps to ensure nothing is hanging in a failed download or something. Open App Store → Your profile → Purchased. I recommend you to take a peek at both the apps that are available on your device and the ones that are not available.

Besides, tap on the Updates tab and then update all the apps.

Try Reactivating Your iMessage and FaceTime

If things are still the same, you’re probably going to have to check out iMessage and FaceTime under Settings. Both iMessage and FaceTime use your Apple ID even if you’re not using these services (but have them turned on). There might be some problem with the account information or activation.

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Try turning these off (I know it can be cranky to get them back ON, but you’ll have to try it!). If it works, then Voila! You’ve fixed the source of the issue. Re-activate iMessage and FaceTime with your correct Apple ID and password. (Settings → Messages/FaceTime)

No Respite As Yet? Reset Your Device to Factory Settings

If the problem is yet to be fixed, reset your iPhone to factory default. Cleaning up the existing settings might do the trick.

You can also try resetting the iPhone without erasing the data. (Settings → General → Reset → Reset Settings.)

Tap Settings General on iPhone

Reset All Settings on iPhoneIn all probability, you’ve tried this. If the iPhone still keeps asking for the Apple ID password, head over to the next one.

Reset your Apple ID Password

Step #1. Launch Safari and head over to appleid.apple.com. Then, enter wrong password and select Forgot password.

Step #2. Now, you have to select email authentication or answer Security Questions.

Step #3. Go ahead with the instructions. In the end, enter a new password and confirm.

Update iOS on your Device

Updating your device to the latest iOS version may prove to be helpful. More often than not software updates come with bug fixes and performance improvements. Hence, it would be wise to give it a chance as well. Settings → General → Software Update.

Restore Your iPhone as New

If you have traveled so far, it means there is something seriously wrong. They say, “Drastic times call for drastic measures.” And you should embrace this painful solution wholeheartedly as it has worked for many. Hopefully, you may not be the exception to it.

But before going for this big holistic solution make sure to back up your device.

Step #1. Connect your device to computer and fire up iTunes.

Step #2. Select your iPhone from top left menu. Now, click on Back Up Now.

Step #3. Once your device has been backed up, hit the Restore iPhone.

Restore iPhone 8-8 Plus using iTunes

After you have successfully restored your device, the issue would be gone and gone forever—hopefully!

Have your say

So, which one of the tricks clicked for you? Were you able to resolve the issue with a simple solution or had you to try out a radical remedy? Do let us know that in the comments.

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Dhvanesh Adhiyahttps://www.igeeksblog.com
Dhvanesh Adhiya is our editor-in-chief and reviewer who takes care of iGeeksBlog.com. He is passionate for wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.

40 COMMENTS

  1. Sure sounds like that Clash of Clans issue with Game Center they have been talking about on the Apple support boards. IMHO bad programing on Apple’s part to allow any program to turn off your iCloud account and nuke your contacts on your iPhone.

  2. I’m traveling abroad and, for saving battery, i turned off wi-fi and I have no connection to an internet provider. Now it keeps nagging for my AppleID password to connect to Facetime and won’t let me access the Settings on anything else! I know that when I come back to US I’ll have my LTE connection and will be able to enter my AppleID password and access my phone normally, but this is damn frustrating! IOS should recognize that if the phone has no internet access to login to the user’s account, it won’t try to use Facetime or any other app that may require an AppleID!

    • Did you try all the steps we mentioned in the post? You can try turning
      off FaceTime (after rebooting) or deleting your Apple ID account from
      FaceTime settings… If the problem persists, the last thing you can
      try is this: connect to a Wifi network, login once and that should fix
      it.

      • Hey there,iv red all the stuff mentioned above bt my problem is my apple id is correct n its working on iphone bt not on ipad bt only for itunes and appstore.. When ever i got to settings,appstore n itunes,put my password it loads n nofing happens. This is happening from couple ov months n im unable to download apps on my ipad plz somebody help!!!!!

  3. But what if you can’t even get to anywhere on your iPad to actually turn off iCloud? I’m being prompted to sign into FaceTime with my Apple ID and can’t get it to go away.

  4. Hi I am trying to erase all content and setting in order to unlock my iPhone 5. This is per my service provider’s advice. My Apple ID and password which works otherwise has problems here. I have reset password several times to no avail. Have also tried this password for FaceTime and imsg. It works fine there. Appreciate your thoughts.

  5. im not sure if this is the same problem everyone has been having as me but if so i I’ve cracked it….. Firstly make sure you do a back up of your device from going into settings then iCloud then scroll to the bottom and click on back up then select Back Up Now once completed you have a unto date copy of everything most recent. right here go’s, when I set my apple id up from day go i used an email that i now don’t use anymore as my id because I’ve changed it since because of a new email account, so first things first make sure you’ve done everything to updating all your apple id details etc with new id email address which in this case you probably would have because this is why we are having this problem in the first place. So every time i get a upgrade the phone asks for me to put the password in for a old email id!! the reason being is because you purchased apps on the old email id. Don’t worry you won’t loose those apps. What you now need to do is connect your phone to iTunes click on apps & uninstall all of them, yes I know its a pain but its the answer your looking for. Now you can either wipe the phone which i recommend is the best because your starting a fresh or you can just sign out of iCloud by removing details. Now restore which ever choice you go for as I said its best to wipe and start fresh you need to follow the on screen set up of country & wifi connections etc It will then as you to put your apple id in this is the one you’ve been trying to use not the old one that kept showing then your password as i found it will then restore with all your new details without mentioning the old id. one all done connect back to computer & reinstall all the apps you want back on the phone. Basically all your device is doing is getting confused between apps you’ve purchase over the years via the old id & apps you currently purchase on the new id so removing all app and restoring phone re applying them I guarantee it will solve all your problems. well it did mine happy days.

  6. I am using IOS8 and this thing just happened yesterday. Now, I can’t open any apps on my iPad. Not even Facebook or Mctube. When I click on the app icon, it only shows the background of the app and loads a pop up asking for Apple id and password. When I entered the Apple ID, it closed immediately. When I opened again, same things happened. Please help me. What should I do?

  7. i forgot my passcode on my iphone 4 so i restored and started it back up but now it go through all the settings and asking me for the apple id that was used on this phone but i cannot rember it nor the email i used to set it up any tips

  8. Thanks so much. My phone was becoming unusable – it was asking for my password every few minutes. Signing out of FaceTime seems (I hope) to have done the trick

  9. Ty very much rebooting is not work on my phone but i reset my all phone setting then afterwrds it work tyyyy :)

  10. Hey there,iv red all the stuff mentioned above bt my problem is my apple id is correct n its working on iphone bt not on ipad bt only for itunes and appstore.. When ever i got to settings,appstore n itunes,put my password it loads n nofing happens. This is happening from couple ov months n im unable to download apps on my ipad plz somebody help!!!!! Plz

  11. so I have attempted to do ALL of these things, the problem is, I can’t do any of them because it says my password is wrong, which is what brought me to this page to begin with. If I could sign out or delete account I would be golden, but you NEED to password for all of these things, which is why the stupid pop up keeps occurring.

  12. Thank you, followed every stage. Looks like it’s fixed.
    Why don’t Apple admit to this most irritating problem??

  13. What to do if iPhone 6s is prompting itunes password for account which i dont own? it has somebody else’s e-mail. I cannot remove that account, because i dont see t anywhere… it just keep asking password for that… icloud works ok with my apple id.

  14. Thanks for the info. Sounds like quite a bit to go through to make iOS9 work properly. I will see if an update of the OS works. I have long since lost patience with iOS and will go back to an Android phone next time around, or even a Windows Phone. Seems that iOS9 is simply half-baked goods.
    I will just hit cancel each time and leave it at that. Too expensive a phone trade-in or sell right now, as I am sure of losing over 50% in under a years use. Oh well, it work — not as good as Android, but it works. Notifications and the Camera are pretty good.

  15. What a bunch of crap suggestions…. None of those work longterm and a couple of them are nonsense. “Change your ID temporarilly.” Terrible advice. Apple needs to address the problem.

    • It’s funny how every solution should be either reset or wipe everything when we all know this log in prompt is apple’s way of business..it’s not going away as much as you want it to…

  16. Awesome suggestions, thank you for these. It sounds like a lot of people, like MJJames, are upset with Apple. But lucky for us, you have some solutions. I did a reboot and it’s working like a charm for now.

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