iPhone keeps asking for Apple ID password (8 Ways to fix)

iPhone keeps asking for Apple ID password

After updating to the latest iOS version, your iPhone may continuously ask for your Apple ID password.

The possible reasons behind this issue could be a failed download or a problem with your account settings in iCloud, iMessage, FaceTime, or the App Store.

Don’t fret! In this article, I’ll walk you through what you can do when your iPhone keeps asking for your Apple ID password!

  1. Restart your iPhone
  2. Update your software
  3. Check your apps update
  4. Turn off iMessage and FaceTime
  5. Sign out from Apple ID and iCloud
  6. Reset your Apple ID password
  7. Reset all settings
  8. Backup and restore your iPhone

1. Restart your iPhone

Restarting is an essential process that many people overlook. But it works in fixing several kinds of software problems. If your iPhone keeps asking for an Apple Account password, restart it using the proper buttons. Here’s how you can do it. Go to SettingsGeneralShut Down.

shutdown your iphone

After a minute or so, turn your phone on, and the problem may be resolved. If not, try the next solution

2. Update your software

Apple introduces multiple bug fixes with every new version of iOS, and staying on an older version may be the cause of your problem. In such a situation, I recommend updating to the latest version of iOS.

  1. Open Settings, then tap General.
  2. Now, tap Software Update. If you have a pending update, tap Download and Install.


3. Check for app updates

The process to check for third-party app updates changed slightly in iOS. But it remains smooth and accessible.

Long press on the App Store icon and then tap Updates. If you have app updates, tap UPDATE next to individual apps. You can also tap Update All.

You may be prompted to enter your Apple ID password when downloading or updating apps. Try reading our guide covering how to download free apps without a password.

long press on app store icon tap on updates from menu and then tap update all

4. Turn off iMessage and FaceTime

Temporarily switching iMessage and FaceTime off might work. Here’s how:

  1. Open Settings and tap Messages.open settings and tap on messages on iphone
  2. From the top, turn off iMessage.turn off imessages on iphone
  3. Now go back to Settings again and navigate to FaceTime.go back to settings and tap on facetime
  4. Turn off FaceTime.turn off facetime on iphone

Now restart your phone and re-enable these services by following the steps above. After you’re done, your iPhone may stop asking for an Apple ID password randomly.

5. Sign out from Apple ID and iCloud

  1. Open Settings and tap the Apple ID banner at the top of the screen.
  2. Scroll to the end and tap Sign Out.open settings tap on apple id and tap on sign out
  3. Enter your Apple ID password. Next, tap Turn Off.enter apple id password and tap on turn off
  4. You may choose to keep a copy of your Calendars, Contacts, and Keychain. Toggle them on according to your preferences. Finally, tap Sign Out and confirm.enable options and sign out on apple id and icloud on iphone
  5. Restart your iPhone.
  6. Open Settings and tap Sign in to your iPhone. Enter your Apple ID, password, and follow the on-screen instructions.

6. Reset your Apple ID password

  1. Launch Settings and tap your Apple ID at the top of the screen.
  2. Tap Password & Security.open settings tap on apple id and tap on password and security
  3. Tap Change password. Enter your iPhone’s passcode if asked.
  4. Enter a new (and secure) Apple ID password. Re-enter it and tap Change.reset apple id password on iphone

Restart your iPhone, and the issue of your iPhone randomly asking for an iCloud password might no longer disturb you.

7. Reset all settings

This process will reset your iPhone to its default configuration. This includes erasing Wi-Fi passwords, Bluetooth devices, location settings, VPN configuration, keyboard settings, and much more. However, it will not delete any personal data. Still, I recommend making a backup save before proceeding.

8. Backup and restore your iPhone

  1. Open Settings and tap General. After this, tap Reset.open settings tap on general and then tap on reset
  2. Next, tap Reset All Settings, enter your device password, and confirm.reset all settings on iphone in ios 13

It’s a bit of a lengthy process with two main parts – back up and then restore (check out our detailed guides). Here’s a quick recap:

1. Backup iPhone to iCloud: For this, open Settings → tap Apple ID at the top of the screen → iCloud → scroll down and tap iCloud Backup → toggle on iCloud Backup → tap Backup Now. Wait for the backup to complete.

backup your iphone to icloud

2. Backup iPhone to a Mac or PC: Unlock your iPhone and connect it to a computer. Trust the computer if prompted. In iTunes (for Windows PCs and older Macs), click on the iPhone logo. In Finder (on a Mac running macOS Catalina or later), click on your iPhone name from the left Sidebar.

Click on Device Name in Finder on Mac

Now, under the General tab, click Back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac.

Click on General and Then Click on Back up All Data on Your iPhone to This Mac

Choose Encrypt local backup and enter the password to secure it. Finally, click Back Up Now.

Encrypt Local Backup and Click on Set Password in Finder on Mac
Backup iPhone on Mac Running macOS Catalina

3. Before resetting, we need to turn off Find My iPhone: To do this, open Settings → tap the Apple ID bannerFind MyFind My iPhone.

tap on find my and then tap on find my iphone

Now, turn off Find My iPhone → Enter your iPhone passcode, and tap Turn Off.

disable find my iphone

4. Erase everything: Open Settings and tap General. Next, tap ResetErase All Content and Settings. Enter your iPhone password and confirm.

tap on erase all content and settings tap on erase now and enter password
use screen time passcode tap on erase iphone and enter apple id password and tap on erase

5. After the erase completes, you have to set up your iPhone again. Follow the on-screen instructions. On the screen that says ‘Apps and Data,’ choose Restore from iCloud Backup or Restore from Mac or PC accordingly.

restore iphone from icloud backup

I hope one of these solutions put an end to your iPhone constantly asking for your Apple ID Password. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below. We’ll do our best to help you!

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Marcus is a freelance tech writer/editor with a focus on succinctly explaining consumer devices and their software. His previous work has been published on MakeUseOf where he covered everything from iOS to Git and UI design.

  1. Not backing up my Apple device is what caused mine to repeatedly ask for my Apple ID password.

    1. I’d recommend using a computer to back up your device. If the problem persists (and you’ve checked that your apps are up to date) reset to factory settings (after making a backup!)

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