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.
Let’s fix iPhone Keeps Asking for Apple ID Password Issue
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.
On your iPhone 7/7 Plus, you need to press and hold the side button and volume down button.
On your iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, XR press and release volume up button, press and release volume down button. Then, press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo on the screen.
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.
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.
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.)
In 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.
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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