How to fix “Update Apple ID Settings” issue on iPhone

How to fix Update Apple ID Settings issue on iPhone

After you change your Apple ID password or update your iPhone, you might be getting a message that says, “Update Apple ID Settings. Some account services will not be available until you sign in again.” You aren’t alone! Several people faced this problem in 2020.

The easiest way to resolve it is to tap Continue and enter the Apple ID password. However, in rare cases, this might not make the notification go away.

We have rounded up most effective solutions to help you out. But first, let us understand the reason behind it.

Why iPhone keeps asking to “Update Apple ID Settings”

The possible reasons for this could be:

  • You changed your Apple ID password or made some modifications to the Apple ID credentials.
  • Some Apple ID information is incomplete or not updated.
  • You changed the device password of the current iPhone or another iPhone, iPad, or Mac linked to your Apple ID.
  • You added new fingerprints for Touch ID or a new appearance for Face ID.
  • Recently, you updated to a newer version of iOS.
  • Sometimes this notification appears randomly and stays persistently. This may be because of a temporary bug in the iOS or an error registered during everyday use.

Let’s us jump to the fixes!

7 Tips to fix “Update Apple ID Settings” error on iPhone

  1. Restart or Force Restart your iPhone
  2. Ensure the Apple ID is correct
  3. Check Apple’s server status
  4. Sign out of iCloud and sign in again
  5. Update the required Apple ID information
  6. Update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS
  7. Reset all settings

1. Restart or Force Restart your iPhone

For several users, the notification stays even after you enter the correct Apple ID password. But once you restart the iPhone, it goes away. I would advise you to do the same before proceeding to the following solutions.

If a restart does not solve the problem, follow solution number two, three, and four below. Then force restart your iPhone before following the rest of the solutions.

2. Ensure the Apple ID is correct

Open iPhone Settings and tap your name at the top. Below the circular picture, you will see your name and the Apple ID. Ensure this is the correct one. If not, learn how to change Apple ID on iPhone and iPad.

Ensure Apple ID is correct on your iPhone

If you have recently updated or changed the device passcode of your other Apple devices, you might see a similar notification on those as well. Enter the correct Apple ID and its password on your other iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

3. Check Apple’s server status

On rare occasions, Apple’s server might be under maintenance, which prevents this notification’s successful clearance even after authenticating it correctly with the Apple ID password.

In this situation, head over to Apple’s System Status page and look for a green dot next to App Store, Apple ID, iCloud Account & Sign In, etc. If they are under maintenance, wait until Apple fixes this.

4. Sign out of iCloud and sign in again

This is one of the sure-shot solutions when the “update apple id settings” notification is stuck. Let me show you how to proceed with this fix.

  1. Open iPhone Settings and tap your name at the top.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap Sign Out.
  3. To disable Find My iPhone, enter your Apple ID password, and tap Turn Off.
    You can choose to keep a copy of Calendars, Contacts, Keychain, and Safari or not. If you already used iCloud for these, they will sync once again when you sign in.
  4. Next, tap Sign Out and confirm.

    Sign out of iCloud on your iPhone via Settings app
  5. Now, restart your iPhone. (important)
  6. Open iPhone Settings again and tap Sign in to your iPhone.
  7. Enter your Apple ID, password, iPhone passcode (if asked), and Merge or Don’t Merge to complete the re-sign in process.

    Open iPhone Settings and tap Sign in to your iPhone

Your iPhone will no longer continue notifying “update apple id settings.”

Note: In step 3, if it says, ‘Sign out is not available due to restrictions,’ go back to the main Settings app screen and tap Screen Time and turn it off.

5. Update the required Apple ID information like shipping, payment, etc.

The payment options like credit card, debit card, and others linked to your Apple ID may have reached past their expiry date. Thus, it is vital to ensure that you have updated the information here.

Follow the quick steps below or head over to our detailed post on changing or updating your Apple ID payment method.

  1. Open the iPhone Settings app and tap your name at the top.
  2. Tap Payment & Shipping.
  3. Enter your Apple ID password and update the details here if they are outdated.
  4. Note: You do not have to add a payment method, if not already. You can continue choosing ‘None’ as a payment option.

    Update Apple ID information like shipping and payment from iPhone Settings app

6. Update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS

In the initial paragraphs, you read that you see this red notification after updating your iPhone. But if you have been ignoring this message for a long time and a new iOS version has been released in the meantime, please consider updating.

Plus, if this issue happened due to any other reason, updating the iOS will come in handy.

  1. Open iPhone Settings and tap General.
  2. Tap Software Update.
  3. Tap Download and Install or Install Now if the update file is already downloaded.

    tap on general and then tap on software update in ios 14 settings on iphone

7. Reset all settings

This will not erase or alter personal data like photos, videos, music, apps, etc. However, several settings that you had changed over the course of using the iPhone will reset to default.

  1. Open iPhone Settings and tap General.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap Reset.
  3. Tap Reset All Settings, authenticate with iPhone passcode and confirm.

    Reset All Settings on iPhone

After it completes, you will stop getting a message to update Apple ID settings on your iPhone.

These were the tested solutions to fix the “update apple id settings” stuck issue. If you have further questions, shoot them in the comments section below.

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  1. Is your Apple ID shared across multiple Apple devices? Those devices will probably also have the “Update Apple ID Settings” problem. Try and fix it on all devices simultaneously. It worked for me; hopefully, it will work for you as well.

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