How to Enable Two-Step Verification for Your Apple ID

Our Apple ID account contains sensitive personal and financial information. If someone were to guess your password and security question answers, they could possibly access and change your Apple ID information and make iTunes and App Store purchases as you. If you want to keep that information extra secure, consider enabling Two-Step Verification This will prevent anyone from using your Apple account even if they know your password. Here's how:

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In an Internet browser, go to My Apple ID, click on Manage Your Apple ID, and sign in. (Here's how to reset your password if you forgot your Apple ID)

Click on Password and Security. Answer your security questions and then under Two Step Verification, click Get Started.

Apple will email you a verification code, which you will need to enter in order to continue.

Once you enter the code, you will need to wait three days before you can complete signing up. Apple will send an email letting you know when the waiting period is over.

After the waiting period is complete, sign back in at My Apple ID, click on Password and Security, answer your security questions, and then click Get Started under Two Step Verification.

Enter your phone number. Apple will text you a verification code.

Enter the code and you will be given a Recovery Key.

Print the Recovery Key and store it in a safe place.

Confirm your Recovery Key.

Check the box and click Enable Two-Step Verification

From now on, any time you make a purchase or access your account, Apple will text you a verification code that must be entered before you can proceed. And no one can access your Apple account without two of the three following things:

  1. Your password
  2. Your verified iDevice
  3. Your Recovery Key

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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor of iPhone Life magazine. Previously she wrote for and was the Associate Editor of the Iowa Source for many years.