It can feel like the end of the world if you misplace a password for an account like your Apple ID.

Your Apple ID gives you access to a lot of things. Without it, you could be locked out of your personal and professional life.

There are a few ways to reset your Apple ID password.

How to reset your Apple ID password on an iPhone or iPad

There are a number of ways to reset your Apple ID password.

Via the Settings app

1. Go into the settings app and tap your name at the top, then choose Password and Security, followed by Change password.

2. If you want to change the password on your device, you have to type in the code you used to get the device unlocked.

3. You will have to use that new password on your other Apple devices.

Screenshot highlighting the change password option in the Settings app on an iPhone.
Choose Change password.
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Using the iForgot website

1. Go to and enter your Apple ID, then hit Continue.

2. Enter your device's password, as prompted, then hit Continue.

3. If you want to change your password, hit Next or Change.

Screenshot of the main screen on the iForgot website, as viewed on an iPhone.
Enter your Apple ID to change your password.
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Through a friend's device

You can ask a friend to help you if you don't have access to your own device.

Once your friend has the Apple Support app installed, they would open it and tap Passwords and Security. They would choose a reset Apple ID password, followed by a different Apple ID. They would enter your Apple ID, set up the new password, and follow the prompts until the confirmation message appeared.

Your friend would need to make sure the Apple ID field is blank when they sign in to the Find My iPhone app. They would follow the onscreen instructions if they tapped on the Forgot Apple ID or Password button.

With two-factor authentication

If you have two-factor authentication enabled, you will need to change your password using either a device you have already approved, or a web browser.

You will need the recovery key as well. You will need to keep that handy when you set it up because Apple cannot give you a recovery key.

The same steps are used for the Apple ID password reset. You would be prompted to enter your recovery key instead of your device password.

How to reset your Apple ID password on a Mac

1. You can hit System Preferences from the Apple menu located in the top left corner of the screen.

2. You can choose Apple ID. If you have earlier versions of macOS, then you need to go to iCloud.

Screenshot highlighting the Apple ID section in a Mac's System Preferences.
Choose Apple ID.
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3. Password and Security are followed by Change Password for older operating systems.

Screenshot highlighting the Password & Security sidebar for a Mac's Apple ID section.
Choose Password & Security.
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4. If prompted, enter an administrator's account password and click Ok.

5. Click Change if you want to change your password.

Screenshot of the screen that allows you to change your Apple ID on a Mac.
Enter your new password twice.
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You could use the iForgot website to reset your Apple ID password on a Mac.

How to reset your Apple ID using Apple's account recovery feature

Apple has a new recovery feature that allows you to reset your Apple ID via trusted contacts. Make sure your devices are up to date before using this feature.

Here is how to choose trusted contacts.

1. You can tap your name at the top of the screen if you go into the settings app.

2. Password and security can be tapped.

3. Choose Account Recovery.

Screenshot highlighting the account recovery option in the Settings app of an iPhone.
Tap Account Recovery.
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4. You can add recovery contact twice.

Screenshot of the data recovery section on an iPhone.
Select Add Recovery Contact.
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5. You can choose the recovery contacts by entering your Apple ID password.

If you get locked out of your phone, you can simply call a trusted recovery contact from your phone, and they will send you a code to get back in.