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Enable Two-Step Verification for Your Apple Account

Recently Apple joined the growing list of online services that have been incorporating Two Factor Authentication security feature. Here’s how to set it up and use it with your Apple ID.

What is Two Factor Authentication?

Two Factor Authentication also called Two-Step verification is adding a second layer of security to help protect your online account. For example, when you log in to your online bank account, you need to enter a password and a PIN or password, and answer a question that’s unique to only you. To learn more about Two Factor Authentication, check out our other articles on how to use it with other online services:

Enable Two-Step Verification for your Apple ID

To add the extra layer of security to your Apple account, go to the My Apple ID page, and click Manage Your Apple ID. Then sign in with your Apple ID.

My Apple ID

On the next page select Password and Security.

PW and Security

On the right side of the screen, click the Get Started link.

Get Started

Now you’ll need to go through a few pages where Apple explains what Two-Step Verification means for your account. The last page will have some important things to note about how Apple does it. Click Get started.

Important

Type in the number of your smartphone.

add number

Then you’ll get a notification on your phone with a four-digit code, type that in and click Continue.

Verification Code

Next you’ll get a Recovery Key. Make sure to print it out and store it somewhere safe. Apple makes a point of reminding you about this, and advises you to not even keep it on your computer for security reasons. If you ever forget your password or lose the smartphone you resisted, the only way to get in will be with the Recovery Key. To make sure you take this key seriously, Apple makes you retype it in. You can’t use a copy and paste option either.

Confirm Security Key

For the last step, you’ll need to agree to the conditions and click Enable Two-Step Verification.

Verify You Agree and Enable

Now when you want to make changes to your Apple ID, change your ID, or get ID support, you’ll need to use the Two-Step Verification process.

Verify your Identity

Two-Step Verification can be painful at times, but it definitely adds an important layer of extra security to your online accounts. We advise enabling it on every service online that supports it.

Note: Two-Step Verification isn’t available in all countries. According to Apple:

Initially, two-step verification is being offered in the U.S., UK, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand. Additional countries will be added over time.

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One Response to Enable Two-Step Verification for Your Apple Account

  1. SimonH March 27, 2013 at 6:29 am #

    Thanks Brian,

    I didn’t know about this but will be setting it up on my account right away.

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