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How to Fix iCloud Keychain Requesting Approval

If you own an Apple device such as an iPhone or iPad, sometimes a notification might appear on screen asking you to approve iCloud from another device or enter your iCloud passcode. This message can appear for some reasons. The keychain, which stores all your passwords on the device securely, might be corrupt or needs to be verified. Here is how you do it.

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Verify iCloud Keychain from your Apple Device

On iPhone or iPad

Launch Settings, swipe down to iCloud, tap iCloud, then toggle off iCloud Keychain. Reboot your Apple device.
Step 1

Launch Settings again, then toggle on iCloud Keychain. You will be prompted to enter your passcode. If you don’t have a passcode setup, you can do so now or use an existing code. Since I already have one, I will enter it.

Step 2  Step 3

This is a tricky part I discovered with Apples iCloud SMS verification. For international users, if your phone number is not accepted, do not change the country code from the US. Instead, just enter the area code followed by your phone number.

 Step 4 

Enter your iCloud password then tap OK.

 Step 5

That’s it; you won’t be bothered anymore for approval request.

 Step 6

For OS X users, launch System Preferences, click iCloud then click Account Details. Enter your password then click OK.

 OS X Step 1

Click Reset iCloud Keychain.

 OS X Step 2

Enter your passcode then click Next.

 OS X Step 4

Enter your phone number then click OK. Prompts to approve your device should no longer appear, well for now at least.

 OS X Step 5

Check out our other articles about iCloud, such as setting up the client on Windows 10. Another important feature of iCloud for iPhone users is Find My iPhone, which makes it easy to find your device if it’s lost or stolen.

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8 Responses to How to Fix iCloud Keychain Requesting Approval

  1. Owen October 31, 2016 at 7:19 am #

    But how do I turn it off completely? My work computer is a Mac (OS X) and I don’t want it connected to my personal iCloud. Every day multiple times it asks me to enter my iCloud password and I click “cancel,” only to have it continue to nag me day after day.

  2. Veronica November 2, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

    You have been so helpful, I’m extremely happy I stumbled onto this. Thank you!

  3. Kara November 14, 2016 at 9:32 am #

    My iCloud Keychain is already turned off, I have never turned it on. Can you tell me how to “Approve This iPhone” without the Keychain already turned off?

    • Barbara April 10, 2017 at 6:24 am #

      My question, too!

      • Steph May 18, 2017 at 1:44 pm #

        AND MINE. Still stuck permanently on “Approve this iphone.”

  4. Rosalyn November 20, 2016 at 4:01 am #

    This is so damn nagging everytime i tries to use my News iPad it’s saying i need to aprove this iPad from another device how can i do that if i don’t have another devce that has iCloud .

  5. Catherine Mullinax December 9, 2016 at 12:23 am #

    Exactly! I don’t HAVE another ios device! This is so obnoxious

  6. Mike H. January 5, 2017 at 10:37 pm #

    Apple needs to fix this – my IBM-based laptop is connected to the iCloud, but there isn’t a way to approve other devices as the iPhone is demanding. How stupid!

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