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(Pocket-lint) - Those of you with an Apple ID know how crucial it is when you also own an Apple device or want to use an Apple service such as the App Store, iCloud, iMessage, FaceTime, and Apple Music. Heck, an Apple ID is required when you set up any new Apple device. But sometimes your Apple ID's password can be compromised or maybe you forgot it. Either way, you should change it now just to be sure and secure.

How to reset your Apple ID password

Did you forget your Apple ID password, or maybe it's compromised? Here's how to regain access to your account. The quickest way is with an Apple device you're already signed in to with your Apple ID. The thing is, with this method, you'll need a passcode set up on your Apple device (or a password setup on your Mac).


iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap your name > Password and Security > Change Password.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to reset your password.


Mac, MacBook, or iMac

  1. Go to the Apple Menu > System Preferences.
  2. Then click Apple ID, and then click Password and Security.
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions.


How to reset your Apple ID on a new Apple device

If you have a new Apple device or an Apple device that you aren't signed in to with your Apple ID, you can select "Forgot Apple ID or password?" when the option appears. During device setup, you'll see this option on the Apple ID sign-in screen. After setup, you can select an app that prompts you to sign in to get to the option. Or you can follow the steps below:

  • iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch: Go to the Settings app and tap Messages.
  • Mac, MacBook, or iMac: Choose Apple menu > System Preferences. Then click Apple ID and enter your Apple ID.

Don't have an Apple device?

OK. Borrow one from a friend or family member. Or, you can visit an Apple Store.

  1. Open the Apple Support app on the borrowed Apple device.
  2. Tap Passwords and Security > Reset Apple ID password > Get Started.
  3. Tap "A different Apple ID."
  4. Enter your Apple ID and follow the on-screen instructions to reset your password.

How to reset your Apple ID password on the web

Even on the web, Apple will direct you to an Apple device. But you can still attempt a request through Apple. The company warns the process just might "take a little longer".

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  1. Reset your password at iforgot.apple.com.
Writing by Maggie Tillman.