Change Or Reset Your Apple ID Password On Your iOS Device [iOS Tip]



Forgetting a password to any service is frustrating, especially if you’re itching to download the latest Angry Birds update. But when it comes to your Apple ID, it’s actually very simple to change or reset your password on your iOS device.

Here’s how to do it.

First, open up the App Store and tap on the ‘Featured’ tab (if you’re not already in the Featured section). Now scroll to the bottom of the page and tap on your Apple ID, or the ‘Sign In’ button.

Now tap ‘iForgot’. You will be taken to the mobile Safari app and the password retrieval page of Apple’s website. Here you can choose how you’d like to reset your password. Simply tap on the ‘Enter Your Apple ID’ tab.

(If you’re an AOL member, or you you’ve forgotten your Apple ID email address as well as your password, you can choose one of the other tabs and follow the instructions that you are given. For this tip, we’re just going to focus on resetting your password.)

Enter your Apple ID email address and then tap the ‘Next’ button. Now select the ‘Reset By Email’ button. You can choose to answer the security questions if you’d prefer, but I find that using email is the quickest and easiest option.

Apple will now send you an email which includes a link to reset your password. Tap on this link and you will be taken back to Safari to enter your new password. Once you’ve done this, tap the ‘Next’ button.

Your password will now be reset and Apple will email you with confirmation. You can now use your new password to login to the App Store or iTunes apps.

And yes, I really did just reset my password to help you out.

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  • Jack Horner

    I had to change my password and now my ICloud links have been messed up.  I also cannot update my Apps.  I can download but not update.  Any suggestions?

  • Ronald Stepp

    I really wish there were a way to tell your iphone or ipad to send a 6 digit 1-minute code that pops up the way other notifications do for ANYTHING that requires a passcode.  Really.

  • joewaylo

    Try logging out of the App Store and iTunes of your mobile. Shut your iDevice off then back on before trying this. If it fails:
     * Open the app store and iTunes store separately
     * Go to “Featured”
     * User email (your email) / Sign Out (Make sure it says Sign In)
     * Update your Mail/Contacts/Calendar login credential from Settings
    * There may also be a credential in the iTunes Automatic Downloads section in Settings
     * Log back in to the app store
     * Perform the Update

    A popup may also appear that says “Please review the terms of service before being allowed to update or making a new purchase.”

  • Lee Bishop

    this was a big help – thanks!