After updating to the latest iOS version, your iPhone may continuously ask for the Apple ID password. The possible reasons behind this could be a failed download or a problem with your account settings either in iCloud, iMessage, FaceTime, or the App Store. Don’t fret! In this article, I’ll show what you can do when your iPhone keeps asking for your Apple ID password!
Restart your iPhone
Update your software
Check your apps update
Turn off iMessage and FaceTime
Sign out from Apple ID and iCloud
Reset your Apple ID password
Reset iPhone all settings
Backup and restore your iPhone
Solution 1. Restart your iPhone
Restarting is an essential thing that many people overlook. But it works in fixing several kinds of software problems. If your iPhone keeps asking for an Apple Account password, please restart it using the buttons. Here’s how you can do it. Go to Settings app → General → Shut Down.
After a minute or so, turn on your phone, and the problem may be gone. If not, please follow the next solutions.
Solution 2. Update your software
Apple introduces multiple bug fixes with every iOS, but sometimes a few may not get resolved. In such a situation it is a vise advise to update to the latest version of iOS. Open the Settings app, tap on General.
Now, tap on Software Update. If you have a pending update, tap on Download and Install.
Solution 3. Check your apps update
The process to check for third-party app updates has changed slightly in iOS 14 or 13. But it remains smooth and accessible. Long press on the App Store icon and then tap on Updates. If you have app updates, tap on UPDATE next to individual apps. You may also tap on Update All.
At times it may happen that while getting free apps or even while updating apps, you may be asked to enter your Apple ID password. To avoid such situations, you may see how to download free apps without a password.
Solution 4. Turn off iMessage and FaceTime
Temporarily switching off (and then on) iMessage and FaceTime might work. Here’s how.
Open the Settings app and tap on Messages.
From the top, turn off the iMessage.
Now go back to Settings again and navigate to FaceTime.
Turn off the FaceTime.
Now restart your phone and re-enable these necessary services by following the above steps. After this, your iPhone may stop asking for an Apple ID password randomly.
Solution 5. Sign out from Apple ID and iCloud
Open the Settings app and tap on the Apple ID banner from the top
Scroll to the end and tap on Sign Out.
Enter your Apple ID password. Next, tap on Turn Off.
Accordingly, choose to keep a copy of Calendars, Contacts, and Keychain. For this turn on their toggles. Finally, tap on Sign Out and confirm.
Restart your iPhone
Open the Settings app and tap on Sign in to your iPhone. Enter your Apple ID, password, and follow the simple on-screen instructions
Solution 6. Reset your Apple ID password
Launch the Settings app and tap on your Apple ID from the top
Tap on Password & Security.
Tap on Change password. Enter the iPhone passcode if asked
Enter a new (and secure) Apple ID password. Re-enter it and tap on Change.
Restart your iPhone, and this issue of randomly asking for an iCloud password might no longer disturb you. You may also read here: How to Reset Apple ID Password?
Solution 7. Reset iPhone all settings
This process will reset all the settings you have changed on your iPhone to the default. This includes Wi-Fi passwords, Bluetooth devices, location settings, VPN configuration, keyboard settings, and much more. However, it will not delete any personal data. Still, it is recommended that you take a backup before proceeding.
Open the Settings app and tap on General. After this, tap on Reset.
Next, tap on Reset All Settings, enter your device password, and confirm.
Solution 8. Backup and restore your iPhone
It is a bit lengthy process that has two main parts – take a back up and then restore (detailed guides – make sure you follow it). Here is a quick recap in easy steps.
1. Backup iPhone to iCloud: For this, open the Settings app → tap on Apple ID from the top → iCloud → scroll down and tap on iCloud Backup → turn on the toggle for an iCloud Backup → tap on Backup Now. Wait for the backup to complete.
2. Backup iPhone to Mac or PC: Unlock your iPhone and connect it to a computer. Trust the computer if asked. In iTunes (PC and older Mac), click on the iPhone logo. In Finder (Mac running macOS Catalina), click on your iPhone name from the left Sidebar.
Now, in General tab, click the box for Back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac.
Choose Encrypt local backup and enter the password to secure it. Finally, click on Back Up Now.
3. Before resetting, we need to turn off Find My iPhone: To do this, open the Settings app → tap on Apple ID banner from top → Find My → Find My iPhone.
Now, turn off Find My iPhone → Enter your iPhone passcode, and tap on Turn Off.
4. Erase everything: Open the Settings app and tap on General. Next, tap on Reset → Erase All Content and Settings. Enter your iPhone password and confirm.
5. After the erase completes, you have to set up your iPhone again. Follow the easy on-screen instructions. On the screen that says ‘Apps and Data,’ choose Restore from iCloud Backup or Restore from Mac or PC accordingly.
These are the 8 solutions to fix the iPhone keeps asking for Apple ID password issue. I hope one of the listed tips helped. Please share which one or any other thoughts with us in the comments section below.
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