How to Create an Apple ID Recovery Key

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Resetting your Apple ID password is normally a pretty easy task, but if you don’t have access to the device that you’re already signed into, things could get super complicated and inconvenient. However, Apple offers another option with an Apple ID recovery key, which can be used to reset an Apple ID account as well.

Apple ID Recovery Key acts as an extra layer of security for your Apple account, in case you forget your password and lose access to your trusted device. This completely eliminates the need to visit Apple’s website just to go through various hoops such as entering payment method details and answering your security questions for a password reset. Instead you can just use the recovery key. You’ll need to make sure your iPhone or iPad is running iOS 14 or newer to have this feature available, however.

How to Generate an Apple ID Recovery Key

Here’s how you can get a recovery key for your Apple ID:

  1. Head over to “Settings” app from the home screen of your iPhone or iPad.

    iOS settings icon
  2. In the settings menu, tap on your Apple ID Name located right at the top.

    How to Create an Apple ID Recovery Key
  3. Here, head over to “Password & Security” as shown in the screenshot below.

    How to Create an Apple ID Recovery Key
  4. Next, scroll down to the bottom of the menu and tap on “Recovery Key”.

    How to Create an Apple ID Recovery Key
  5. Simply tap on the toggle to get started with enabling this feature for your Apple account.

    How to Create an Apple ID Recovery Key
  6. When you’re prompted to confirm, choose “Use Recovery Key” to proceed further.

    How to Create an Apple ID Recovery Key
  7. Before you’re able to access the following screen, you’ll need to enter your device passcode. Your 28-digit recovery key will now be shown to you. You can write it down in a safe place that you’re able to easily access. Once you’re done, tap on “Continue”.

    How to Create an Apple ID Recovery Key
  8. Now, you’ll need to manually type in your recovery key for verification and making sure that you haven’t made any mistakes while noting it down. Tap “Next” when you’re done.

    How to Create an Apple ID Recovery Key

You’ve successfully created a recovery key for your Apple account.

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