How to protect your Apple ID account with two-factor authentication

In the digital age, the first thing to worry about is online security and privacy. Therefore, many companies have long since switched to two-factor authentication on their websites and mobile applications in order to protect users from possible account hacking. For Apple products, the loss of access to your Apple ID account is fraught with blocking the device, which can turn it into an expensive piece of furniture.

Two-factor authentication, on the other hand, gives the user an additional means of protecting the account. Its essence lies in the fact that when identifying in your Apple ID and performing important operations, you will have to enter not only your account password, but also a 6-digit confirmation code sent to your mobile phone number or linked device – iPhone, iPad, Mac computer or Apple Watch. In this case, Apple guarantees the security of your account, which only you and no one else will have access to.

Two-factor authentication can be configured on the following devices with the corresponding minimum requirements:

  • iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 9
  • Mac with OS X El Capitan and iTunes 12.3
  • Apple TV (4th generation) with tvOS
  • Windows computer with iCloud for Windows version 5 and iTunes 12.3 installed.

We’ll look at how to enable two-factor verification for:

  • macOS computers
  • iOS devices – iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

How to enable two-factor authentication on Mac

On a Mac with macOS Mojave or earlier

  1. Open  → System Preferences … and select iCloud
  2. Click on the button Учетная записьbelow the custom icon
  1. Enter your account password, you may still have to enter the answers to security questions
  1.  Go to the “Security” tab and click Включить двухфакторную аутентификацию
  1. Enter the phone number that will be linked to your account to verify the Apple ID on the new device and click on the button Продолжить. As a method of receiving, you can choose an SMS message or a phone call
  1. The last thing that needs to be done is to enter the identification code received on the indicated number and press Продолжить

On a Mac with macOS Catalina or higher

  1. Go to  → System Preferences … and select Apple ID
  2. Click on the button Пароль и безопасностьunder your icon with the name
  1. And in the “Two-factor authentication” menu, click Включить
  1. Then repeat steps 5 and 6 described in the instructions above


How to enable two-factor authentication on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Open the “Settings” application on the iOS device
    • On devices with iOS 10.2 or earlier, choose iCloud →  Apple ID
    • On devices that run iOS 10.3 or higher, tap on your icon with the name
  1. Select Password & Security
  1. In the Two-Factor Authentication field, click Включить
  1. You will be required to enter your Apple ID password, after which you may also be asked to enter the answers to security questions
  1. Next, you will be asked for the phone number that will be required to activate two-factor authentication and receive passwords when using an Apple ID. You can select the current one and click Продолжить, or specify another by clicking on the button Использовать другой номер. You have the opportunity to choose how to receive the codes – in the form of text messages or calls
  1. When you press the button, a Далееverification code will be sent to the phone number. You will need to enter it to confirm your phone number and enable two-factor authentication

Now you can be confident in the security of your Apple ID account and personal data. Each time you access trusted devices, you will receive a notification about the use of Apple ID and a confirmation code

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