If you’re like me, you own an Apple device. Whether you own something like an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV or Apple Watch, you have what is called an Apple ID. This is essentially your gateway to all the services that Apple provides, such as iCloud, Facetime, iTunes Store, the App Store, and others.
If you’re also like me, you’re juggling many usernames and passwords for a variety of non-Apple related services. So, when you suddenly need to know your Apple ID, you realize that you’ve forgotten it. How do you go about changing it? Luckily, it is pretty easy to do.
The easiest (and probably fastest way to do this) is on your iPhone or iPad. On your device, follow this procedure:
- Go to the Settings icon (typically on your home screen, looks like a gear)
- Click into your Apple ID account. You’ll see this on the first Settings page at the top of the screen.
- Click the “Password & Security Button.”
- Some users will be prompted to enter their 4-6 digit security pin. This is the same “unlock” pin you enter to get into your device.
- On the Password & Security page, click “Change Password.” Here, you can enter a new password.
- You’ll be asked if you want to stay logged into your Apple Devices. If you choose to stay signed on, your new password will be applied to all your Apple devices and no further action will be needed. If you choose to sign out of your devices, you will need to enter this new password on each device the next time you use it. My recommendation is to stay signed in, unless you have lost a device. Then, it is important that you sign out of all your devices.
This process used to be difficult but Apple has simplified the process. For a more visual display of how to do this, don’t forget to check out the video above!