#recovery key

Posted by Charles Edge on May 15th, 2015

Two-factor verification on your AppleID helps to keep everything nice and secure. Once enabled, you will need any two  of the following to access your iCloud account: The password to your Apple ID, a device trusted in the portal (we’ll trust devices during this process) or a recovery key (which we’ll create during this process). In other words, don’t lose your recovery key!

To enable two-factor verification, you’ll need to already have a password with at least 8 characters that contains at least 1 number and 1 capital letter. Once your AppleID username and password meets these requirements, go to appleid.apple.com and sign in to the AppleID you will enable two-factor verification on. Once in the portal, to enable two-factor verification:

  • Click on Password & Security.
  • Enter the answer to the questions you set up.
  • Click on Get Started…
  • Click Continue on the next screen.
  • Read the first screen with information about two-factor verification.
  • Read the second screen and click Get Started.
  • Add your current phone number to start the verification process.
  • Enter the 4-digit verification code that gets texted to your phone.
  • Click on Verify for devices to trust.
  • Click Continue.
  • On the next screen, document your Recovery Key.
  • Click Continue.
  • Enter the Recovery Key to verify it.
  • Click Confirm.
  • Check the box to confirm you understand what you’re getting into.
  • Click Enable Two-Step Verification.
  • At the confirmation dialog, indicating that two-factor verification was enabled click Done.
  • Two-factor verification then replaces your security questions.

Again, don’t lose that recovery key!