How to Unlock If my Apple ID Locked? Here are the Easy Fixes
Is your Apple ID locked? Suppose someone tries to hack into your Apple account, enter your password incorrectly too often, or give the wrong answers to your security questions. In that case, the company will recognize the attack and lock your Apple ID “for security reasons.”
This is good because it means an attacker can’t gain entrance to your Apple ID – which would let them get into your iCloud email, iMessage, and FaceTime, as well as providing them to spend your money on the App Store or in iTunes.
In this article, we explain how to unlock your Apple ID to use your account and services again. However, sometimes it’s not an attacker striving to hack your account – seldom have you locked yourself out because you forget the password. If that occurs, here’s how to fix it by changing your Apple password.
How to Solve Apple ID Locked Issue?
Whatever the mind for Apple disabling your account, it is possible to get back in again. You require to follow these steps to recover your account and create a new password.
- Go to iforgot.apple.com
- Enter your Apple ID – ordinarily, the email address associated with your Apple account.
- Insert the code to prove you’re not a robot.
- Click Continue.
The next page will vary depending on the form of security you’ve set up for your Apple account.
If you’ve set up two-factor authentication, you’ll get a code on a trusted device or in a text message on your phone. You will require to enter this verification code before you can unlock your account and modify your password.
If you use the older two-step verification, you’ll require the recovery key that was sent to you when you set up two-step verification in addition to a code sent to a trusted device. If you haven’t received the recovery key (a 14-digit code Apple would have sent when you set it up), you might be a little stuck.
If you haven’t set up either of these security methods, you will either have to unlock your account using your password or have to answer some security questions. And ff you’ve forgotten your password (or if you’re now feeling a bit cautious regarding whether your password is strong enough), you can change your password here.
If you don’t manage to unlock your account after a few attempts, it will remain locked, but you will be able to try the next day again.
How to see if you’re Apple ID has been hacked
If you’re locked out of your Apple ID, and it wasn’t because you got your password incorrect, the first you will hear of it may be when you receive an alert from Apple telling one of the following: This Apple ID has been disabled for security reasons, You can’t sign in because your account was disabled for security reasons, or This Apple ID has been locked for security minds.
You may also get an email from Apple detailing how to reset your Apple ID password. This might be sent if the hacker attempts to change your password.
Alternatively, suppose you’ve set up two-factor authentication. In that case, you may see an alert on a trusted device saying that someone has logged into your account, providing a rough idea of the location where the login took place.
Note that sometimes the locations that come up don’t seem to be anywhere near the place where you logged on, so don’t automatically panic if you get an alert saying someone logged into your Apple ID in Peterborough you just logged in from Suffolk. However, if you haven’t just logged on and you see an alert like this, there may be a reason to be concerned.
How to protect your Apple ID from hackers
To avoid being a target for people who try and hack into your Apple ID, make sure that you don’t reply to phishing emails. These are fraudulent emails that pretend to be from Apple and know you to log on to your Apple ID.
You can usually spot a phishing email because of bad grammar and poor spelling. You should also check the address that the email is sent from (not just what the address seems to be, but by clicking on the arrow beside the address in Mail, you can see if the actual address is something completely different). To avoid any possibility of being caught in a trap like this, never log on to your Apple account from an email. Always go to iCloud.com.
The other method to avoid being hacked is to make sure you have a solid password. Again, we have an article on picking a solid password. And, ultimately, if you haven’t already, set up two-factor authentication.