2-Step Auth Apple ID

Back in July, we provided you with an overview of Apple’s two-step verification. This is the security method that requires at least two factors of authentication—a password and a trusted device—in order to successfully access an account.

Two-step is a great security method, because it forces one to have physical access to a security key, in this case, an iPhone or an iPad.

Needless to say, we here at iDB highly recommend using 2SV for any account that allows it, Apple ID, or otherwise. In fact, if a service that you’re using doesn’t offer 2SV, I’d seriously think twice about using that service—it’s that important for keeping your data secure.

If you have two-step enabled for your Apple ID, and you should, then you’ve doubtlessly run into the screen that asks you to verify your identify when logging in with your Apple ID. On that screen, it may list some of your Apple devices, and at least one verified phone number. These devices act as security authentication keys.

Have you ever wondered what the requirements are for the devices that are listed here? Have you ever wanted to remove or add a device? In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through managing your iOS trusted devices for two-step verification.

How to add a trusted device

To add a trusted device to your list of possible security keys, one needs to simply enable Find My iPhone after logging in with iCloud on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Once Find My iPhone is enabled, that device is automatically added to your list of trusted devices. Once a device is listed in your trusted devices, you’ll need to verify that device.

Step 1: Log into iCloud and enable Find My iPhone on the device you wish to use as a trusted device via Settings → iCloud.

Find My iPhone 2FA Trusted Device

Step 2: Via Safari, login to My Apple ID → Password and Security → Add or Remove Trusted Devices.

Add or Remove Trusted Devices Apple ID

Step 3: Click the Verify link next to the device that you wish to enable as a trusted device.

Trusted Device Find My iPhone Enabled

Step 4: On the device that you wish to enable, you will see a four-digit Verification Code.

Verification Code

Type this code into the box that appears inside of the Safari browser and click Verify Device.

Verify Device 2FA Apple ID

You will now see your device as a trusted device that has been verified. Now, whenever you need to use two-factor authentication to log in with your Apple ID, you will be able to use the device you just enabled as a security key.

Trusted Device Verified Apple ID

How to remove a trusted device

It’s no surprise that you can also remove a trusted device. When you sign out of iCloud or disable Find My iPhone, your device is no longer verified, but will still appear in your list of potential trusted devices.

Step 1: Disable Find My iPhone on the Device.

Disabled Find My iPhone

Step 2: Via Safari, login to My Apple ID → Password and Security → Add or Remove Trusted Devices.

Add or Remove Trusted Devices Apple ID

Step 3: Click the Remove link next to the device that you wish to remove.

Trusted Device Verified Apple ID

And confirm its removal.

Remove Device Apple ID Verified Trusted Device

And that’s pretty much it. That’s how you add and remove trusted devices to you Apple ID’s two-step verification security setup. You should regularly visit this page to manage your trusted devices, especially if you’re someone who often switches out and changes devices.

Do you use two-factor authentication with your Apple ID? If not, why?

  • Fardeen Beharry

    too bad apple has not implemented 2 factor authentication in my country , talk about the biggest company in the world

    • Sohail Wahab

      What is your country?

    • Sohail Wahab

      Iran or Afghanistan?

      • Fardeen Beharry

        mauritius. apple can’t even implement a simple security feature for all countries, way to go apple

      • Maybe its just harder then you think it is.

      • Fardeen Beharry

        i’m sure apple can figure it out because other websites does

      • They can and most likely will but you have to wait until they implement it in your country. What I’m saying is it could be more work than you think.

      • iDude

        ios/osx or any other OS’s is already secured as it is without 2 factor auth if you know how to create and secure your own password – the 2 factor auth is just a fool proof security for those who doesn’t.

      • Sohail Wahab

        Well, I’m from Afghanistan. My country is still not in the list but I got use to it. Just pretend to be an American and you’ll get all the feature that every  product owner deserves. It’s called racism in America.

  • osmang

    actually im using it and its ok for me im happy with that but there are 2 problems for me; first one I want to disable game center 2 step verification is it possible without closing the whole verification? second one; is there a possibility to sende a verification code to myself when someone enters find my iphone from their device? if I can solve these 2 the process would be perfect for me!!

  • Jacob

    What happens when you only have one device and you have it verified. Then you sign out of Find my iPhone on it ? I no you said it has to be verified again. But what happens until you do go verify it again ? Does it go back to the one step or will I have problems doing anything till i find the time to verify again ?? Anybody Know

    • You’ll have to verify via SMS instead…

      • Jacob

        Ok Thanks I had no idea what would happen. You know how that Icloud stuff can be sometimes .

  • 2FA and 2SV are different things.

    developer .apple .com/support/two-factor-authentication/

    The title says 2FA but the screenshots all show 2SV.

    • Technicalities aside, to my knowledge, they’re pretty much used interchangeably these days.

      • Mr. Luigi

        No! No! No! 2 FACTOR and 2 STEP are NOT the same thing and follow different protocols. What the heck are you doing writing tech articles on things you don’t understand well…especially things involving security. Sheesh.

  • Aric Bolf

    This sounds all so technical. I read this and i don’t understand what it does. best i can guess is that every time i want to use my phone i have to get on another device, log into it, and say yes i can log into my phone. I don’t see why i would want such a pain in the a#$.

  • Sleetui

    Should specify that this is for iOS 9 user’s only.

  • Brian Krupski

    ok, my daughter’s iphone died, which was her trusted device in addition to her mac. She got a new phone and when it told her she needed to be on Mac OS sierra she updated her mac and now both are asking for her code. ugh. Any way to get passed this since both her icloud devices are looking for a code from a verified device?