How to reset your Apple ID security questions and answers

By , Apr 4, 2016

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You’re asked to set up security questions for your Apple ID when you set it up, and they’re used to help you recover your Apple ID account in case it is hijacked or you get locked out.

Unfortunately, as time goes by, you may forget the answers to your security questions. The good news is, there is a way to reset them. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can reset your Apple ID security questions.

Getting locked of your Apple ID because you don’t know the answers so you security questions is never fun. Here’s how you can resolve this problem once and for all.

Resetting your Apple ID security questions

If you’ve forgotten your Apple ID security question answers, then you’d better hope you’ve got a rescue email address on file. You can use your rescue email address as a means of bypassing and resetting your Apple ID’s security questions and answers to update them to something you will remember.

To do that, follow these steps:

1) Visit the Apple ID sign-in page on your favorite web browser and sign in.

Apple ID sign in web browser

2) Go to the Security section and make sure that you have a rescue email address set up. If you don’t, add one; if you do, click on the blue Change Questions… button to continue.

Apple ID reset change questions

3) In the new pop-up that appears, click on the blue Reset your security questions button.

Apple ID reset your security questions

4) Check the inbox of your rescue email you have on file, and you’ll receive an email from Apple about resetting your security questions.

Apple ID reset email confirmation 2

5) Click on the blue Reset Now > button and you’ll be redirected to your Apple ID sign-in screen in your default web browser; sign in when prompted.

Apple ID sign in web browser

6) After signing in, you’ll be asked to set new security questions for your Apple ID account, fill out as you would like:

Reset Apple ID security questions

7) After updating your security questions, click on the blue Update button at the bottom of the interface.

That’s all there is to it! You’ve now updated your Apple ID security questions, and should you ever need to get back into your account, you’re prepared to prove that you’re actually you.

Having trouble?

In some instances, you may not be able to reset your security questions. Apple recommends that you call the company directly when these circumstances occur, as they’re normally just trying to protect your personal identity and assets. Apple can then help you over the phone with steps to reset your security questions for your Apple ID.

Wrapping up

It’s not too difficult to reset your Apple ID security questions, and if you ever can’t seem to remember the answers to them, you should really try to reset them so you have the ability to answer them in the future. This helps ensure you’ll always have access to your own Apple account, even if someone else grabs hold of it maliciously.


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  • Jeff Laing

    You left out the most important step. Open your password manager (1Password, etc) and make a note of the security questions and answers in the entry for your Apple ID that is already remembering your password

    Then you can stop reading articles that start with “you’ve forgotten your …”

  • Behinder

    This no longer work