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Apple ID: About two-step verification and SMS

Learn how SMS works with two-step verification.

When you set up two-step verification for your Apple ID, you must provide at least one SMS-capable phone number to receive temporary verification codes from Apple. You'll use these codes to verify your identity and help keep your account secure.

The text messages that provide verification codes are free of charge. If you're not connected to your carrier's network or Wi-Fi when you receive the message, your carrier may charge you for data roaming.

Adding or removing SMS numbers

Add or remove an SMS-capable number from your account:

  1. Go to My Apple ID.
  2. Select Manage your Apple ID and sign in.
  3. Select Password and Security.
  4. In the Trusted Devices section, select Manage.
  5. To add a number, select Add an SMS-capable phone number.
  6. To remove a number, select Remove next to the verified phone number associated with your Apple ID.

Supported carriers

SMS delivery of verification codes currently works in these countries with the following wireless carriers.

Country Carrier
Argentina Claro
Nextel
Personal
Telefónica Moviles
Australia Optus
Telstra
Virgin (on Optus) 
Vodafone (VHA)
Austria A1
T-Mobile
Three
Belgium BASE
Mobistar
Proximus
Bolivia Entel
Nuevatel
Tigo
Brazil Claro (Telecom Americas)
Nextel
Oi
TIM
Vivo (Telefónica)
Canada Bell Aliant
Bell Mobility
EastLink
Fido (Microcell)
Mobilicity
MTS
NorthernTel
Public Mobile
Rogers AT&T (GSM & TDMA)
SaskTel
Télébec
Telus
Vidéotron
Virgin Mobile Canada
WIND Mobile
Chile Claro
Entel
Movistar
Nextel
VTR
China China Mobile
China Telecom
China Unicom
Colombia Claro Colombia
Movistar
Tigo
UNE EPM
Costa Rica Claro
Kolbi
Movistar
Denmark Hi3G
TDC
Telenor
Telia
Dominican Republic Claro (Dominicana de Telefónica)
Orange Dominicana
Tricom
Viva (Trilogy Dominica)
Ecuador CNT
Conecel
Movistar
El Salvador CTE Telecom Personal
Digicel El Salvador
Intelfon
Telefónica Moviles El Salvador
Tigo
Finland Alands
DNA
Elisa
Sonera
France Bouygues
Free
Orange
SFR
Germany E-Plus
O2
Telekom (DT)
Vodafone
Greece Cosmote
Vodafone
Wind
Guatemala Claro
Movistar
Tigo
Honduras Claro Honduras
Ehmovitel-Movitelh
Tigo
Hong Kong China Mobile Hong Kong
CSL
PCCW
SmarTone
Three
India Bharti Airtel
BSNL
Idea
Reliance
Vodafone
Indonesia AXIS
Indostat
Telkomsel
XL
Ireland Meteor
Three
Vodafone
O2
Israel Cellcom Israel
Golan Technologies
HOT Mobile
Partner Communications Company
Pelephone
Italy 3
TIM
Vodafone
WIND
Japan EMOBILE
KDDI
NTT DOCOMO
SoftBank
Korea KT
LG
SKT
Luxembourg Orange
Post Luxembourg
Tango
Macao China Telecom
CTM
Hutchison Telecom
SmarTone
Malaysia Celcom
DIGI
Maxis
U Mobile
Mexico Lusacell
Movistar
Nextel
Telcel
Netherlands KPN
T-Mobile
Vodafone
New Zealand Telecom NZ
Vodafone
2degrees
Nicaragua Claro
Telefónica Cellular NI
Norway Ice.net
NetCom
Telenor
Tele2
Panama Cable & Wireless (Mas Movil)
Claro Panama
Digicel
Movistar
Paraguay Claro
Hola Paraguay
Nucleo SA
Telecel (TIGO)
Peru Claro
Movistar
Nextel
Philippines Globe Telecom
Next Mobile (Nextel)
PLDT
Poland CenterNet
Orange
P4
PolKomtel
T-Mobile
Portugal Optimus
TMN
Vodafone
Puerto Rico AT&T Puerto Rico
Claro Puerto Rico
Open Mobile
Sprint Nextel Puerto Rico
T-Mobile Puerto Rico
Russia MegaFon
MTS
Tele2
VimpelCom
Singapore M1
SingTel
StarHub
South Africa Cell C
MTN
Telkom South Africa
Vodacom
Spain Movistar
Orange
Vodafone
Yoigo
Suriname Digicel Suriname
Telesur
Sweden Hi3G Access
Net 1 Sweden
Telenor
Tele2
Telia
Switzerland Orange
Swisscom
Sunrise
Taiwan Asia Pacific
Chungwa
FarEasTone
Taiwan Mobile
VIBO
Thailand AIS
CAT
DTAC
TOT
True Move
Turkey AVEA
Turkcell
Vodafone
United Arab Emirates du
Etisalat
United Kingdom Vodafone
T-Mobile (EE)
Orange (EE)
Three
O2
United States Alltel
AT&T
Boost Mobile
Cellcom
Cricket
Nextel
Sprint
T-Mobile
U.S. Cellular
Verizon Wireless
Virgin Mobile USA
Venezuela Digitel GSM
Movilnet
Movistar
Vietnam Gtel
MobiFone
Viettel
Vietnamobile
Vinaphone

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Last Modified: Sep 16, 2014
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