Who can turn on two-factor authentication?
You can use two-factor authentication with your Apple ID if you have a device that's using the latest iOS or macOS, or if you have access to a web browser and a phone number.* Here are the minimum recommended system requirements for all devices that you use with your Apple ID:
- iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 9 and later
- Mac with OS X El Capitan and iTunes 12.3 and later
- Apple Watch with watchOS 2 and later
- Apple TV HD with tvOS
- Windows PC with iCloud for Windows and iTunes 12.3.3 and later
We also recommend that you have a valid credit card on file in your account. This information may be requested to help verify your identity if you forget your password.
While most iCloud users can now turn on two-factor authentication, certain account types may still be ineligible at Apple’s discretion.
Some Apple IDs created in iOS 10.3 or macOS 10.12.4 and later are protected with two-factor authentication by default. In this case, you see that two-factor authentication is already turned on.
* Learn more about why you need a trusted phone number for two-factor authentication.
Turn on two-factor authentication for your Apple ID
There are two ways to turn on two-factor authentication.
Set up from a new device
If you're setting up a new device and two-factor authentication, and you meet all the recommended system requirements, you might see these screens after you sign in during setup assistant.
To proceed, tap Continue and enter a phone number that can be used to receive verification codes when signing in on a new device. After you verify this phone number, two-factor authentication will turn on automatically.
Set up from a device you're already using
If you're not setting up a new device, make sure that you’re using iOS 9 or later on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch or OS X El Capitan or later on your Mac and follow these steps to turn on two-factor authentication.
On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:
- Go to Settings > [your name] > Password & Security. If you're using iOS 10.2 or earlier, Go to Settings > iCloud. Tap your Apple ID > Password & Security.
- Tap Turn on Two-Factor Authentication.
- Tap Continue.
On your Mac:
If you're using macOS Catalina:
- Choose Apple menu > System Preferences > Apple ID.
- Click Password & Security.
- Next to Two-Factor Authentication, click Turn On.
If you're using macOS Mojave or earlier:
- Choose Apple menu > System Preferences > iCloud > Account Details.
- Click Security.
- At the bottom of your screen, look for a button that says Turn on Two-Factor Authentication.
If you don’t meet the recommended system requirements on all the devices you use with your Apple ID, or if you don’t have a valid credit card on file, you'll receive a related warning message. Read the message before proceeding and consider updating your devices or adding credit card information to your account to ensure the best possible experience when signing in or resetting your password.
Create an Apple ID with two-factor authentication on the web
If you don't have an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, you can create a new Apple ID with two-factor authentication on the web.
Where is two-factor authentication for Apple ID available?
You can set up two-factor authentication in these continents, countries, or regions. When additional countries or regions are added, a link to turn on two-factor authentication will appear automatically on compatible devices.
Africa, Middle East, and India
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- Côte d’Ivoire
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Equatorial Guinea
- Palestinian Territories
- Reunion Island
- Republic of the Congo
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates
- Western Sahara
- American Samoa
- China mainland
- Cocos (Keeling) Islands
- Hong Kong
- Christmas Island
- Cook Islands
- French Polynesia
- Marshall Islands
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Papua New Guinea
- Solomon Islands
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
- Timor, East
- Wallis and Futuna
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- Czech Republic
- Faroe Islands
- Isle of Man
- North Macedonia
- Netherlands Antilles
- Saint Helena
- San Marino
- Svalbard and Jan Mayen
- United Kingdom
Latin America and the Caribbean
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Falkland Islands
- French Guiana
- Saint Martin
- Sint Maarten
- St. Kitts
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- U.S. Virgin Islands
The United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico
- Puerto Rico
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon
- United States