Sign in to apps with your Apple ID using app-specific passwords

App-specific passwords allow you to use your Apple ID to sign in securely to apps made by developers other than Apple.

Some apps made by developers other than Apple will ask you to sign in with your Apple ID so that the app can access information, such as the emails, contacts and calendars you store in iCloud. To help ensure your Apple ID password can't be stored or collected by the app, you can choose to create an Apple ID password to use only with that app.

You'll use this app-specific password when the app asks you to sign in with your Apple ID.

To generate and use app-specific passwords, your Apple ID must be protected with two-factor authentication.

How to generate an app-specific password

  1. Sign in to

  2. In the Sign-In and Security section, select App-Specific Passwords.

  3. Select Generate an app-specific password or select the Add buttonBlue plus sign icon., then follow the steps on your screen.

  4. Enter or paste the app-specific password into the password field of the app.

How to revoke an app-specific password

You can have up to 25 active app-specific passwords. If you need to, you can revoke passwords individually or all at once.

  1. Sign in to

  2. In the Sign-In and Security section, select App-Specific Passwords.

  3. Select the Remove buttonA minus sign inside of a circle. next to a password you want to delete, or Revoke All.

After you've revoked a password, the app using that password will be signed out of your account until you generate a new password and sign in again.

Any time you change or reset your primary Apple ID password, all of your app-specific passwords will be revoked automatically to protect the security of your account. You'll have to generate new app-specific passwords for any apps you want to continue using.

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