Using app-specific passwords

App-specific passwords allow you to sign in to your account securely when you use apps that don’t natively support two-step verification or two-factor authentication.

When your Apple ID is protected with two-step verification, or two-factor authentication, you'll need to use an app-specific password to sign in to your account using any apps or services that don't support entering verification codes. This maintains a high level of security and ensures that your primary Apple ID password won’t be collected or stored by any third-party apps you might use.

Generate an app-specific password

  1. Sign in to your Apple ID account page.
  2. In the Security section, click Edit.
  3. Click Generate Password and follow the steps on your screen.

After you generate your app-specific password, enter or paste it into the password field of the app as you would normally.

Manage app-specific passwords

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

  1. Sign in to your Apple ID account page.
  2. In the Security section, click Edit.
  3. In the App Specific Passwords section, click View History.
  4. Click   next to a password you want to delete, or Revoke All.

After you revoke 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 need to generate new app-specific passwords for any apps you would like to continue using.

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