Two-step verification feature in an Apple account helps provide an extra layer for security to the user. When enabled, the two-step verification feature sends a security code on your device which you need to enter in order to access your Apple account. Although Apple is currently offering two-factor authentication, which also works in the same fashion as two-step verification but its availability depends on the operating system being used by the user. If you are using iOS 9 or OS X EI Captain, you can set up two-step verification for your Apple ID by following the instructions provided below. However, if you are using iOS 11 or macOS High Sierra, you will need to use two-factor authentication.
Steps to Set Up Two-Step Verification for Apple ID
As the two-step verification feature requires to verify your identity as the rightful owner of the account before you can:
- Access your Apple ID account page
- Access iMessage or FaceTime.
- Access your iCloud account on a new device or at iCloud.com
- Seek Apple ID-related support from Apple
- Make an iTunes, iBooks, or other App Store purchases using a new device
1.) On your computer, open a web browser and go to the link https://appleid.apple.com/account/manage.
2.) Clicking on this link will redirect you to the account management section of your Apple account. On this webpage, you will see the Two-Step Verification option under the Security section.
3.) Under Two-Step Verification section, you will need to click on the Get Started option.
4.) As you will click on the Get Started option, you will be taken through the process of enabling two-step verification option.
5.) Simply, follow the on-screen prompts to complete the process of activating the two-step verification feature on your Apple ID.
In case you wish to deactivate the two-verification feature for your Apple account, you can turn it off by following these steps:
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1.) Go to your Apple ID account page via a link here.
2.) Next, go to Security section and click on the Turn Off Two-Step Verification option. You will be prompted with a box to confirm your action.
3.) In the popped-up box, you will need to click on the Turn Off Two-Step Verification button.
4.) Two-Step Verification feature will be deactivated for your Apple ID.
And, this is how you can set up two-step verification feature on your Apple ID. If you ever upgrade to iOS 11 or macOS High Sierra, you will need to switch from two-step verification to two-factor authentication to keep your Apple account protected with extra security.