Apple iPhone has always been top target for thieves, mainly due to its high price tag. Apple is fully aware of that and the Cupertino company has been rolling out new features in an attempt to encourage iPhone owners to keep a closer eyes on their valuables. One such feature is two-factor authentication.
Two-factor authentication is not something new out there, as a lot of smartphone makers have already baked it into their devices. Basically, two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your iPhone. In other words, you need to provide two pieces of information to access your device. If your iPhone gets stolen, thieves cannot access your device, thus buying you some time to locate your lovely iPhone.
If you have just got a shiny iPhone, it’s a good idea to enable two-factor authentication on your device to ensure your precious information won’t fall into the wrong hands. The method used to set up two-factor authentication may be a little bit confusing to newcomers. With that in mind, we can help you out.
In this article, we will show how to set up and use two-factor authentication on your iPhone. Before we begin, make sure you now have a modern version of iOS on your device. If you are not sure, head to Settings > General > Software Updates and check for any available updates.
How to set up two-factor authentication for your Apple ID
Apple iPhone requires an Apple ID to work, so it’s best to enable two-factor authentication for your Apple ID to ensure that everything is safe and sound. If you need help, check out the steps below.
Step one: Launch the Settings app from your home screen and then tap on your Apple ID at the top
Step two: Next up, tap Password & Security, tap on Turn on Two-factor authentication and hit Continue
Step three: You will asked to enter the phone number where you want to receive verification codes (you can choose to get the code by text message or phone call) and then hit Next
Step four: Once you do that, you will receive a 6-digit code to verify the phone number. After that, just simply enter the code to complete the task.
That’s it! From now on, you will get a popup on your iPhone every time someone is trying to access your Apple ID. If you tap Allow, you will receive a 6-digit code on your trusted device (make sure you grant Apple ID access to trusted people).
How to remove a trusted device
If you no longer use a trusted device that is linked to your Apple ID, you can easily remove it. You can check out the steps below.
Step one: First off, you need to sign into your Apple ID on that device
Step two: From the list of all devices linked to your Apple ID, select the one you want to remove and hit Remove.
How to turn off two-factor authentication for your Apple ID
If you want to turn off two-factor authentication for your Apple ID, you can follow the steps below (we recommend you keep two-factor authentication enabled for your Apple ID to make sure everything is safe).
Step one: Open your preferred web browser and head over to this link
Step two: Sign in with your Apple ID and enter the code you receive on your trusted device to proceed
Step three: Hit Edit under the Security section and then click Turn Off Two-Factor Authentication.
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