Ever lost your Apple ID password and lost access to your account? If so, you would be familiar with the pain and frustration of not being able to access iCloud data and subscribing to services. Many of us have faced this terrible situation at some point and wished we had a straight line but a secure way to access iCloud data.
Fortunately, Apple solved this problem by introducing iCloud Data Recovery to revive your iCloud account on iPhone and iPad. So how does iCloud Data Recovery work? Well, it requires you to either set up a recovery contact for your Apple ID account or create a recovery key in iOS 15 / iPadOS 15. This guide explains each iCloud account recovery method so you can select the option you want. It is said, let us begin!
What is iCloud Recovery Contact? How does this help you access a locked account?
For those who are unaware, the iCloud recovery contact can be anyone you trust, such as a close friend or family member. Here are the requirements to keep in mind before adding a person as your trusted contact person.
- People you want to add as recovery contacts must use iOS 15 / iPadOS 15 or later. You can’t add someone who doesn’t use an Apple device.
- Your recovery contact must have two-factor authentication (2FA) enabled for their account.
- The person must have a passcode enabled on their device.
- Your recovery contact must be at least 13 years old.
If you ever forget your account password or device password, you can contact your recovery contact (in person or by phone) to regain access to your locked account.
Can your recovery contact access your iCloud data?
I can not. Your recovery contact will not be able to access your information. All I can do is help recover your information and recover your account.
Add a recovery contact to your iCloud account on iPhone and iPad
Step 1: Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
Step 2: Now tap yours Apple ID profile at the top.
Step 3: Next, select Password and security.
Step 4: Select Account recovery.
Step 5: Then tap on Add a recovery contact option below Recovery help section.
Step 6: Now read the information on the screen carefully, then tap Add a recovery contact.
Step 7: Select a recovery contact from your address book. Apple allows you to select multiple iCloud contacts for recovery. It is also worth noting that if you are part of the Family Sharing group, all eligible contacts will automatically appear on the screen so you can easily select the ones you prefer.
If you want to select other contacts, tap Choose someone else, search for your contacts and select the ones you want.
Step 8: Touch Next. iOS will now allow you to send a message to selected contacts informing them that they are now your recovery contact. You can choose to send the finished message or edit the message to make it more personalized.
Step 9: Touch Send and then struck Done to finish.
How to use the recovery contact to regain access to your iCloud account
Helping someone regain access to their locked iCloud account is easy. As I said, they have to talk to you over the phone or in person. After that, you will need to generate a recovery code and share it.
Step 1: To help someone recover their account as a recovery contact, go to Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, tap Apple ID, select Password and security, and then Account recovery.
Step 2: Now tap your contact’s name.
Step 3. Touch Download the recovery code. Once generated, you can share it with a friend or family who has lost access to their account.
Once the code is entered, your friend / family member will be able to reset the password and regain access to their iCloud account.
How to remove as a contact for recovery
Don’t want to be someone’s recovery contact? No problem, you can easily log out.
Step 1: Go to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, select your profile at the top of the main menu, select Password and security, and tap Account recovery.
Step 2: Now tap the person’s name and press Remove contact.
Your friend will now receive a message informing them that you are no longer their account recovery contact.
How to set recovery key for iCloud account on iPhone and iPad
While the recovery key is just as reliable for regaining access to a locked iCloud account, there are a few things to note.
- After you set a recovery key, the only way to reset your password is to use another device logged in with your Apple ID or enter a recovery key.
- If you ever lose your recovery key and can’t access your iPhone or iPad, Apple won’t be able to help you recover your account.
Step 1: Go to Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, select your profile, tap Password and securityand select Account recovery.
Step 2: Now, tap The key to recovery.
Step 3: Turn the switch next to it The key to recovery.
Step 4: A pop-up window will now appear asking you to confirm the action. Touch Use the recovery key to continue. Then follow the instructions to create a recovery key for your device and be sure to remember it.
Here it is! So you can use the brand new iCloud account recovery service to regain access to your locked account if the need ever arises. I prefer the contact method for recovery. While the recovery key is also effective, I wouldn’t recommend it to those who aren’t good at managing secret codes or tend to easily forget things.
What do you think about the iCloud account recovery system? Share your opinion and also let us know your preferred method in the comments section below.
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