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How to Unlock an ID if your Apple ID Locked

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Written by Hassan Abbas

Whenever it comes to the security of your Apple ID account, Apple takes things very seriously, like very very seriously. That mostly results in disabling your account by mistake. In this article, we are going to talk about How to Unlock an ID if your Apple ID Locked. Let’s begin!

Well, you guys Don’t worry! We’ve got your back. There are a few ways that you can unlock a disabled Apple ID. You might need to generate a two-factor authentication code, answer security questions, or also contact Apple Support. We’ve explained all you need to know below, have a look.

If someone tries to hack into your Apple account, have entered your password incorrectly too many times. Or giving the wrong answers to your security questions. Then the company will recognize the attack and lock your Apple ID “for security reasons” which is really good.

This is good because it means an attacker can’t gain access to your Apple ID – which would let them get into your iCloud email, iMessage, and FaceTime, as well as permitting them to spend your money on the App Store or in iTunes as well.

What Does It Actually Mean When My Apple ID Is Locked?

When Apple disables your Apple ID account then it means that you can’t sign in or use it for any Apple services. That includes iCloud, Apple Music, or the App Store. You also need to visit iForgot.apple.com and verify your identity in order to unlock the account.

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Why Is Apple ID Disabled or Locked?

Apple locks or disables your Apple ID account as a security precaution actually. Mostly, this happens when someone enters the wrong password too many times in a row.

This could also happen if you forgot your password or repeatedly entered it incorrectly. It might also happen if someone else is attempting to break their way into your account. That is what Apple hopes to protect against.

How to Know If My Apple ID Is Disabled?

If your Apple ID account is disabled, then you should see one of the following messages when trying to sign in:

  • “This Apple ID has been locked for security reasons”
  • “This Apple ID has been disabled for security reasons”
  • “You can’t sign in because your account was disabled for security reasons”

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These messages might not show straight away if you entered your username or password incorrectly. In which case, you may only see this message:

  • “Your Apple ID or password was incorrect”

If this happens, then tap the Forgot Password? button in order to reset your password.

How to unlock your Apple ID

Whatever the reason for Apple disabling your account, it is also possible to get back in again. You just need to follow these steps in order to recover your account and also create a new password.

  • First, go to iforgot.apple.com
  • Enter your Apple ID – mostly the email address associated with your Apple account.
  • Then enter the code to prove that you are not a robot.
  • Then tap Continue.

The next page will differ depending on the form of security you have set up for your Apple account.

If you’ve set up two-factor authentication then you will receive a code on a trusted device or in a text message on your phone. You will also need to enter this verification code before you can unlock your account and also change your password.

If you use the older two-step verification then you’ll need the recovery key. That was sent to you when you set up two-step verification in addition to a code sent to a trusted device. If you still haven’t got the recovery key (a 14-digit code Apple would have send when you set it up) then you might a little stuck.

Or if you haven’t set up either of these methods of security then you will either have to unlock your account using your password or also you will have to answer some security questions. And if you’ve forgotten your password (or if you are now feeling kind of cautious about whether your password is strong enough) you can also change your password here.

If you still don’t manage to unlock your account after a few attempts it will remain locked, however, you will be able to try again the next day.

Find out if your Apple ID has hacked or not

If you’re locked out of your Apple ID, and it wasn’t due to you got your password wrong. Then the first you will hear of it may be when you receive an alert from Apple saying one of the following. “This Apple ID has disabled for security reasons”, “You can’t sign in because your account was disable for security reasons”, or also “This Apple ID has been locked for security reasons”.

You may also receive an email from Apple detailing how can you reset your Apple ID password. This might send if in case the hacker tries to change your password. Just like that into your account, giving a rough idea of the location where the login actually took place.

Note that most of the time the locations that come up don’t show to be anywhere near the place where you logged on. So don’t automatically panic if you get an alert that says someone logged into your Apple ID in Peterborough if you just logged in from Suffolk. However, if you haven’t just logged on and you see an alert like this then there may be the reason to be concerned.

How to protect your Apple ID from hackers

In order to avoid being a target for people who try and hack into your Apple ID make sure that you don’t respond to phishing emails. These are fraudulent emails that pretend to be from Apple and will tell you to log on to your Apple ID as well.

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You can also generally spot a phishing email because of bad grammar and poor spelling as well. You should also check the address that the email is send from (not just what the address appears to be. However, by tapping on the arrow beside the address in Mail you can see if the real address is something completely different or not). To prevent any chance of caught in a trap like this never log on to your Apple account from an email. You always have to go to iCloud.com.

Conclusion

Alright, That was all Folks! I hope you guys like this article and also find it helpful to you. Give us your feedback on it. Also if you guys have further queries related to this article. Then let us know in the comments section below. We will get back to you shortly.

Have a Great Day!

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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