Enable Apple ID 2-step verification

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The two-step verification Apple is a solution that promises more protection for digital services, like email, social networks and the like. With the feature, you can add a layer of security to your Apple ID to prevent unwanted account access and even prevent your iPhone from being locked by iCloud after theft or lost.

How to unlock an Apple ID

Enable Apple ID 2-step verification

2-step verification can be activated by an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. In this case, it is available to all users with iOS from iOS 9 onwards.

Activation must be performed as follows:

  1. Open the iOS settings, under “Settings”;
  2. Access your Apple ID settings at the top of the settings home page;
  3. Go to “Password and Security”;
  4. Touch “Enable two-factor authentication” and answer security questions if necessary;
  5. Enter your phone number with the area code, choose an option to receive the verification code and tap “Next”;
  6. Enter the verification code when you receive it and proceed.

You can also enable two-step authentication to sign in to your Apple ID on the Mac. In this case, you need to have a computer with OS X El Captain or higher and perform a procedure similar to the one shown above:

  1. Go to “System Preferences”, in the little apple menu;
  2. Click on the “Apple ID” option;
  3. Access the “Password and security” option on the left side;
  4. Then, click on the option to activate the feature and fill in the information as requested.

All ready!

From that moment, it will be mandatory to enter a code that will be sent via SMS or notification on Apple devices in order to be able to access your account.

It is worth remembering that the two-step authentication code is personal and non-transferable. Therefore, never share the six digits with third parties, especially when requested after a device has been stolen or  -lost it can be a scam attempt to unlock it.