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How to Turn off Two Factor Authentication for your Apple ID on iPhone

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Two-factor authentication will make you hate it but it’s probably the most convenient way to protect your data and prevent unauthorized access to your accounts. And sometimes it’s annoying. The same goes for Apple users as many people wonder how to turn off Two-Factor Authorization for Apple ID. Short answer: you can and you can’t, depending on how old is your AppleID account.

After many iCloud leaks, stolen data, and a generally indifferent stance of regular users towards security measures, Apple decided to impose Two-Factor Authentication. Adding every device you use as a Trusted one should help avoid some of that hassle.

How To Turn off Two-Factor Authentication on My iPhone?

Let’s start by saying that AppleID accounts created after iOS 10.3 was introduced can’t have the two-factor authentication disabled. It’s just Apple’s way of preventing data theft. On the one hand, it’s good for the end-user but, on the other hand, they should allow their users to choose whether they want it or not.

So, basically, whenever you sign in to a new device or try to access iCloud storage, you’ll either get a verification prompt and then a 6-digit code or an SMS with a code. To a trusted device or a phone number, of course. That can be your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or another device, it doesn’t matter.

For older accounts (pre-iOS 10.3), you can navigate to Settings > Your AppleID name at the top > Password & Security and disable Two-Factor authentication on your iPhone. Newer profiles can’t do that.

You can remove the Trusted phone number and add another one. You can also get the Verification Code for a new device or even enable the Recovery Key option, which adds an extra layer of security.

So, basically, Apple wants their users to stick to Two-Factor Authentication indefinitely and we can see why. Entering Verification codes for every sign-in can be quite a cumbersome task.

We read somewhere that there’s a way to disable it but you’ll need to contact Apple Support and provide enough evidence so that they can disable it. We can’t confirm this as there’s no built-in option to turn off Two-Factor authentication. Not on-device, nor on a web client. But, you can contact Apple and give it a go.

Thank you for reading and make sure to share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Managing editor at Mobile Internist. @lemmingspain My fascination with mobile technology, particularly Android and iOS, began years ago and continues today. I'm captivated by the constant evolution in the smartphone industry and its impact on our daily lives, always anticipating the next big innovation. That’s the main reason why I found myself writing instructive content on the subject for users who are not as familiar with all the bells and whistles.
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