An Apple ID is important to maintain, serving as a key to the Apple kingdom. It connects an iPhone to other devices and stores data in iCloud.
Apple makes it easy for owners of an iPhone, Mac, or other Apple devices to log in and update settings related to their Apple ID. This piece of information is like the key to the kingdom, so it’s very important to keep track of this Apple login and to update it whenever details (such as the user’s email address) change.
An Apple ID is primarily needed to access iCloud — Apple’s online storage for iPhone backups, app data, shared photos, files, and more. It’s also a critical component of Apple’s Continuity features, such as Hand-Off. This lets users continue working on a project or browsing a website with a tap or a click when switching from an iPhone to an iPad to a Mac. Of course, an Apple ID is also required when setting up a new Apple device.
Apple describes an Apple ID as ‘one account for everything Apple,’ and that is a concise way of putting it. Apple ID settings can be accessed via the Apple ID page on Apple’s website. If signing in via a Mac, iPad, or iPhone that has Face ID or Touch ID, authentication is quick and easy. This is very nice in case the password has been forgotten and needs to be updated. If biometric sign-in isn’t available, the username and password must be typed in. After logging in, it is possible to change the email address, password, or phone number used for two-factor authentication by tapping or clicking on the matching section. To change the password, the current password must be entered first, and it’s easily accessible with Face ID or Touch ID. There are several other options and plenty of useful information on this page as well.
Other Apple ID Settings You Can Update
One of the most interesting sections within the Apple ID webpage is called the ‘Sign in with Apple.’ This can be found near the bottom of the page. This relatively new feature allows the user to sign in to a third-party service without sharing their private email address. This section lists all of the apps or websites that the user has signed into using an Apple ID, the Apple-generated email address used, and gives an option to stop using the Apple ID for this app or website.
A few other (rarely used) sections include Notification Email, which is a backup email in case there is a security issue. There’s also Legacy Contact to provide access to user data after death. Account Recovery is an iCloud data decryption and recovery service. App-Specific Passwords is a feature required by a very small number of apps needed to access the user’s iCloud account. If any have been set up, access can be revoked here. Visit the website, have a look around, and you’ll be an Apple ID pro in no time at all.
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