How to change your Apple ID password in three different ways

Your Apple ID is your key to using the integrated services of the Apple ecosystem, including the App Store, iCloud, iMessage, FaceTime and Apple Music. You also need one to set up a new Apple device. As with any password, you should change it immediately if you think it has been compromised. It’s also a good idea to change it every few months to keep it extra safe.

When choosing a new password, you must come up with one that is at least eight characters long and contains at least one number, one uppercase letter, and one lowercase letter. You also can’t reuse a password from last year.

Here are the steps you need to follow to change your Apple ID password. Note that these only work if you know your current password. If you completely forgot, you need to go through Apple’s password reset process, which you can initiate from any of your Apple devices.

On your iOS device

  1. Go to Settings on your iPad, iPhone, or Apple Watch, tap your name at the top, and select Password & Security.
  2. Choose Change Password.
  3. You will be prompted to enter your device passcode and then enter and confirm a new password.
  4. Beat change.
  5. On the main Settings screen, sign in with your new password to access Apple features and services.

Apple's Apple ID preferences window

Use Apple’s System Preferences window to change your password on your Mac.
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On your Mac

  1. Click the Apple menu in the top left corner, choose system settingsand then click AppleID Tile.
  2. Click on Password & Security.
  3. Click on Change Password.
  4. Enter the password you use to unlock your Mac computer.
  5. Enter your new password and confirm it.
  6. Click on change.


You can also change your password on the Apple website.
Image: Jennifer Pattison Tuohy

On the Internet

  1. Go to
  2. Click on log in in the top menu bar and sign in to your Apple ID account.
  3. Choose login and security in the side menu.
  4. Choose password.
  5. Enter your current password and then enter and confirm a new password.
  6. You can also opt out of all Apple devices and websites here by checking the box.
  7. click Change Password. How to change your Apple ID password in three different ways

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