How to Turn off Two-Factor Authentication on iPhone, iPad, and Mac?

Have you turned-on the two-factor authentication but no longer wish to continue?

Or do you frequently sign in with other devices and are fed up with entering the verification codes?

Whatever reason may be, in this article we will help you out with turning off two-factor authentication on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

How to Turn off Two-Factor Authentication on iPhone

Two-factor authentication works with the Apple ID with which your apple devices are signed in.

Though it adds an extra level of security, at the same time it becomes a tiresome job to have your verified device at hand in case you have to log in to with a different device.

It is important to keep in mind that in some of the latest versions of iOS and Mac OS you cannot turn-off the two-factor authentication directly.

So we have listed other steps such as turning off two-factor authentication with the help of apple support or by creating a new iCloud ID.

One other option to users who have not crossed the two week time from turning on two-factor authentication is to turn it off by disabling it through confirmation email.

Before moving ahead you may also like to check out “How to Turn off Driving Mode on iPhone“.

How to Turn off Two-Factor Authentication for Apple ID?

It is important to note the advantages and disadvantages in detail before turning off two-factor authentication. So that you have a clear idea of what you are opting for and the pros and cons that will come along with it.

So let’s not waste time and check them out.

The very first thing to note here is that two-factor authentication is an advanced and updated method as compared to one-factor authentication.

It was introduced in order to increase security for the user. As it involves logging in with two different types of login information.

So disabling two-factor authentication is not a good choice for users for whom security comes first.

Then why do users disable this function?

Well there are two sides to every story.

Some users may not want to compromise with the ease of using a single form of login which is easy and quick. Therefore turning off two-factor authentication can be a good deal for them.

So here in this article, we have listed four main methods in detail on “How to Turn Off Two Factor Authentication on iPhone, iPad, and Mac“. Go through each method in sequence as listed below.

1. Steps to Turn off two factor authentication for Apple ID

This method is applicable to Apple ID s created for the older version of iOS and Mac OS devices.

If you have the latest devices running iOS 10.3 and Mac OS 10.12.4 and later then skip this first method and move to the second method instead.


Login with Apple ID

  • Enter your Apple ID and next you will be prompted to enter your password.
  • Enter your password and click on the arrow right next to it.
  • Click on “Allow” if asked for access.
  • As you have already turned on two-factor authentication, you will be asked for the 6 digit verification code.
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  • Enter the code and continue.
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Edit Security

  • Go to “Security” under account section and click on “Edit”.
edit apple id security

Turn off twofactor authentication

  • Right next to “Two Factor Authentication” click on “Turn off two-factor authentication“.
  • You can now sign out of the Apple ID page.
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  • After completing these steps and turning off two factor authentication you don’t have to type in your verification code to log in. Only your account password will gain you access to your account.

Note: If you didn’t find the “Turn Off Two-Factor Authentication” then proceed to the next method. This can be because your Apple ID is created using the later version of the iOS and Mac OS device.

2. Return to previous security settings

This method is applicable for the users who have not crossed the two weeks time after turning on two-factor authentication.

In this case, you can unenroll through the email link send for confirmation of the two-factor authentication.

Click link in email

  • Go to your mail and open the email you have received for the confirmation of the two-factor authentication.
  • It will redirect you to your previous security settings.

Go to “Settings” and “Turn off Two-factor Authentication”

  • Just similar to the first method, go to settings and turn off the two-factor authentication.

3. Take help of Apple Support

If you are still not able to turn off the two factor authentication then, at last, you can contact Apple support and ask them to disable the function for your Apple ID.

4. Register a fresh iCloud ID

Our last method on “how to turn off two factor authentication on iPhone” is by registering with a new iCloud ID.

Creating a new iCloud ID will give you a fresh start. Unless you manually turn on two factor authentication, this feature is disabled by default for new users.

So if any of the above methods didn’t work for you then creating a new iCloud ID definitely will.

Open “Create Your Apple ID”

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Fill all the details

  • Fill out your name, country, email, choose password and security questions and “continue”.
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Enter email verification code

  • After clicking on “continue” a new window asking for verification code appears.
  • Enter the 6 digit code into the verification window received in your email id.
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Sign Out of iCloud

  • Go to “Settings” of your iOS device.
  • Click on your Apple ID on the top of the screen.
  • Click on “Sign Out” at the bottom of the Apple ID window.
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  • Choose the data you want to keep on that iPhone. And then click on “Sign Out” on the top-right corner of the screen.
  • A small window will appear asking for confirming the “Sign out”.
  • Click on “Sign Out”.
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Switch to new iCloud Account

  • Open “Settings” and then click on “Apple ID” on the top of the screen.
  • A small window appears asking for setting up iCloud on the old ID you signed out of.
  • Click on “Not” and continue.
  • Now “Sign In” with your new Apple ID and password. “Agree” to the iCloud terms and conditions.
  • Now you have a fresh new Apple ID and it has “Turn off Two-factor Authentication” by default.
  • Now, whenever you log in with your password from other devices it will no longer ask for a verification code.
icloud terms and conditions

Enable iCloud Backup

  • Go to “Settings” and click on your “Apple ID”.
  • Choose “iCloud Backup”.
  • A new Backup window will appear.
  • Click on “Back Up Now”


We hope you found this article useful on “How to turn off two factor authentication on iPhone“.

We listed all the methods with which you can effectively disable two-factor authentication on Apple ID.

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