Thursday, Oct 14, 2021, 16:38 Tips & Reports

iOS 15: How To Retrieve Data With A Lost Apple ID Password Or Passcode

The two passwords which all Apple users should remember are the code to unlock their device and the password for their Apple ID. Cupertino certainly doesn't make it easy to gain access to a device's data should one or both of these pieces of information be missing – and for good reason too. There's often very sensitive information present on personal devices which third parties shouldn't have quick access to. However, should a user somehow manage to forget both the passcode to their iPhone and password to their Apple ID, there's now hope. iOS 15 has made it easier for users to regain access to their data in such an event, however, there are a few key things to pay attention to.

New Menu Item With iOS 15
Apple tweaked some aspects of the user interface in the most recent iOS update. One such tiny change is noticeable when users would like to take precautions in order to regain access to their Apple ID or device in the event that either password or passcode is forgotten. There's a new option in the iPhone's settings enabling users to setup a recovery key or select a trusted contact. Here are the instructions:

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  • Tap on your name at the top of your device's System Settings
  • Choose "Password & Security"
  • A new menu option called "Account Recovery" will allow you to choose the options and
  • the Recovery Key, which was found under a separate menu in iOS 14, can also be activated here



Source: 9to5Mac


The "Recovery Key" is a 28 character randomly generated code capable of resetting an Apple ID password or providing access to the Apple ID. The code should not be lost or misplaced under any circumstance, as this could allow third parties access to one's own device and account.

Users Can Now Choose Other Trusted Apple Users For Recovery
New with iOS 15 is the ability to choose another Apple user as a contact for recovery. However, that user must be running the most recent version of iOS/iPadOS (15), or watchOS 8, or macOS 12. Additionally, the user needs to be at least 13 years old.


Source: 9to5Mac


On the iPad, the same options can be found via the same instructions described above. On macOS, users have to navigate to the System Preferences and click on their Apple ID. Of course, macOS Monterey needs to be installed first.

Limitations & Requirements
Although the majority of data such as photos, notes, and reminders is all recoverable, some information still gets sent to a digital nirvana. Apple advises that such data will still be irretrievably lost, and thus it's best that users not rely on recovery as a replacement for memorizing their passwords. All information from the Health and Screentime apps, as well as the iCloud Keychain, will be lost. As previously stated, users need at least iOS/iPadOS 15 or macOS 12 to take advantage of the new feature, however, these operating systems have yet to see a full release and are currently only available as beta builds. A full release is expected this fall.

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