How to Enable Two-Factor Authentication on iPhone

Posted February 9, 2017 by Leomar Umpad in Apple iPhone, iPad

With the latest trend in online security requirements, having a password is not enough to keep your iPhone account safe. If an unauthorized person obtains your password, you need another layer of security, specifically two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication will ensure that your Apple account is safe and can only be used on trusted devices. When accessed from a new device, your account will ask for your account password and a six-digit verification code. The verification code will be displayed on your trusted devices. Furthermore, the verification code will be sent over SMS to your trusted phone number. Once the correct account password and verification code are entered, the new device will become one of your trusted devices. This tutorial demonstrates how to enable two-factor authentication on iPhone.

What is a Trusted Device?
A trusted device should be an Apple mobile device that runs on iOS 9 or later or a Mac with OS X El Capitan or later. Supported mobile devices are iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A trusted device should be already set up to use two-factor authentication – an indication that you own the device.

What is a Trusted Phone Number?
A trusted phone number is a mobile number that will be used to receive the verification code through SMS or a phone call. A trusted phone is required for you to enable two-factor authentication for your Apple account.

How to Enable Two-Factor Authentication on iPhone
If you are on iOS 9.3, you can use these steps to enable two-factor authentication on your iPhone:

1.Go to your iPhone’s Home screen by pressing the Home button once.iphone-home-screen
2.From the Home screen, open Settings.iphone-settings
3.In Settings, tap on your profile in the top-most portion of the screen. This is also the Apple ID page where all information about your account such as iCloud, iTunes & App store, and other account details are displayed.iPhone Settings Apple ID
4.Once you are on the Apple ID page, tap on Password & Security option.iPhone Settings Apple ID password and security
5.In the Password & Security page, tap on the Two-Factor Authentication option.iPhone Settings Apple ID password and security two factor
6.To enable the two-factor authentication feature, tap on Turn On.two factor authentication Turn ON
7.You will be asked to enter your phone number. Select your country, and enter your phone number in the appropriate fields.two factor authentication enter phone number
8.Choose between the two verification methods: text message or phone call.two factor authentication choose method text or call
9.You will receive the code via SMS or phone call accordingly.Apple verification message
10.Enter the verification code.Apple verification message enter verification Code
11.After entering the verification code, you will be taken to the previous page. Tap on the Turn On option again.two factor authentication Turn ON
12.Enter your iPhone passcode. The passcode you use to unlock your phone will be used to confirm your identity when signing into iCloud on a new device.Apple verification message enter Code
13.You will be taken again to the Suggestions page, tap on the Turn On option again.Turn On before icloud security code
14.Enter your iCloud Keychain Security Code.Turn On before icloud security code2
15.You are done. The list of trusted devices will be displayed at the bottom-most part of your Apple ID.Apple List of Trusted Devices

Note: If you are using iOS 9.2 or an earlier version, you can go to Settings > iCloud > tap your Apple ID > Password & Security > Turn on Two-Factor Authentication. You can proceed with Steps 6 to 15 in this tutorial.

Having that extra layer of protection for your Apple ID is a must. This way, personal and confidential data stored in your Apple account are protected. If you have some questions concerning enabling two-factor authentication on your iPhone, let us know in the comments section.

 

About Leomar Umpad

A supply chain operations manager by profession. A technology-lover and a writer by heart. I have the passion to teach and inform.
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