Some users may benefit from enabling Two-Factor Authentication with Apple ID to further protect and secure their devices and data, but sometimes people decide two-factor auth is too much of a hassle and want to disable the feature.
If you turn off two-factor authentication with an Apple ID, you’ll go back to relying exclusively on the proper input of a password and requiring answering security questions to gain and re-gain lost Apple ID access, thereby eliminating the need to have an authorized device nearby to receive a security code to authenticate with.
Disabling Two-Factor Authentication on Apple ID
- Open any web browser on any computer and go to appleid.apple.com
- Log in to the Apple ID you want to disable two factor authentication for, you may need to use two factor auth to gain access to the account
- Go to the Security section of account settings and choose Edit
- Locate the Two-Factor Authentication section where it says the feature is ON, and click the link to Turn Off Two-Factor Authentication
- Create new security questions to assign to the Apple ID, these are used in place of two-factor auth codes
- When finished disabling two-factor auth you can log out of the Apple ID management website
Whether or not to use two-factor authentication is largely a matter of personal preference, there is no right or wrong answer here. Remember, you can always turn on two-factor auth for Apple ID again if you decide to use the service again at a later date. Either way, be sure to use a strong password.
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