Cannot sign into App Store/iTunes without second Apple device?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Monoke, Apr 10, 2019.

  1. Monoke macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2019

    I've reinstalled a copy of Mountain Lion and now I cannot sign into the App Store or iTunes.

    I've entered my correct Apple ID and password but I'm getting a message in red text stating that "An Apple ID verification code is required to sign in. Type your password followed by the verification code shown on your other devices".

    The trouble is that I don't have, in fact I have never had, another Apple device, so how can I access the verification code?

    When I sign into my Apple account via a web browser I can choose to have the verification code sent to my phone via text message, but there is no such option when attempting to sign into the App Store or iTunes.

    I'd appreciate some help with this. I must be overlooking something very simple. I find it hard to believe that I'm effectively locked out of my Mac because I don't have another Apple device.

    Thank you.
  2. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    I think you need to sign in to your Apple ID first on your Mac (System Preferences > iCloud). Then your Mac will become a trusted device, able to receive the verification codes needed.

    Keep in mind that Mountain Lion is very old. You might consider updating to the latest OS supported by your machine.
  3. Monoke thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2019
    Thanks for your reply. I tried that just now and I'm getting the exact same request for a verification code. Very bizarre.
  4. Monoke thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2019
  5. uniquexoxo macrumors member


    Aug 27, 2018
    South East Asia
    Was it because your iCloud is also associated to another Apple device that is trusted?

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