How to get rid of "two-factor Authentication" nag screens?

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by 7enderbender, Apr 22, 2017.

  1. 7enderbender macrumors 6502a


    May 11, 2012
    North East US
    Since the latest "update" my Mac and MacBook keep reminding in to "finish" two-factor authentication. I don't want it. I don't need it. How can I get rid of this? It's annoying and it seems to kick me out of my iCould and iTunes account occasionally it seems.
  2. Fancuku macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2015
    PA, USA
    It was annoying me too and couldn't find a solution on how to block it. A couple of days ago I went ahead and turned the damn thing on. And it got even more annoying after that.
    Then I turned it off on both, the iphone and my Macs and now am happy again. I haven't been asked since.
  3. 7enderbender thread starter macrumors 6502a


    May 11, 2012
    North East US

    Thanks. Just did that on my iPhone, Macbook and Mac. Hope that does it. And I hope the kids and the wife didn't mess with anything on their devices...
  4. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    Open the setup for 2FA, then cancel.
    Here's one way to do that:
    System Preferences, then iCloud pane.
    Click on Account Details.
    When the account opens, click on the Security tab.
    Click Turn On Two-Factor Authentication...
    Then, important, click Cancel (don't continue, unless you really want to do this)
    Click Done, then quit System Preferences. And, the little reminder will not return.
  5. texasmccoy macrumors member


    Sep 24, 2010
    Montgomery County, Texas
    I had this same problem on my MacBook Air running OS High Sierra 10.13.3 ... here is what I did:
    :apple: (apple icon at top of screen) > System Preferences > iCloud
    This generated a window with a list of apps that can be shacked up with iCloud. At the very top of the list was the nagging notification about two-factor-authentication, with a "continue" button.
    Hitting the continue button generated another small window with three options: turn on, learn more, and not now. I clicked the "not now" option, then "continue" button at the bottom of that window.
    Voila! Nagging reminders about two-factor authentication and associated annoying red badge on my system preferences icon are all now gone, and I am happy.
    You're welcome, everyone ;)
  6. alzatron macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2007
    How do I turn OFF the nag to set up two-factor authentication on iPhone? (I got the nag turned off on my Mac.)

    I do not have, or want two-factor authentication. How can I make the reminder go away on iPhone?

    This is showing up on my settings screen. Normally, I would just tap on this to see what happens but I'm afraid that might end up doing exactly what I don't want to do.
  7. alzatron macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2007
    I can now answer my own question. The nag goes off by itself after about two weeks. I took no action whatsoever on my iPhone.
  8. pMRa macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2018
    Thank you so much: This is the one that has worked for me quite beautifully!

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