iOS 11 on iPad asking for iPhone passcode? Suspicious.

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by ipedro, Jun 21, 2017.

  1. ipedro macrumors 68040


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    Is this legit? I've never had my iPad ask for my iPhone's passcode.

  2. BrettDS macrumors 65816

    Nov 14, 2012
    It does seem odd if that just popped up out of the blue. I used the new iOS 11 easy setup option to set up my new iPad Pro from my phone and the iPad asked for the phone passcode during that process, which makes sense, but I haven’t see it pop up again since the initial setup.
  3. shyam09 macrumors 68020


    Oct 31, 2010
    Even when I set up my iPad Pro 12.9" on iOS 10, I got the same message while setting up. I can't remember a time when I got it randomly post-setup.
  4. lmcrael macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2014
    I believe this is part of the two factor authentication. I received the same thing when I updated my iPad to iOS 11
  5. ipedro thread starter macrumors 68040


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    Thank you for your help guys. Apple Support on Twitter was no help. The customer service bots on Twitter are frustratingly useless. It's hurting Apple's reputation for customer service.

    This popped up when I set up iCloud after installing iOS 11 on my iPad as a brand new device and skipping the initial iCloud setup. Looks like it's normal but I have to say that it's not very intuitive. My iPhone passcode should only ever be input in my iPhone. Any other device that asks for it looks suspicious.
  6. theshoehorn macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2010
    Pretty sure this has to do with iCloud Keychain. It's encrypted your keychain with your iPhone passcode. To use it, you need to decrypt it so it can be loaded onto the iPad.
  7. infernohellion macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2006
    The thing is that the Beta isn’t officially an Apple product yet that’s why there’s no support for it. Right now its accepted as is and Apple would only take feedback through proper channels.
  8. Mascots macrumors 68000


    Sep 5, 2009
    Don't forget this is beta software: Apple support will not be briefed on details until everything has been set in stone.

    All speculation: Since you skipped setup, your iPad probably doesn't have the key needed to unlock the encryption key to actually open your iCloud stuff. Is your iPhone on iOS 11 and on the same network? It's probably just wanting to grab the key directly from your phone instead of requiring you verify with iCloud's servers as a convenience.

    There's not really information here and Apple hasn't updated their white paper, so your guess is as good as mine.
  9. modemthug macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2010
  10. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    Ding ding ding! We have a winner!

    Basically, nowadays when two-factor auth gets switched on, instead of an arbitrary pass phrase picked by you... Apple just takes the passcode of the first device you converted and uses that as your "recovery key".

    Unfortunately they don't actually explain this very clearly.
  11. Mtmspa macrumors 6502a

    May 13, 2013
    Pretty sure that is a virus. Better wipe the device.
  12. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2016
    the pool
    Lol, might even need to go get a me iPad

    Probably a hardware level virus
  13. Dave-Z macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2012
    I've had this happen, but I'm not sure why. I think it's some requirement for decrypting data for iCloud Keychain or HomeKit.

    When it happened to me my current passcode didn't work, I had to use a passcode that was last used several years prior.
  14. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    It’s happened to me quite a few times. Seems normal.
  15. itsmilo macrumors 68020


    Sep 15, 2016
    So irritating. My relatives have a hard time to distinguish between Passcode, Sim Pin and AppleID password as it is

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