iTunes - Account Recovery w/2 factor = month + wait?

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Do you have iTunes Two-Factor Authentication enabled?

Poll closed Feb 13, 2017.
  1. Yes

    8 vote(s)
    66.7%
  2. No

    4 vote(s)
    33.3%
  1. jackedint macrumors newbie

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    I forgot my password to my iTunes account, so have attempted to use their account recovery feature. I go though the process, including verifying my credit card on file, getting the text code (the 2 factor), clicking the e-mail confirming account recovery (attempted from both trusted devices on my account, iPhone 6 & an iPad Air 2 on iOS 10.2), but eventually it just says wait & it will take a few days.

    So I first tried this process in late November, nothing more from Apple
    So I tried again on 12/21... nothing again, so I decided to wait at least a week (ended up being 3 weeks)
    So I tried again on 01/13, nothing more
    So I tried again on 01/14, nothing, contacted Apple support this time

    Apple support had me do it again, nope... had me check my SPAM, nope (Always good about checking that anyway)

    She suggested because of the holiday traffic, I do not do it again and wait a month+ this time for the next e-mail. A month? WHAT?

    I can log into my iTunes account via my fingerprint. I was just able to add a gift card today but that is not the point. I need my iTunes password. Why? Well we all have experienced the times where the account needs more than just your fingerprint. Specifically why do I need my iTunes password? I want to reset my iPhone 6 and start from new without using a iCloud backup, to see if it resolves a battery issue. (Some app or setting might be causing the battery drain problem) You need your iTunes password reset from new to download applications you have purchased previously & re-setup your fingerprint. I had time this weekend but looks like I need to wait another month?

    Apple support stated there is some sort of backlog with trying to use account recovery with 2 factor security enabled. Basically inferring it was my fault for having this extra level of security & I should "reconsider" using it in the future when I get back into my account! Wait what? I understand a backlog but a month+ to fix this issue sounds like a serious system problem.

    My ONLY option is not only wait (a month+) but was suggested (& I did) to provided Apple support feedback via http://www.apple.com/feedback/ to let them know of my problem.

    At this point, maybe I might get faster account recovery (*** THIS IS A JOKE ***) if I write a snail mail letter to Apple support pleading my case, cutting out the letters individually from tabloid magazines while eating powered donuts of course. (*** THIS IS A JOKE ***) sigh... of course i will NOT do this but decided to vent here.

    Anyone else have Two-Factor Authentication enabled? do NOT try to use account recovery right now...
     
  2. bcave098 macrumors 6502

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    If you have access to a trusted device with a passcode, just go to Settings > iCloud > (your name) > Password & Security > Change Password. If you can access your trusted device, account recovery turns off when you unlock it.
     
  3. jackedint thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Apple support had me go to both my trusted devices. (iPhone 6 & iPad Air 2) & attempt that

    the problem is it asks me for my "Current Password" to "Change Password"... that the root of the problem! I do NOT know my current password. (I tried typing something in & leaving it blank, no luck!)
     
  4. jackedint thread starter macrumors newbie

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    not sure why this got moved to the mac forum. I do not own a mac?

    iPhone 6, iPhone Air 2 & Apple Watch series 0

    no mac
     
  5. akadafni macrumors regular

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    My recommendation is to not use 2 Factor at all unless you are diligent about keeping your trusted devices and telephone number up to date
     
  6. jackedint thread starter macrumors newbie

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    the trusted devices are correctly listed & the telephone number is up to date. my # has not changed in 15 years & it is the only one I have used with Apple. That said, it sends texts to my # no problem
     
  7. bcave098 macrumors 6502

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    In this case, you'll need to turn off your trusted devices (leave them off) and then start account recovery. Otherwise it will turn off whenever you unlock the trusted devices.
     
  8. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Did you talk to a supervisor? Or was it just a regular customer service rep?
     
  9. jackedint thread starter macrumors newbie

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    regular rep
     
  10. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Would try calling again and getting it escalated to a supervisor then. They'll work it out for you.
     
  11. bcave098 macrumors 6502

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    Second level techs can't do anything else in this situation. The advice I stated in post 7 is going to be the solution in this specific case.
     
  12. akadafni macrumors regular

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    2 Factor Authentication is an automated process. Sr. Advisors cannot do anything to change the process. Gonna have to wait. I've heard of folks having to wait 3 weeks. Nothing can be done
     
  13. Tech198 macrumors G4

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    From memory u can do this do just about anything... If u have a trusted device, and logged into icloud, Apple can send u a code to that device which u prove over the phone when they ask...

    This works 100% of the times as a last resort on pretty much anything u encounter., even on accounts which u cannot even verify ownership......... but u still must have a trusted device u have access to to prove. and logged into icloud

    If u can't even do that,, then I don't think Apple will even help you. You gotta jump through hoops,but it does work...

    i'm not sure it will work with 2 factor, but if were u i'd give it a shot anyway.... There is no harm and u may have been up and running allot sooner. However, don't just think that Apple would always do this,,, it would be a once off.
     
  14. bcave098 macrumors 6502

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    Does not work with Two-Factor. They can't reset the password over the phone at all, account recovery is the only option in this case.
     
  15. Ambern97 macrumors newbie

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    What is the purpose of account recovery how does it work and why does it takes so long to recover from your iCloud account for iCloud recovery accout
     
  16. bcave098 macrumors 6502

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    Account recovery is an automated process to allow you to gain access to your account. No one can answer in much greater detail either question. AppleCare employees really only know what's in the support articles and they have no power to speed up the process.
     
  17. khowar69 macrumors newbie

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