What happens when you change your iCloud password?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by humanresources, Jul 15, 2016.

  1. humanresources, Jul 15, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2016

    humanresources macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2016
    I wanna change my iCloud password since it's 5 years old, I haven't had a problem in years, but it seems like it's easy to be vulnerable to hacks and stuff nowadays, so I want to change my password now.

    My question is... what happens to your iOS and macOS devices when you change your password? I have two factor authentication enabled and I wanna save myself from further inconveniences when something wrong happens, I have 7 devices attached to this account, will I have to input my passwords to all of them again?

    Lots of hurdles to change a password... gotta update 1Password, iCloud Keychain, all 7 devices, etc etc... just wanna prepare.
  2. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    Yes. Once you change your Apple ID password, all places saved/used your Apple ID will need to change accordingly. This is something you must prepare.
    And likely you need to take care of your keychain password on your Mac, as this has some issues if you change your Apple ID password.
  3. lagwagon Suspended


    Oct 12, 2014
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    Why not add Two Factor to your account? Saves the hassle of worrying about if your password may be hackable. Anyone who try's logging in on the very off chance someone figures it out. They wouldn't be able to without the 6 digit pin sent to your trusted device.
  4. spitf1r3 macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2014
    He said he has it enabled.
  5. humanresources thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2016
    I do have it enabled, it's just that the passwords are really old and has been reused multiple times with various accounts. Now that I have 1Password and iCloud Keychain, it's a good idea to start separating passwords, not just for my iCloud account.
  6. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    Two factor is never a replacement to ignore needing a secure password.. I used to think the same. and while it offers "additional" protection, i can understand why most people treat is as replacement for strong passwords.
  7. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    I just did mine a few days ago and I have 2 factor also. It wasn't hard, and I think on my iStuff it asked for the 2 factor, but it was a text message on my iPhone.

    Very true! I use to think the same as well. I changed my password because I got an alert on my iPhone due to 2 factor, and I wasn't logged into anything. I did have a strong password, I don't ever use the same password twice, but I changed my password to be safe. While 2 factor is a big help, people can still get into Find My iPhone without this.

    Great idea! I did the same thing as well. 1Password is great and my whole family uses it now. I don't use iCloud Keychain anymore, I didn't see a need for it. Have you looked at apps that support 1Password? It's getting bigger and a lot of apps support it.

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