How Do I Reset My iCloud Mail Password?

Lost your Apple ID's password? Well, that's a big problem because your Apple ID password is also your iCloud Mail password, and as we all know (I hope) a strong password is the basis for your entire online defense. Without a secure password to keep your personal or work data safe you're easy prey for hackers. It's a thin line between a secure, but easy to remember password. It needs to be both long and complex enough that third parties can't easily figure it out, but at the same time it has to be something that you don't need to write down to remember, otherwise you risk someone discovering it.

Even if you have a fantastically long and intricately complex password that you managed to memorize you still can't rely on it forever. According to virtually all security experts, you must never use the same password on multiple accounts, and you have to change it every so often. The more you use and reuse a password the higher the chance it gets compromised. However, you may want to change or reset your iCloud Mail password because you lost it as well. Either way, here's how to do it.

How to Change Your iCloud Password.

  1. Visit the Apple ID page.
  2. Click "Forgot Apple ID or password" and follow the instructions until you have the correct login information
  3. Enter the Security page of your account and select "Change Password".
  4. Type your current Apple ID password.
  5. Enter the new password you want your account to use in the next field.
  6. Enter it again in the next field.
  7. Click "Change Password" at the bottom of the screen to make the changes.

The next time you use an Apple service, feature, or product that requires an Apple ID, you will have to sign in with the new password you just set. Make sure you update your Apple ID with this new password on all your Apple devices (like your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and your Mac desktop or laptop computer). Also, if you use your iCloud mail account with another email service different than Apple Mail or iCloud, make sure to update your password in the other email accounts as well.

If you have saved your Apple ID on any mobile device, then be sure you have set up a code lock on the device(s) in question for added security. Remember that anyone with access to your Apple ID and your password can make purchases that get billed to your account. So whatever you do make sure you don't skip this step in case someone gets their hands on your devices.

May 15, 2018

One Comment

  • Kathleen:

    Should I occasionally change my icloud mail/apple id password for security's sake? Is there a need to ever change it as long as everything is working well?