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How to Keep Your Apple ID Secure With a Recovery Key (to Prevent Identity Theft and Hacking)

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When it comes to iPhone security, Apple prioritizes it above all else. It’s no wonder iPhones are known as some of the most secure smartphones available.

Your iPhone is equipped with strong security measures straight out of the box, ensuring your data remains protected without requiring additional actions from you.

But what if I told you there’s one more thing you could do to protect your data and keep the bad guys out forever?

In this story, we’ll talk about the Apple ID recovery key: what it is, how to set it up, and why you might want to use it. Let’s get to it.

What Is an Apple ID Recovery Key?

But what exactly is an Apple recovery key, and how does it work?

Essentially, the recovery key is a randomly generated 28-character code that is uniquely tied to your Apple ID.

It serves as a fail-safe mechanism, allowing you to verify your identity and regain access to your account in case of a forgotten password or other access issues.

You might be wondering about the Account Recovery method. It’s still available, but you can only use one method at a time. So, you have to choose only one and stick to it.

Note: You can set up and use a recovery key in iOS 14 or later, iPadOS 14 or later, or macOS Big Sur or later.

Should You Set Up an Apple ID Recovery Key? 

Imagine the frustration of being locked out of your Apple ID, unable to access your emails, photos, or other important data.

Whether due to a forgotten password or unforeseen account complications, such scenarios can quickly escalate into stressful experiences.

That’s where the recovery key comes in handy. It provides peace of mind in situations like this, allowing you to instantly regain access to your account.

You don’t have to use the recovery key, but Apple recommends it over Account Recovery because it’s more secure and gives you more control.

But there are a few important things you should keep in mind…

With the Account Recovery method, you’ll need to verify your identity with Apple to confirm your ownership of the device.

However, this process can be lengthy, taking up to 14 days, and there’s no guarantee that your data will be recovered.

Despite being the rightful owner of the Apple device, if you can’t provide sufficient proof, you might risk losing your data.

In contrast, with the recovery key, you can regain access to your account if you forget your passcode without relying solely on Apple’s verification process.

You should know that if you lose the recovery key, you’ll not be able to access your account. Not even Apple can help you at this point.

You better make multiple copies of that recovery key and store them in multiple places.

At the end of the day, choosing to set up a recovery key for your Apple ID comes down to your responsibility to keep that key safe and accessible whenever you need it.

Note: If you lose your recovery key and cannot access any of your trusted devices, you will be permanently locked out of your account.

How to Set Up an iPhone Recovery Key

Now that you understand the importance of a recovery key, here’s how to set up one for your Apple ID.

1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on your Apple ID name at the top of the screen.

iPhone owner name

2. Tap on “Sign In & Security” to access your Apple ID security settings.

iOS sign in and security feature

3. Within the security settings, locate and tap on “Account Recovery” to begin the process of setting up your recovery key.

Set up account recovery on iPhone

4. Tap on “Recovery Key.”

iOS recovery key feature

5. Turn on the switch next to “Recovery Key“. You might be prompted to authenticate yourself with your iPhone passcode, Touch ID, or Face ID.

Enable recovery key on iPhone

6. When prompted, agree to create the key by selecting “Use Recovery Key” from the popup that appears on the screen.

Using recovery key on iPhone

7. Once generated, your recovery key will be displayed on the screen, then tap Continue.

Apple ID recovery key created

8. On the following screen, enter your Recovery Key to verify it, then tap “Next” at the upper right to complete the setup process.

Verify Apple ID recovery key

Bottom Line

Ensure that this code is stored securely, either by printing it out or saving it in a secure digital format.

You should treat your recovery key with the same level of confidentiality as your password, as it provides access to your Apple ID account.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Herby has a healthy obsession with all things technology, especially smartphones. He loves to rip things apart to see how they work. He is responsible for the editorial direction, strategy, and growth of Gotechtor.

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