We all know that security is a top priority for Apple, and if the user’s account has been hacked it gets suspended. A message stating that your account has been ‘locked for security reasons’. This is bad as your Apple ID and password are needed throughout the network of Apple services. Read on to know how to unlock disabled Apple ID for security reasons.

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How to Unlock disabled Apple ID for Security Reasons

So it is inconvenient if your Apple account gets locked, especially if you’re trying to download the latest app from the App Store or trying to reply to an email. However, this does mean someone tried to log in to your Apple account, and Apple stopped them. The Apple ID gets locked when someone enters a wrong password multiple times.

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Apple ID Disabled – Your Apple ID has been disabled for security reasons

Here’s what you can do to unlock a disabled Apple ID and account that was locked due to security issues.

How to know if your Apple ID is locked?

If you think your Apple ID got locked, one of these alerts should appear:

  • You can’t sign in because the account was deactivated for security reasons.
  • Your Apple ID has been disabled for security reasons.
  • This Apple ID is locked for security reasons.

What you can do if your Apple ID was locked?

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Unlock Apple ID account that was locked for security reasons

  • Take your Mac and launch Safari.
  • To unlock your Apple ID visit the ‘iForgot’ Apple’s website.
  • Enter your email, first name and last name -> select ‘Next’.
  • If two-step verification was enabled you need to put in the recovery key. If this was not enabled skip to the later step. Then you should print out the recovery key and store it somewhere safely. Enter the key number and select ‘Next’. Now choose the phone number that was used for two-step verification and select continue. Enter the Verification Code and select ‘Continue’.
  • Enter the new password and confirm password field -> select Reset Password.

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You can’t unlock Apple ID without changing password – Create a new password

And that’s all you need to do to resent your Apple ID’s password. This unlocks the disabled Apple ID / account. However, you need to use the latest password with accounts on your Mac and iPhone.

For unlocking a disabled Apple ID: Update the password on your iDevice.

Follow these steps to update the password:

  1. Select Settings -> iCloud -> Edit (if asked) by tapping on it.
  2. Enter the new password and select ‘Done’.

Read Also: How to Delete iCloud account without password

And for updating the password in Mac OS X

  • Launch System Preferences by going to Apple menu and then System Preferences.
  • Select iCloud -> Sign Out.
  • Enter the new password and choose Sign In.

You would also need to enter the new password as needed in App Store, iTunes, FaceTime, and other Apple offerings. These should request the password as needed and then for later, remember the new password. We hope this post was helpful to you.

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  • UnlockBoot

    You need to visit iforgot to recover your Apple ID. Please follow the steps in the article above.

  • Santo

    I do not have access to the recovery email. How can I unlock my Apple ID without the recovery email? Please help me. I can’t use my iPhone and my data will be lost.

  • mamoun Sinaceur

    how to unlock without recovery email or security question i can’t access both of them please help

  • UnlockBoot

    You must to have access to your recovery email at least.

  • ahmed

    i forget my email and my birthday dont match

  • Allen

    What if dont have a pc?

  • UnlockBoot

    You can access the website from your iPhone or iPad. But you need to click firs Request Desktop Site.

  • Nidza

    No help for me , they found ID after click on “goto your account” . I got page with “something wrong … page not exist”

  • Mike

    How can I unlock Apple ID without password? I forgot the password and I can’t reset it. The apple id is attached on my device – how can I remove it and add new one without password?

  • Chris

    Hello. I forgot my email and password. How can I unlock Apple ID without email, password or security questions? Can I use my phone number to reset it? Please help!

  • dil tako

    Hello, Stephan I can sign in into app store with my apple id and password. i can change my apple id password with my alternative email and even i can access with my security questions.I even tried to change my password many endless time. But while downloading a new app or updating an older one it says “your Apple ID has been disabled”. Is my apple id permanently locked? How do you assist me solving this situation. Please .

  • Casey Mansmann

    my apple ID was locked for security purposes, they showed me an attempt to hack my acct. how can i make sure this doesnt happen again, should i change the email associated with apple id

  • Dear Stephan: Put a publish date on this article. The article links to a repo that’s three years old and you’re still updating the modified date it because it’s driving you traffic which is almost as pathetic as your overall SEO strategy and avatar.