Restoring Apple ID

Restoring Apple ID


  • Restoring a forgotten Apple ID
  • Smartphone data
  • Using another Apple device
  • Apple Service Desk
  • Recovering from a used device

Access to any of Apple’s services requires an Apple ID and password, which also applies in full to the iCloud service. Based on these data, a specific physical user with a registered account is identified. Therefore, the loss of data about your own ID is tantamount to losing the key to the treasure trove of resources. So how do you find out your iCloud and restore full access to your device and all services?

Recovering a forgotten Apple ID

Apple ID is the same as the user’s email address that was used when you signed up for an Apple account. Thus, the owners of a single email do not have to guess for a long time. However, this situation is quite rare. To avoid getting into such a difficult situation, it is necessary to keep your Apple ID and password in a safe place when registering your device, as well as record all the additional data used to create an account. When dealing with this type of information, you should always be mindful of its confidentiality and not allow unauthorized persons to become aware of it.

Sometimes the registration is carried out by employees of the store or point of sale, so it is mandatory to remember (write down) all the registration information and take it with you. It is worth paying attention to the fact that various copies, drafts, notes and other registration information are not left with the seller (including in his garbage cans).

Smartphone data

If it is necessary to find out the ID data and the user is holding an unlocked iPad (iPod) or Mac device and has access to the App Store, provided that applications were previously downloaded from there, it is possible to read his Apple ID in the lower left corner of the program screen. If you have not installed applications from the App Store, you can try to read the ID value by going to the iCloud settings menu and looking at the “Account” parameter. In a similar visual way, you can try to get information from the FaceTime and Messages sections: if you have synced with iTunes at least once, you can see the Apple ID in the upper right corner when you open the iTunes Store section. You can also try to find out the ID by going to “My Programs” and activating the “Details” menu item for any installed application. In the window that opens, selecting the “File” tab and paying attention to the “Buyer” parameter, you can read the value you’re looking for.

However, such a lucky coincidence of circumstances and easy opportunities are extremely rare. In most cases, after turning on their device, the user is faced with the need to enter the Apple ID and password. There can be two possibilities here. The most disastrous is when the lost mode is activated and “This iPhone (iPad) was lost and erased” is displayed: the functionality of the device is practically impossible to restore, and it can be dismantled for parts. Provided that there is no such inscription, there is still hope for recovery.

Using another Apple device

Firstly, the user often has several Apple devices in use, and perhaps one of them is logged in to one of the services. If that’s the case, the ID can be seen on the unlocked device. When there is no access to any of the devices or there is only one gadget, you can use the help of a loved one. On their smartphone or tablet, you need to open the “Find iPhone” app, erase the data in the Apple ID field if necessary, and click “Forgot your Apple ID or password? Then you need to follow the instructions that appear on the screen.

Second, you should go to the access recovery page and try to recall the data offered by the system prompts that were entered when you registered and got your Apple ID. The more correct information you can recall, the more likely it is that actions to unlock the device will be successful.

Apple Service

The last and best option is to contact Apple support. Before contacting, it is worth trying once again to remember all the possible data used during registration. In addition, you should be ready to give detailed information related to the place of purchase of the device, its identification parameters indicated on the box, to present receipts and other information that will allow employees to make sure that the iPod or iPad is not stolen and belongs to the person who has applied for support, on legal grounds. Once staff is satisfied that the device belongs to the person it is supposed to belong to, the lockout will be lifted.

Restore when you buy a used device

When purchasing a second-hand device, it is advisable to verify the exiting from iCloud, iTunes Store, and App Store in the presence of the seller or with his help. In this case, after exiting the applications in the mandatory manner from the previous owner will be required to enter its Apple ID and complete disconnection by pressing the menu item “Turn off” or “Remove from the device.

It is necessary to erase all information of the previous owner by activating the “Erase content and settings” function in “Settings”. Sometimes the “Find Device” feature is enabled – the buyer or seller will need to know the ID and password to disable it. Erasing data and restoring factory settings may require you to enter the restriction password or the device password, so additional information may be required that was contained in the original sales documents. If you do not provide the above recommendations when purchasing a previously used device, there may be a situation in which the moment the old owner changes the password to his Apple ID, the seller’s information will forever remain on the buyer’s smartphone/tablet and in his iCloud.

From this article you have learned all the available ways to recover your Apple ID.