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Set Up Apple ID Two Factor Authentication

How to properly set up two-factor authentication for Apple ID

Posted by Aimee , Feb 21, 2020

"I'm using a MacBook, iPad, and iPhone. In order to use them more conveniently, I plan to enable the Auto Unlock feature. Before using it, two-factor authentication must be enabled. When I set it up on my Mac, the screen displays errors message 'Two-factor authentication is not available for your Apple ID at this time'. What is going on here? "
Two-factor authentication is a complementary security measure. Once it is enabled, you can only use your account on trusted iOS devices. If you're still using 2-step verification, you can convert it to two-factor authentication. In general, two-factor authentication will be more secure and better protect your personal information. Read this article to learn how to set up two-factor authentication.

Part 1: Enable two-factor authentication on Mac

For macOS Catalina users:
Apple menu > System Preferences > Apple ID > Password & Security > Two-Factor Authentication
Click in the order above to open it.
For users of other versions:
1. Open the Apple menu and find the "System Preferences" item.
2. Select "Account Details" in iCloud.
3. After clicking "Security", you can find "Two-Factor Authentication" and open it.

Enable two-factor authentication on Mac

Note: To turn on two-factor verification, you need to turn off two-step verification. They cannot be used at the same time.
By the way, if you've ever bothered about recovering lost files from your Mac, then you can get help through this link.

Part 2: How to turn off two-step verification

1. Enter and go to appleid.apple.com on your computer.
2. Complete the Apple ID login in the interface.
3. Click "Security" and then "Edit". Finally, you can click to turn off two-step verification.

Turn Off Two-Step Verification

Two-step verification or two-factor authentication can protect the security of personal information. Data backup using iTunes or iCloud can avoid the loss of files. If you do not like or are not suitable to use iTunes or iCloud, then you can use the data backup function in RecoveryTool iPhone Data Recovery to get rid of the limitations of iTunes or iCloud.

Part 3: Turn on two-factor authentication on iOS devices

If you don't have a Mac and haven't used two-step verification, you can set up two-factor authentication directly on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
For iOS 10.3 or later users:
1. Open the "Settings" app on your iOS device.
2. Click on the Apple ID name to find "Password & Security".
3. After that, you will see the option of "Turn On Two-Factor Authentication".
4. Click "Continue" twice in succession, and follow the interface to complete the remaining operations.
For earlier iOS versions, perform the following to turn on and set up two-factor authentication:
Click Settings > Find iCloud > Go to Apple ID > Click Password & Security > After clicking Turn On Two-Factor Authentication, tap Continue.

Turn on Two-Factor Authentication

The above is how to set up two-factor authentication. Other issues may occur during the use of iOS devices, such as installing IPSW files on iPhones without using iTunes. You can refer to other articles in RecoveryTool.

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