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Jul 07, 2021
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Juliya Smith

How To Turn Off Two Factor Authentication On iPhone

One of the essential requirements for today’s parents is to protect their kid’s security and privacy on their iPhones. Since an Apple ID account contains contacts and email addresses, photos and videos, purchase history, and credit card information, it is crucial to protect this data.

When it comes to digital security, the terms two-step and two-factor are frequently interchanged. However, Apple offers two slightly different types of enhanced security, known as two-step authentication and two-factor authentication. These are the two different terms that can be confusing. However, you must first understand the options available and the risks associated with them to determine which option is best for you.

Many users turn on their two-factor authentication and find it difficult to disable it. In this guide, I will briefly describe two-factor authentication and how you can disable it on your iPhone.

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What is Two Factor Authentication?

Two-factor authentication is a safety feature that requires you to enter a secondary code in addition to your password when logging in from a new or untrusted device. You require two ways to demonstrate your identity - a password and a verification code that is normally sent to your phone.

In addition to your standard password, it requires a secondary checking code from a trusted device when you need to check Apple ID from another iPhone or MacBook.

For example, suppose you access your account on the Apple login page using a friend's computer that you've never used before. In that case, you'll be required to enter an Apple ID password, and a code sent to your phone number or email address that has already been verified with your account.

Once you have successfully logged in with that device, you will not be asked for secondary code again unless you do not log out, delete the device, or change your password because of a security breach. Even if there is a case of someone knowing your password, two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your Apple ID, ensuring that you are the only person who can access your account.

Although the risk of someone other accessing your account through another untrusted device is extremely low. Some users may not find the extra hassle worth it. So, how can you disable two-step verification? And, why should you disable it?

Why Should You Disable It?

Apple's two-factor authentication process has become commonplace in recent years, but you may want to reduce the complexity of your account by turning off two-factor authentication for a variety of reasons.

You might frequently access your account from different, untrusted devices, such as a school or public workspace, and become tired of completing two-factor authentication all day.

If you have updated your number recently or upgraded your hardware, then you might want to avoid using the two-factor authentication process to connect these accounts or devices.

By removing two-factor authentication, you may feel less anxious about relying on yet another system (or your own memory) to work all of the time flawlessly, and you may be less worried about being logged out by mistake. If you use your account only for limited, basic features or only plan to use a device for a short period of time, you may be less concerned about the privacy of your information.

For instance, you could borrow a device while it is being repaired or rent one for travel.

Furthermore, most of us would prefer to avoid dealing with technical support or having difficulty troubleshooting these issues on our own if we are locked out of our Apple ID login during the two-factor authentication process. At least, you can configure and update some Apple ID verification settings at any time so that it is important to comprehend the process and what works for you.

Can You Turn Off Two Factor Authentication?

You should be able to disable two-factor authentication for your Apple ID login if you created it with an updated version of iOS or macOS. Suppose you disable two-factor authentication with your Apple ID. In that case, you'll be redirected to a two-step verification process that relies on the correct entry of a password and the answering of security questions. This alternative two-step verification cannot be disabled because Apple requires at least one login method.

Unlike two-step authentication, two-factor authentication on an iPhone cannot be turned off once it is enabled. But there is one way to do it. You have two-week to turn off two-factor authentication starting from the time you first activated it. Once the two weeks are over, it'll be permanent after that.

If you don’t have an option to disable two-factor authentication on the Apple ID login page, it is likely that you cannot disable it. In these situations, you will need to contact Apple support to disable two-factor authentication or create a new iCloud ID on the website of Apple and change your device's iCloud ID.

How to Turn Off Two Factor Authentication?

When it comes to securing our data and privacy, two-factor authentication is unquestionably an effective method of safeguarding the information that we consider sensitive. I highly recommend all users enable this option. However, there can be times when you can find two-factor authentication uncomfortable or consider these measures to be excessive.

Therefore, I'll show you how to turn off two-factor authentication on your Apple ID so that you can get to your device's settings faster, even if the security level drops significantly. I'll walk you through the steps to deactivate two-factor authentication on your Apple ID:

For Desktop

  • Log in to your Apple account from any computer or browser using the Apple login page. If you're using an unfamiliar device, you may be required to complete two-factor authentication now.
  • Click the Edit option present in the security section.
  • Find the Two Factor Authentication section, which states the feature is On, and click on the Turn Off Two Factor Authentication option. And, click again to verify.
  • Create new security questions and confirm your date of birth. You will also need to determine the rescue email.
  • Your rescue email is not the same as your iCloud email. You need to enter a code sent to this email to verify the rescue email.
  • Check your Apple ID account's inbox for an email to confirm that two-factor authentication is disabled.

For Mobile

  • Go to settings and click on your Apple ID.
  • Go to the Password & Security option.
  • Click on Turn Off Two Factor Authentication and tap the Continue option.

Conclusion

Two-step verification is an extra layer of security for your Apple ID that prevents other people from accessing your phone, even if they know your login credentials. But sometimes, it does get annoying when you are in haste and want to access your phone quickly.

Also, sometimes you might need to turn off the two-factor authentication if you want to set parental control on your kid’s iPhone, hack their screen time or lock their iPhone remotely. So, to disable two-factor authentication, you can disable it only within two weeks of enrollment.

If you feel like turning it back on, remember you can do that easily at any time by going back to your iCloud account's settings section.

FAQ

How can I get my Apple authentication code without a trusted device?

If you sign up and don't have a trusted device that can show verification codes, you can send the code via text message or an automated telephone call to your trusted phone number. Tap the Didn't Get a Code option on the sign-in screen and choose to have the code sent to a phone number you can trust.

Can I get my Apple verification code sent to my email?

You cannot receive an Apple verification code via email. In order to receive verification codes, two-factor authentication requires a phone number or another trusted Apple device. You can add another trusted phone number if you want. If you don't have another Apple device, two-factor authentication is probably not the best option for you.

Can I turn off two-factor authentication after I turn it on?

If you turn on two-factor authentication then, you can no longer turn off two-factor authentication. The only way is to unenroll the changes within two weeks of enrollment.


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Juliya Smith

Hello, I am Juliya a mother of 2 children and a content editor at fenced.ai where I share parenting tips and guides on how to keep your child safe online.