On iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and newer versions, Apple allowed users to make it easier to recover their Apple Account by adding a trusted person (such as family or friends) as their Recovery Contact contact. Therefore, if you do not remember your Apple ID password, the recovery recipient can share a six-digit recovery code to enter on your device.
Each user can add up to five recovery contacts to their Apple account. To add a recovery contact, make sure your device (iPhone or iPad or Mac) is running the latest software version, and 2-step Apple ID authentication is enabled. You must also be over 13 years old.
How to set up a recovery contact on iPhone and iPad
On iPhone and iPad with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 or later, you can set up a recovery contact (a friend or family member). Go to Settings to get started on your iPhone or iPad. Then, tap your Apple account name at the top of the screen.
Under your Apple account, Password & Security Choose.
In Password & Security, tap Account Recovery Tap.
In the Recovery Assistance section, tap Add Recovery Contact Tap.
If you are a member of the Family Sharing group, Apple will show it to you by default; Otherwise you can click on Choose Someone Else Tap to add someone from your contact list.
By selecting the contact, you will see a preview of the pre-written, editable message for the person you want to retrieve as the contact.
You can change this message either directly on the button Send hit.
An invitation will now be sent to the person you added as the recovery contact. That person must accept your request to appear as a recovery recipient on your iPhone or iPad.
How to set up a recovery contact on a Mac
If you’ve forgotten your Mac password, the process of adding a recovery contact on your Mac is somewhat similar to the iPhone and iPad. Mac requires macOS Monterey or later to add a recovery contact. Click the Apple menu in the upper left corner and select System Preferences start.
In System Preferences, click the Apple ID icon at the top right.
In the Apple ID settings, from the left column Password & Security Select and press the button Manage Click next to Account Recovery.
In the popup window that appears, click on the icon + Tap to add a new recovery contact.
In the window that opens, Add Recovery Contact Select and enter your Mac Administrator password to continue.
If you are a member of the Family Sharing group, you will see members of this group. Also, you can on the option Choose Someone Else Click to select a contact from your Mac, iCloud and Google Account.
A blue mark will appear on the selected recovery contact. Continue, on the button Continue hit.
This will give you a customizable request message that you should send to the person you added as the recovery contact. That person must accept your invitation to Recovery Assistance Appear as part of Account Recovery.
We hope you find this tutorial useful. Have you ever added a recovery contact to your Apple device? We suggest that you do not hesitate to do this for added security.