Is it possible to bypass two-factor authentication for iCloud?

A strong password is the first step to protecting your online accounts from unauthorized access. Two-factor authentication (2FA) adds an extra layer of protection. Two-factor authentication in iCloud or Apple ID is a permanent action. Once you set up or use 2FA in your iCloud account, you won’t be able to go back. The security mechanism cannot be disabled, deactivated, or disabled — temporarily or permanently.

You’ll need to provide a six-digit verification code after entering your password whenever you sign in to your Apple ID on a new browser or device. The 2FA code is sent to your phone number and the devices connected to your Apple/iCloud account. But what happens when you lose your Apple phone or device?

It can be difficult to access your iCloud account without 2FA, but it’s not impossible. In this guide, we will show how to bypass two-factor authentication in iCloud.

How To Bypass iCloud Two-Factor Authentication

As mentioned earlier, iCloud two-factor authentication cannot be bypassed. However, this process can be quite difficult and time consuming. To access your iCloud account without a 2FA code, you need to prove to Apple that you own the account.

All you need is your email address, phone number, and iCloud credit card details. You may need to initiate the account recovery process if you do not have this information.

Add another trusted phone number

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Adding a new phone number to your Apple ID is an easy way to regain access to your account. You are not exactly bypassing the two-factor authentication system by doing this. Rather, you are creating a new means of receiving 2FA codes.

This is the easiest way to access your Apple account if you lose the (primary/old) phone number where you got the 2FA code.

Add a trusted phone number on your iPhone or iPad

You can only add a trusted phone number from an Apple device associated with your Apple ID. Here’s how to add a trusted phone number from your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Go to yours Setting and choose yours Apple ID nameand choose Password & Security.
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  • Option Edit in section “Trusted phone number”Please choose Add a trusted phone numberand enter your iPhone or iPad passcode to continue.
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  • Select your country code and enter your phone number. Apple will send a verification code to the number you provided. Choose how you want to receive the code (Text messages or Call) and select To send.
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    Enter the verification code and wait for Apple to associate the phone number with your account. You will now receive a 2FA code on your new number when you try to sign in to your Apple ID on the web or on unrecognized devices.

    Add a trusted phone number on Mac

    Follow these steps to add a trusted phone number to your iCloud account on a desktop or Mac computer.

    1. Go System Preferences > Apple ID > Password & Security and choose Edit in the line “Trusted phone number”.
    Row Trusted Phone Numbers in Password & Security
    1. Choose plus symbol.
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    1. Enter your Mac’s password and select Allow.
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    1. Select your country code, enter your phone number in the dialog box, choose how you want to verify the phone number (text message or phone call) and select Continue.
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    When you next sign in on the web or a non-Apple device, you’ll receive a 2FA code on the newly added trusted phone number.

    Provide credit card information

    Your credit card details can help you access your iCloud account, especially if you can’t access your trusted phone number(s) and Apple devices.

    1. Option Did not receive the verification code? on the two-factor authentication page.
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    1. Option Another choice.
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    1. Enter the phone number to receive the two-factor authentication code and select Continue.
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    This helps Apple confirm that the iCloud account or Apple ID really belongs to you. If you don’t remember your phone number, you’ll need to reset your Apple ID password or start the account recovery process. Go to the # section to learn more. Otherwise, go to step # to continue recovering your Apple ID.

    1. Choose Continue and Apple will provide recovery solutions based on your selection.
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    If you select “Are your devices offline?”, Apple will list the steps to get verification codes from devices connected to your iCloud account.

    Get a code from Settings on one of your device screens

    Choose “Can’t use your phone number?” options will take you to a page with instructions for updating your phone number on Apple devices.

    Update your phone number from one of your device screens

    You’ll have to restore your Apple ID if you no longer have your phone number or Apple device. Option Continue in section “Don’t have access to any Apple devices or your phone number?” and follow the prompts below.

    1. Option Still continue proceed with.
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    1. Apple will send a verification code to your email address. Enter the code and select Continue. If not, choose Can’t use this email address? if you use a different email address. You will be prompted to enter the details of the (credit) card connected to your Apple ID.
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    1. Option No access to this card if you no longer have a credit card.
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    1. Option Continue proceed with.
    1. Enter your phone number on the next page if you are unable to provide a verification code (sent to your email address) or credit card information. Choose how you want to receive account recovery instructions — via text message or phone call — when Apple verifies your identity.
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    Apple says the verification process can take several days or longer — depending on the information you provide. The more information you provide, the shorter the “wait time”. So verifying your identity with an iCloud credit card is a faster way to bypass iCloud two-factor authentication and regain access to your account.

    You’ll receive instructions to recover your account via text message or phone call when Apple verifies that you own the account.

    2FA can’t stop you

    Contacting Apple via chat or phone call will not expedite the account recovery process because Apple Support representatives are not trained to verify a user’s identity. They can just guide you through the steps.

    If you don’t have your credit card details, fill out the contact form and wait for Apple to send you account recovery instructions (via text or phone call) after verifying your identity. Check out this Apple Support document to learn more about the two-factor authentication system.

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