Fix Constant Apple ID Verification Password Pop-Ups on iPhone & iPad
Some iPhone and iPad users have discovered their devices keep asking them repeatedly for their Apple ID to be verified with a password. If you have this issue, this Apple ID password verification pop-up appears at random but frequently, and you’ll see it appear anytime you reboot the device on the lock screen, and often when unlocking the device after a period of going unused.
There are actually two different pop-ups you may encounter with this issue in iOS, the wording is either “Apple ID Verification – Enter the password for (Apple ID) in Settings” or “Apple ID Password – The password for (Apple ID) needs to be updated.” in both cases, you’ll have an option to go to “Settings” and to “Sign In”.
So, what’s going on, and how do you fix the constant Apple ID verification request?
Constant iOS Apple ID Password Verification Pop-Up Alert Fix
Resolving the continuous Apple ID password verification request is usually by doing the following:
- When you see the Apple ID Verification pop-up message, choose “Settings”
- Sign into the Apple ID with the password for the account as usual, this will make the message go away temporarily
- Next, back up the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iCloud and iTunes, you need to backup the device because you likely need to update iOS software
- Open the Settings app and go to “General” followed by “Software Update”, install any software updates that are waiting available – If you’re already on the latest version of iOS and there are no software updates available skip this step, reboot the device, and go to the next
- When the device boots back up, go back to “Settings”, then to “iCloud” and tap on the Apple ID username and email address, then sign in to iCloud when requested
- Exit out of Settings, you shouldn’t see the Apple ID verification pop-up again
A bit of jumping around, a possible iOS update, a reboot, and multiple logins for the same Apple ID and iCloud account, but for most users this resolves the issue. Contrary to some other reports on discussion boards, you do not need to log out or change the Apple ID to resolve the issue, simply verifying the password and rebooting is usually enough.
If you reboot the device after this, you should no longer see the lock-screen error message requesting Apple ID password verification.
Of course, you can just ignore the pop-ups and nothing seems to change, though if you don’t login to the Apple ID then your device won’t be backing up to iCloud and you’ll see a “last backup could not be completed” error message until the issue is resolved.
Quite a few users have experienced this frustrating issue as shown in various Apple discussion threads, another similar issue exists with some versions of iOS with constant iCloud backup password requests in the form of a pop-up. Both of these are likely a bug that will be sorted out in a future iOS version, so be sure to keep iOS updated (or consider to use automatic iOS update if you regularly procrastinate). Nevertheless, if your iPhone keeps asking for your Apple ID password and verification, now you at least know how to fix it.
By the way, Mac users may also find that iCloud in OS X is asking for the password randomly with Messages, FaceTime, or iCloud usage, and if you encounter the issue on one device, chances seem to be that you’ll encounter it on another soon after as well.