How to Replace a Lost Recovery Key for Apple ID with iPhone or iPad

Sep 20, 2021 - 1 Comment

How to Replace Lost Recovery Key on iPhone

Apple reintroduced the Recovery Key security feature in modern iOS and iPadOS versions that may come in handy for resetting your Apple ID password. Recovery Key acts as an extra layer of security for your Apple account just in case you forget your password, and lose access to your trusted device. But what happens if you need a new recovery key for your Apple ID?

Although resetting an Apple ID password is a pretty simple task in most cases, things could get super complicated and frustrating if you don’t have access to the device you’re already signed into. However, with Recovery Key turned on, you can use the 28-digit unique key as an alternate method to reset the password rather than having to go through various hoops such as entering payment method details and answering your security questions for a password reset.

That being said, you could still lose your recovery key which means more trouble. Thankfully, if you have access to a device you’re already signed into, you can quickly create a new recovery key in case you lose the current one. Let’s take a look at how you can can replace a lost recovery key on your iPhone.

How to Replace a Lost Recovery Key for Apple ID via iPhone or iPad

As long as you have access to a device running iOS 14/iPadOS 14 or newer that you’re already signed into the same Apple ID with, replacing the recovery key with a new one is a pretty straightforward procedure.

  1. Head over to “Settings” from the home screen of your iPhone or iPad.

    iOS settings icon
  2. In the settings menu, tap on your Apple ID Name located right at the top.

    How to Replace Lost Recovery Key on iPhone
  3. Here, head over to “Password & Security” as shown in the screenshot below.

    How to Replace Lost Recovery Key on iPhone
  4. Next, scroll down to the bottom of the menu and tap on “Recovery Key”.

    How to Replace Lost Recovery Key on iPhone
  5. Now, tap on “Create New Recovery Key” as shown in the screenshot below.

    How to Replace Lost Recovery Key on iPhone
  6. You’ll get a pop-up on your screen prompting you to confirm your action. Choose “Replace Recovery Key” to proceed. You’ll be asked to entire your device passcode.

    How to Replace Lost Recovery Key on iPhone
  7. Your 28-digit recovery key will now be shown to you. You can write it down in a safe place that you’re able to easily access. Once you’re done, tap on “Continue”.

    How to Replace Lost Recovery Key on iPhone
  8. Now, you’ll need to manually type in your recovery key for verification and making sure that you haven’t made any mistakes while noting it down. Tap “Next” when you’re done.

    How to Replace Lost Recovery Key on iPhone

There you have it, you’ve managed to change the recovery key for your Apple account right from your iPhone or iPad.

Once again, we’d like to remind you that you can replace your recovery key only if you have access to a device that you’re already logged into. Make sure you don’t ever lose both your trusted device and your recovery key, because even Apple Support may be unable to help you with the password reset.

Every time you disable and re-enable the recovery key feature for your Apple ID, a new 28-digit key will be generated for your account. Therefore, you can also do this if you lost your current key or feel like someone else knows it, or has otherwise been compromised.

However, if you feel like you can’t keep your recovery key somewhere safe and secure, maybe this feature is not for you. In that case, you can turn Recovery Key off and still follow the old school method of resetting your lost or forgotten password from Apple’s website.

Were you able to replace the recovery key and get a new one for your Apple ID? What are your thoughts on this feature? Share your experiences and thoughts in the comments below.

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Posted by: Hamlin Rozario in iPad, iPhone, Security, Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting

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  1. Alex says:

    Hamlin,

    Your recovery key is in plain sight.

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