Fix “Confirm Mac Password” to Keep Using iCloud in System Settings
Some Mac users have discovered a “Confirm Mac Password” message in System Settings or System Preferences on their Mac, and while it can appear at random, it often shows up soon after installing a system software update. For example, perhaps you recently installed macOS Ventura 13.1 onto a Mac and now you see the “Confirm MacBook Pro Password” message in System Settings.
The full message reads something like “Confirm your device passcode to keep using iCloud. This passcode also protects access to data stored in iCloud”.
Finding this message requesting you to confirm the device passcode within the Apple menu > System Settings is a legitimate message, and it’s easy to resolve for the majority of situations.
How to Fix the “Confirm Mac Password” Message in System Settings / Preferences
- Go to the Apple menu and choose ‘System Settings’ or ‘System Preferences’
- Click on the “Confirm Mac Password” message at the top of the settings menu
- Click on ‘Continue’ and enter the password you use to login to your Mac
- In a moment the password will confirm and the message will go away
That should be it, and you’re good to go with using iCloud and the Mac again.
Remember, the password this is asking for is the password you use to login to your Mac. It is not necessarily the same as your iCloud password (and most security experts would argue you should use different passwords for everything, just don’t forget them).
You can also sometimes encounter the confirm device password message on your iPhone or iPad in Settings on those devices, and the resolution is the same.
I’m still seeing the ‘Confirm Mac Password’ error and it’s not going away, now what?
Make sure you are entering the proper Mac password, which is the password you use to log into your Mac user account. Entering the wrong password is the most common reason users have issues with dispelling the error message.
Sometimes, you can reboot the Mac, and the message will go away entirely.
Rarely, you may need to log out of iCloud and back in to get the “Confirm Mac Password” message to go away. Because signing out of iCloud causes files, photos, and data on the Mac to disappear and (and reappear as you log back in) this is inconvenient and should be the absolute last resort to resolve this issue.
Were you able to resolve the ‘Confirm Mac Password’ message on your Mac by entering the proper password, or did you have another solution to this issue? Let us know your experiences in the comments.