How to fix an iPhone That Keep Asking for Apple ID Password

By Moses Johnson - Editor
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Your iPhone keeps asking for Apple ID password and you don’t know why. No matter what you do, your iPhone keep saying, "Sign in with Apple ID. Enter the password for your Apple ID "[email protected]." For some, this happens randomly and repeatedly. It even happens to newer models like iPhone 15. It seems to make no difference if you actually enter your password or not. In this article, I’ll explain why iPhone keeps asking for Apple ID password and show you how to fix the problem for good!

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Why Does My iPhone Keep Asking for My Apple ID Password?

There are many potential reasons why your iPhone keep asking for Apple ID password including:

  • You recently changed your Apple ID password on the web or on one of your other devices. That’s why you’re asked to enter the new password on all your devices and services like App Store, Apple Music, etc.
  • There is a temporary glitch or a software bug. It can also happen if you’re on an old version of iOS.
  • There is an ongoing app, music, book, or other purchased item download that has stuck or failed and requires your authentication to restart or resume the download.
  • You recently changed your Apple ID details like email, phone number, security questions, address, etc.
  • You added new fingerprints for Touch ID or recently set up Face ID.
  • iMessage or FaceTime has activation issues.
  • There is a problem with your iCloud settings.
  • Apple Servers are down.

How to get your iPhone to stop asking for your Apple ID password

Before you start troubleshooting:

  • Have you recently changed any of your Apple ID information? If so, you may need to reenter your password. But you should only need to do this once.
  • Are you sure you know your Apple ID password? You can go to appleid.apple.com and sign in to check your password.

With that out of the way, try the following troubleshooting steps until your problem is resolved.

1. Restart your iPhone

Restarting your iPhone can often fix software issues, including any that might be causing it to keep asking for Apple ID password. The way to restart an iPhone varies depending on which model you have:

Restart iPhone without a Home button

  1. Press and hold both the Side button on the right side of the iPhone and any of the volume buttonson the left side. Release the buttons when you see the power off screen.
  2. Drag the power off slider to the right. Doing this will turn off the iPhone.
  3. Wait for at least 30 seconds.
  4. Press the Side button and release it when you see the Apple logo on the startup screen. In a few seconds, your iPhone will turn on.

Restart iPhone with a Home button

  1. Press and hold the Side button until you see the power off screen.
  2. Drag the power off slider to the right. Your iPhone is switched off now.
  3. Wait for at least 30 seconds.
  4. Press and hold the same Side button until you see the startup Apple logo.

2. Make Sure All Of Your Apps Are Up To Date

It’s also possible that it’s an app that is causing the problem. Perhaps one of your apps has been trying to update but needs your iCloud log in before it can do so. Updating your iPhone apps to the latest version is simple and only takes a few minutes. Follow along below:

  1. Open the App Store app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on your Account icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
  3. Scroll down to find a list of your apps with updates available.
  4. Tap Update All to update all of your apps at once.

3. Turn FaceTime & iMessage Off And Back On

FaceTime and iMessage run via your Apple ID. When you have any issue with your Apple ID, turning off FaceTime and iMessage may fix the problem.

First, turn FaceTime off and back on. Head to Settings -> FaceTime and tap the switch next to FaceTime at the top of the screen. You’ll know FaceTime is off when the switch is white. Wait a few seconds, then tap the switch again to turn FaceTime back on.

Next, turn iMessage off and back on. Head to Settings -> Messages and tap the switch next to iMessage at the top of the screen. You’ll know iMessage is off when the switch is white. Wait a few seconds, then tap the switch again to turn iMessage back on.

4. Update iOS

Another possible reason why your iPhone keep asking for Apple ID password is because of a bug in iOS. Apple may have already released an update to address the bug. To update your iPhone, follow these four steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Software Update.
  4. If a software update is available, tap Update Now.

5. Sign Out & In Of Your Apple ID

If iOS is up to date, but iPhone still keeps asking for Apple ID password, try signing out and back into your Apple ID. Like restarting your iPhone, this will give your Apple ID a fresh start, which could fix a minor software glitch.

To sign out of Apple ID

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap on your name at the top of the screen.
  3. Scroll all the way down and tap Sign Out.
  4. Enter your password.
  5. Tap Turn Off in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, if Find My iPhone is on.
  6. Tap Sign Out.

To sign back in to Apple ID

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Sign in to your iPhone.
  3. Log in with your Apple ID and password.

6. Check Apple Server Status

It’s possible that the reason your iPhone keeps asking for Apple ID password is because the Apple services are having a problem. While it’s rare for Apple services to go down, Apple has a dedicated webpage set up so you can check the status of the Apple ID and their other services.

Visit Apple’s Server Status page and if you see a green dot to the left of the Apple ID, that means the service is up and running. If the dot next to Apple ID isn’t green, simply wait for Apple to fix the issue.

7. Change Your Apple ID Password

If none of the earlier steps have worked, and you’ve checked Apple System Status, then the next course of action is to change your Apple ID password. It’s a hassle, but can get you past a never-ending cycle of your iPhone asking for your Apple ID password.

  1. Head to Settings -> [your name] > Sign-In & Security.
  2. Tap Change Password. You’ll be prompted to enter your iPhone passcode and create a new Apple ID password.

8. Contact Apple Support

If your iPhone still keeps asking for your Apple ID password, you may have to contact Apple Support. You may be dealing with a highly complex Apple ID issue that can only be resolved by an Apple employee. Visit Apple’s support website to get in contact with an Apple employee who can help you fix the problem!

Stop your iPhone from repeatedly asking for the Apple ID password

You began reading this article in hopes of getting the quick fix. Now, you know how to fix an iPhone that keep asking for Apple ID password! Let us know if we were able to help and check out our other articles to fix more common iPhone issues.

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