New Apple ID Settings In iOS 10.3

In iOS 10.3 for the iPhone and iPad Apple has changed where you look to view and update your Apple ID, iCloud and related settings. Now there is a large ID category at the very top of Settings that gives you access to everything. You should take time to familiarize yourself with these changes to the Settings app.

Video Transcript
There's been a pretty important change to how the Settings app deals with your Apple ID in iOS 10.3. Before you had all these different places where you had to look for your Apple ID mostly at your iCloud account. But now if you go to Settings in iOS 10.3, at the top of Settings you can see your name and one place to get to all the different things your Apple ID is connected to.

So if we tap on it and go into it you'll see a picture there at the top. Your name, the email address that is your Apple ID email address is the one you use to login and then you see all this different information about your Apple ID. You've got your name, phone numbers and email all associated with your Apple ID there at the very top. You can go in and this is where you can change all of this, take a look at it, you can also see information about getting updates from Apple there at the bottom. You've got Password and Security. This is where you can change your password, change your security questions, or more importantly you should be using two factor authentication. The only reason I'm not here is that this is a demo account. I create these demo, throw away accounts all the time to demonstrate things. But for my main account you can certainly bet I'm using two factor authentication.

Then you've got a rescue email address which is very important to have. If you have a backup email address somewhere you can use that as well for security. Then you've got information like Payment and Shipping where you can set your address for things.

You've got then iCloud. This is where all the information that used to be under the iCloud tab here in Settings is located. So you have all the different services you're using for iCloud. Where they are turned on and off and different ways you can modify them like go into Photos and determine which parts of iCloud you're using for Photos.
You've got your storage there at the top.

Then you've got the iTunes and App store settings here. So you can see it's all in one place. So now, you know, before you could possibly have to look in two different places for iTunes stuff and for iCloud stuff. You still notice you can change it. I can tap here and I can use a different Apple ID for iTunes, which some people need to do. But for the most part you should be using the same one.

Then you've got Family Sharing next if you use that. Then you have all the different devices that you've registered to your Apple ID. So, for instance, I can go in and take a look at this one here and I can, if I would verify my identity there, I can go in and kick that old device, maybe one I've sold, off of my Apple ID there.

On the left side, if you go down, you will see where you normally saw iCloud settings. It's gone. It's not there anymore. iTunes and App Store is still there and notice it takes you to exactly the same screen that you saw before. You still have that available and you still have Wallet & Apple Pay there as a separate thing for devices that support using Apple Pay. So you've got that there as well.

But for the most part Apple consolidated everything having to do with your Apple ID here in Settings under this heading here. It makes things a lot more straight forward and drives home the importance of your Apple ID which is also your ID for iCloud, for iTunes, for everything Apple. So it's all in one place now in iOS 10.3 and you can get to it easily. If you haven't checked it out yet it's probably a good time to go through it, check it out. If you're not using two factor authentication this is really the time to turn it on. Everybody should be using that.

Comments: 29 Responses to “New Apple ID Settings In iOS 10.3”

    Tony Lathwell
    4/4/17 @ 8:51 am

    Not happy with Apple ID and iCloud being bundled together showing to much information with out signing in

    4/4/17 @ 8:57 am

    Tony: What do you mean by “too much information without signing in?” You can’t access your Settings app at all without unlocking your iPhone. Plus, this really doesn’t display anymore information than it did before, it is just in a more logical arrangement.

    Mr. Luigi
    4/4/17 @ 5:28 pm

    For a variety of reasons, I find 2 Factor Authorization a hassle, especially because I manage my wife’s and daughter’s Apple devices in addition to mine. What I have done is use passwords (generated by my password manager, 1Password) for the answers to the 3 security questions. Ex., for “My first dog’s name” I use 3afds$-&56xd. In my 1Password vault, I have the passwords for all three family members giving me access to their iCloud accounts any time I need it. What’s wrong with this strategy?

    4/4/17 @ 5:33 pm

    Luigi: That’s as good a strategy as you can get without using two-factor. But without two-factor you are always vulnerable if someone steals the password. For instance, what if one of your family members logs on from a public/friend’s machine that is compromised with spyware? Or, what if they enter in their password in a phishing attack (site looks official and asks for their iCloud password). Then with the password, a hacker can get in. But with two-factor they still can’t.

    Gary G
    4/6/17 @ 11:37 am

    As I was unable to opt out of 2-factor authorization (the “2” button will not highlight on the ID page) I’ve learned to use it but I’m not fond of it.

    4/6/17 @ 1:09 pm

    re the two-factor auth. I like it however, only having a laptop as my other machine, I have found it a problem. what am I to do to get that auth number if i am no where near my laptop?? other apps give option of using a cel phone.. I have a cel phone but not an iPhone… any suggestions??


    4/6/17 @ 2:37 pm

    sue: Use SMS (text messages) then. You can set up a “Trusted Phone Number” with your Apple ID. Then when you get a request for the two-factor code, click the “Didn’t get a code” link and you have the option to get a text message sent with a code. Try it.

    4/6/17 @ 3:09 pm

    fantasatic !! thanks so very much

    Alison Gifford
    4/6/17 @ 3:46 pm

    My iphone 7 and ipad are both on 10S10.2 and it seems there are no updates available. Is IOS 10.3 not yet available in UK?

    4/6/17 @ 3:49 pm

    Alison: Should be available worldwide.

    Marj Green
    4/6/17 @ 5:24 pm

    With iOS 10.3, how do I change the name of my device?

    Jean H
    4/6/17 @ 6:47 pm

    updated to iOS 3 and my settings app is blank

    4/6/17 @ 6:58 pm

    Marj: Same place as before (if I remember correctly). Settings, General, About, Name.

    4/6/17 @ 6:58 pm

    Jean: Restart. If that doesn’t work, then Genius Bar.

    Tom Preston
    4/8/17 @ 2:30 pm

    I suggest a lesson on how to use 2 factor authentication and deal with its problems? I found using it a hassle and switched back as I was concerned if I did not have a second devise nearby.

    4/8/17 @ 2:56 pm

    Tom: I have a video on that in my free security course.
    Remember, that if you can log on without a second device with you, then so can someone else trying to gain access to your account. You could make the same argument about house keys. Locking your front door makes it hard for you to get in without having your keys with you.

    4/9/17 @ 7:15 am

    Re: 2-factor authentication: In South Africa “sim swap” is becoming an increasingly large problem. Your phone number is swapped to a new sim card, they change your password, log in & transact.

    In this context I think we’re going to need something even more clever (a probably more complex for the end-user) to remain secure

    4/9/17 @ 8:21 am

    Gavin: So they can do that without any physical access to your device? If so, then I can see this being a problem with SMS two-factor, but still not with device two-factor like Apple does by default.

    Marylou C
    4/9/17 @ 11:46 am

    When updating to iOS 10.3 was asked for my Apple ID – which I typed in then was asked for another 8 character password – is this replacing my current Apple ID or what? When I went to reopen my iPhone 6 it wanted 6 numbers – I only have 4 numbers to unlock my phone – what should I have done? I turned the 2 authentication off for now – please advise. Thanks for the video.

    4/9/17 @ 12:29 pm

    Marylou: Hard to say without knowing exactly what was asked for. You have a password for your Apple ID and a “passcode” to unlock your phone (6-digit number by default). But you can also set your passcode to a 4-digit code or a longer passcode with numbers and letters. Did you enter your old 4-digit code? Try the new one? It is hard for me to help over comments like this. I recommend firsthand help at the Genius Bar or over the phone with Apple if you can’t figure it out from this.

    Steve Wilson
    4/10/17 @ 10:32 pm

    I just did the update and I have never been more frustrated with Apple in my lifetime! The update occurred and required me to enter my security chain password… who knows what that is so I went in a circular motion with Apple forcing me to reset my iCloud password, on and on. I’ve never hated Apple more than I do right now.

    4/11/17 @ 1:17 am

    Steve: Do you mean your iCloud Keychain security code? Sounds like you set that but forgot what it was. You can read more about it here and maybe it will help:
    But otherwise, don’t get frustrated. Go to the Genius Bar for help.

    4/15/17 @ 4:49 am

    Apple sucks, new apple id created in iPads under IOS 10.3.1 is set at two factor by default and cannot be edited

    4/15/17 @ 7:19 am

    lawrence: You can always go to and change how you have it set up. Apple. Google, Facebook and others want us all to change to tow-factor because it is so much more secure.

    4/16/17 @ 9:19 am

    Gary Rosenzweig, you got get an IOS 10.3 device create an apple id and see whether you can edit the imposed TFA, I have two device stuck with the TFA not disabled.

    4/16/17 @ 3:22 pm

    Lawrence: I go to, go to security, click the Edit next to two-factor and get a link there to turn it off. Of course, I don’t want to turn it off since it is much better to have it on, but it is there.

    4/17/17 @ 2:04 am

    Yes Gary it is there in the apple site, but the ‘ON’ is in black not blue if the signed in apple id is one created under IOS 10.3+.

    4/17/17 @ 7:29 am

    lawrence: Yes. It should be black. But look to the right. All the way to the right in the Security section. There is an Edit link. Click that.

    4/17/17 @ 7:26 pm

    go click the edit and no edit available for TFA

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