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How to set up a recovery contact on iPhone, iPad and Mac

Samir Makwana

If you forget your Apple ID password or device passcode you will have serious problems. Fortunately, Apple now allows you to add a recovery contact to regain access to your Apple account. Here’s how to set it up.

How recovery contacts work

From iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey or later, Apple makes it easy to recover your Apple account by adding someone you trust (family member or friend) as a recovery contact. So if you get locked out or can’t remember your Apple ID password, your recovery contact can share a six-digit recovery code, which you’ll need to enter on your device.

You can add up to five recovery contacts to your Apple account. To add a recovery contact, make sure your device (iPhone, iPad, or Mac) is running the latest software version and that Apple ID two-factor authentication be active. Also, your age must be over 13 years old.

How to set up a recovery contact on iPhone and iPad

On your iPhone and iPad running iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 or later, you can set up a recovery contact that could be your family or friend. To get started, open the “Settings” app on your iPhone or iPad. Then tap on your Apple account name at the top.

Tap your name in the Settings app.

In your Apple account, select “Password & Security.”


Under Password & Security, tap on “Account Recovery”.


In the “Recovery Assistance” section, tap “Add Recovery Contact.”


By default, Apple will show you the members of your Family Sharing group if you’re part of one. Otherwise, you can tap “Choose someone else” to add someone else from your contact list.

Select a member of the Family Sharing group or select

You’ll see an editable preview of the prewritten message for the person you want to add as a recovery contact.

The text message that is requested to add a recovery contact.

When you’re ready, hit the “Submit” button.

Press the button

That will send an invite to the person you added as a recovery contact. That person must accept your request to appear on your iPhone or iPad as a recovery contact.

How to set up a recovery contact on Mac

The process of adding a recovery contact on a Mac is somewhat similar in case you forget your mac password . Your Mac requires macOS Monterey or later to add a recovery contact.

Start by clicking the Apple menu in the top left corner and selecting “System Preferences.”

Select the Apple menu in the upper left corner and choose

In System Preferences, click the “Apple ID” icon in the top right.

In the Apple ID settings, select “Password & Security” in the left column and click the “Manage” button next to the “Account Recovery” option.

Click on

In the pop-up window, tap on the plus “+” icon to add a new account recovery contact.

Next, select “Add recovery contact” in the window that appears and enter your Mac’s admin password to continue.

Click the button

If you’re part of the Family Sharing group, you’ll see the participating family members. You can also click the “Choose someone else” option to choose a contact from iCloud, your Mac, or your Google account (if you’ve added one to your Mac).

Choose a member of the Family Sharing group or click

A blue check mark appears on the selected recovery contact. Select the “Continue” button.

A blue check mark appears for the selected contact.

You will receive a customizable request message to send to the person you are adding as a recovery contact. That person must accept your invitation for your contact to appear in the “Recovery Assistance” portion of the “Account Recovery” section on your Mac.

That’s it! You will need to remember the people you added as recovery contacts to help you recover your Apple account and change your password . Good luck!

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