Set up a contact to help you recover your Apple ID in an emergency
If you lose access to your Apple ID, a friend or family member can help you out in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15.
Forgetting your password or otherwise losing access to your Apple ID sounds like a nightmare. The last thing you want is to buy the best iPhone or a new iPad and not be able to connect our device to your Apple ID. Both iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 give you the ability to set up recovery contacts, which allow you to designate certain people to help you recover your Apple ID in case you lose access to your account for some reason.
Right now, it seems the feature isn't quite fully operational, but when it is you'll be able to choose people to help you recover your Apple ID in an emergency,
Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas. While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.
How to set Account Recovery contacts on iPhone and iPad
Before you get started, in order to set up any Account Recovery contacts, you'll need to make sure that all your devices logged in to your Apple ID are running the latest software. That includes any iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, or Macs you have connect via your Apple ID.
- Launch Settings from your Home Screen.
- Tap your Apple ID banner at the top of your screen.
- Tap Password & Security.
- Tap Account Recovery.
- Tap Add Recovery Contact.
- Tap Add Recover Contact on the pop-up information page.
- Unlock your device with Face ID or Touch ID.
- Enter your Apple ID password.
- Follow the on-screen instructions.
In the current iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 beta, this is as far in the process as you can get. Most likely, the contact or contacts you add will need to agree to be your recovery contact. We will update this how-to as needed when more steps in the process become available.
Let us know if you have any question about setting up account recovery contacts in the comment section down below.