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I'm getting thoroughly annoyed with having to create new passwords to access Apple

480 Views 13 Replies Latest reply: Feb 1, 2013 11:55 AM by Eric Root RSS
sapper Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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Feb 1, 2013 6:41 AM

I'm not sure if this is the correct forum to air my grievance, but I'm getting thoroughly annoyed of Apple's insistence on my having to create new passwords

every time something goes awry, quite often with iCloud. I've lost count of how many different passwords I've had to create since I've had this computer (November 2012).

I would very much like to restore the passwords I had when I first got into Apple.


Is that possible?

iMac (20-inch Early 2008), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), HP 3310 A-I-O, Epson Stylus CX5400
  • CT Level 6 Level 6 (14,985 points)

    We're sorry, but to obtain an answer to this question you will have to reset your password.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,320 points)

    You can't re-use passwords, and you shouldn't anyhow.


    If you have working passwords now you should write them down, there is no reason at all to have to make new ones if you remember the old ones (and don't give them away)


    And lighten up, CT's reply may not have been helpful, but it was very funny.

  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,570 points)

    CT wrote:


    We're sorry, but to obtain an answer to this question you will have to reset your password.

  • CT Level 6 Level 6 (14,985 points)

    That's the password!


    It's hard to tell from your post what is the problem.  What exactly happens that makes you have to (re)create your password?  And what exactly is the message you receive telling you you have to do it?


    Assuming that something keeps going wrong with your passwords - if that's the problem - consider deleting apple-related keychain entries and (sigh) recreating your password one more time.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,320 points)

    Something is abnormal with your system I use iCloud and have never been required to re-enter a password unless I changed it myself, but I can't approach ths without a little humor to relieve the stress, so good luck.

    sapper wrote:


    Sorry, but the comment from CT was out of bounds given my annoyance with Apple's systems. I never had that problem with my passwords on my old imac G5. That was up to June last year when it went kaput.


    Every so often I have to sign into iCloud which I suspect is a security issue. I do not like to have to keep signing in every 2 weeks, and I had the same issue signing into Discussions. I just do not like having to think up new passwords.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,935 points)

    Part of the issue here is that it's still unclear exactly what the problem is, thus CT's tongue-in-cheek response. What exactly is telling you that you have to change your password? Note that I have never been forced by Apple to change any of my passwords. So this is important information you need to provide.


    One thing I wonder is if you are under the mistaken impression that when you eventually get logged out of sites like iCloud or these forums, that means you have to reset your password or have had some kind of password problem. That is not the case. The logins on these sites only last for so long before expiring, as a security measure. When you get signed out, you just have to sign back in with your usual password.

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,065 points)

    Apple's security measures are shrouded in mystery. The problem you describe may or may not be the result of anything you did, but suffice it to say a constant need to change your password as you describe is most definitely not normal. Please consider the others' responses and confirm that this really is happening.


    If this is so, I wonder if the constant need to reset your password is due to an attempt on someone else's part to log in to an Apple service using your Apple ID, resulting in some automatically generated, repeated need to reset your password.


    These attempts may or may not be malicious - perhaps someone else thinks his Apple ID is yours, or is simply mistyping it repeatedly, causing the account to be invalidated. Given your Apple ID (which only you know) do you think this is possible?


    Consider changing your Apple ID to another one - do not create a new one, change yours here:



    1. Click the blue Manage your Apple ID button
    2. Sign in with your Apple ID and password
    3. Answer your security questions, when prompted
    4. Click Name, ID, and Email Addresses on the left column
    5. Next to Apple ID and Primary Email Address click Edit
      • No Edit button will appear if your existing Apple ID ends in
    6. Supply a new email address to be used for your Apple ID that conforms to the listed criteria
    7. Save Changes


    The only problem for you is that you will need to use another email address. If you do not already have a spare email account that you can use, you will need to create another. It cannot be one already associated with your Apple ID or anyone else's, and cannot use an Apple domain (e.g., or


    Once changed, all your account information, purchase history, Apple Support Communities ID etc will carry over to this Apple ID. As far as I know you will not be able to use the previous one ever again, so take that into consideration before changing it.


    CT wrote:


    We're sorry, but to obtain an answer to this question you will have to reset your password.


    MacBooks  iMacs  iPads  AirPorts, OS X Mountain Lion,  28 years Apple!
  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,935 points)

    I'm still as much in the dark about what's going on. What "impromptu warnings" are you referring to? Are you actually being asked to change your password, or just having difficulty remembering what it is?

  • Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (13,850 points)

    I had to change my password when I tried to sign into iCloud because the old password didn't meet Apple's newly imposed password security standards (length and numbers, if I remember correctly). Once I changed it, it has worked fine.


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