Full Solutions to iCloud Keeps Asking for Password

It's annoying to be asked for your iCloud password all the time on your device.What’s going on and how can you get rid of the issue - iCloud keeps asking for password on you iPhone/iPad/Win PC? Let this guide help you.

Demi by Demi Updated May 10, 2024
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Why does iPhone keep asking for my Apple ID password?

Hi, iPhone keeps asking me to enter my Apple ID password like every day. It’s about a month now! I’ve already changed my password a couple of times. I’m so tired of this crap. Any suggestions?

- Question from Apple Community

Like the iOS user stated above, you may be asked to sign in with your Apple ID and password. The similar problem may occur if you attempt to utilize Apple Store, iMessages, iCloud site, etc.

iCloud keeps asking for password

Even if you provided the correct Apple ID and password, you iPhone may still get trapped in the popup cycle - iCloud keeps asking for password on iPhone/iPad or Windows PC. Read this post and find a way to stop your devices from keeping asking for iCloud password.

Why does iCloud keep asking for password?

Generally, after logging in to your iCloud or Apple ID, it runs quietly in the background without any errors. However, if iCloud keeps asking for password, it can be due to one of the following causes:

❌ A temporary glitch or a software bug occurs.
❌ Your Apple ID password was recently changed on the web or another device.
❌ There are activation issues with iMessages or Face Time.
❌ Your Apple ID details have recently been changed, like your email, address, and phone security questions.

Fixes to iPhone/iPad keeps asking for iCloud password

If your iPad or iPhone iCloud keeps asking for password, the following fixes are nice tries for you. Try them one after another until your issue gets fixed.

Check iCloud is working

It's possible that Apple, rather than you, is to blame. On the System Status screen, make sure there are green dots next to App Store, Apple ID, iCloud Account & Sign In, iTunes Store, and so on.

system status

If there is an issue with the service, Apple will put a clickable link beneath the service with possible options.

Reset network settings

If your iPhone is connecting to an unstable Wi-Fi network, you may be frequently asked to enter your apple ID password to verify your identity when using certain features. Thus, it is suggested to check and reset your network settings.

Go to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, choose General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Tap Reset Network Settings > Verify your password to confirm.

reset network settings

Force restart iPhone/iPad

In general, authentication occasionally succeeds when you enter the correct Apple ID password. However, due to a momentary problem, your iPhone/iPad may still prompt you to enter your Apple ID password. You can fix this problem by force restarting your devices and trying again a few minutes later.

Force restart iPhone
iPhone 8 and later: Press and quickly release the Volume button > Perform the same operation on the Volume - button > Press the Side button and release when you see the Apple logo.
iPhone 7/7 Plus: Press and hold both the Volume button and the Power button > Release both buttons when the Apple logo appears.
iPhone 6s or earlier: Press both the Power button and the Home button for seconds > Release both buttons when the Apple logo appears.

hard reset iPhone

Force restart iPad
For iPad with a Home button: Press and hold the Top button and Home button > Release both buttons when you see the Apple logo.
For iPad without a Home button: Press and hold the Volume button closest to the top button, then quickly release it > Perform the same operation on the other Volume button > Press the Top button and release it when Apple logo appears.

Disable require passwords for free downloads

Is your Apple ID password needed when installing a free app? You can disable require passwords for free downloads to avoid your devices keeps asking for iCloud password.

On the Settings app on your iPhone/iPad, tap [your name] > Media & Purchases > Password Settings > Toggle off the switch next to Require Password > Tap Done to confirm.

require password iPhone

Update to the latest iOS version

In case you’re on an old version of iOS, it is also suggested to update your iOS or iPadOS to the latest version to avoid bugs and errors, which may include the one that causes iCloud keeps asking for password.

Go to Settings on your iPad/iPhone, choose General > Software Update > If there is an update available, tap Download and Install.

iOS software update

Fixes to iCloud asking for password on Windows 10/8/7

You may also encounter the issue - iCloud keeps asking for password on Windows 10/8/7 when using iCloud for Windows. Here are three effective troubleshoots you can try to get rid of the issue.

Run iCloud as Administrator

How did you get the iCloud app to work on Windows 10? Simply double-click it? If so, this might be why iCloud continues asking for a password because of no admin access. Just simply run iCloud as Administrator can solve it.

Close the iCloud for Windows app > Right-click the iCloud icon on the screen > Select Run as administrator from the menu. Once the app is launched agai,check if the issue gets solved.

Remove the socket error via Command Prompt

A socket error can also lead to this issue. Therefore, to solve the iCloud password error, you need to remove the socket error first. Follow the steps below to make it.

Step 1. Type Command Prompt on the search bar and right-click the search result > Select Run as administrator.

Step 2. Once launching Command Prompt, type netsh winsock reset > Hit the Enter key to run this command.

netsh winsock reset cmd

Step 3. Close Command Prompt and check if iCloud still asks for password.

Run iCloud in Compatibility Mode (for Windows 7)

If you are using Windows 7, you can also try running iCloud in compatibility mode to help stop iCloud asking for password. Uninstall and reinstall iCloud for Windows and follow the steps to make it.

Step 1. Right-click iCloud for Windows from the Start menu > select Open file location.

Step 2. Locate and right the iCloud files > Select Properties.

Step 3. From the prompt window, switch to the Compatibility tab > Select Windows 7 from the drop-down menu below Run this program in compatibility mode > Click Apply to save the changes.

iCloud compatibility mode

Bonus: Manage iOS data with the best iCloud alternative

It is highly suggested you to try an iCloud alternative for iPhone, iPad, and iPod to backup and sync files. On the one hand, you always encounter kind of issues in iCloud from time to time. On the other hand, iCloud is always exposed to scandals that leak user privacy.

Here, the professional iOS data backup and transfer tool - FoneTool, is recommended. The feature-rich tool can meet almost all your demands to manage iOS data.

View and manage iCloud Data
FoneTool offers you iCloud data management services. From here, you can preview iCloud photos, contacts, videos, and files in iCloud Drive. You are allowed to upload, download, and deleted these files with the assist from FoneTool.

choose manage icloud

Backup iOS data fully or selectively
Compared with iCloud, you have got unlimited storage space to save your backup files locally on computer, USB, external hard drives, etc. What’s more, you can choose to preview and backup specific files with it. The incremental backup promises no duplicate backups.

selective backup

Transfer files among iOS devices and Windows PC
FoneTool is also a nice helper to share files among iOS devices and your computer. The tool makes it possible and easy to transfer data between different Apple IDs. As for music, both purchased and non-purchase music is allowed to transfer.

go to transfer

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