To add an additional layer of protection and security to your Apple ID, the company has initiated “two-factor authentication” method. Through this method, Apple will make sure that no one except for you only can log into your account even if someone has your password.
Two-factor authentication is best described by Wikipedia as: “The method of confirming a user’s claimed identity by utilizing a combination of two different components. These components may be something that the user knows, something that the user possesses or something that is inseparable from the user.”
Although you can benefit a lot by enabling the two-factor authentication method for your Apple ID to protect and secure your data and devices even more, you can and will sometimes find that this verification method is too much of a bother and so would like to turn it off.
If you disable two-factor authentication for your Apple ID, you will no longer require having an authorized device close at hand for receiving a security code to verify with, and ultimately you will again have to simply depend entirely on entering of a password and answering security questions to recover access to your lost Apple ID. Here is how you can turn this setting off:
Step#1 – Launch your web browser and go to My Apple ID.
Step#2 – Choose “Manage your Apple ID.”
Step#3 – Sign in to your Apple ID that you want to turn off two-factor authentication for. Remember that you might require using two-factor authentication to get access to the account.
Step#4 – Go to the “Password and Security” tab in Account Settings and select “Edit.”
Step#5 – Find the section of “Two-factor authentication” where it shows the “ON” option. Click “Turn Off Two-factor authentication” to turn the setting off.
Step#6 – Next, you’ll need to create new security questions, verify your birth date again, and provide an alternate email address (optional) to assign to your Apple ID. These fields are required in place of the two-factor authentication codes.
Step# 7 – Click on “Save.” Now you have completed the steps for turning off the two-factor authentication for your Apple ID and can sign out of the website.
Make sure that you never forget your new security questions and answers as they will be required often for the verification of your identity by Apple. You will get an email to confirm that you have disabled the two-factor authentication method on your Apple ID.
Once you have turned-off the two-factor authentication, you can easily sign in to your Apple ID from any browser whether on web on your PC, Mac, or on your iPhone or iPad with only a password. You will no longer need to verify twice using a specific trusted code.
Enabling or disabling two-factor authentication is completely a matter of personal choice and decision and there is nothing as right or wrong over here. You just need to keep in mind that you can always switch on the two-factor authentication for your Apple ID again whenever you decide to use it in future sometime. But make sure to use a strong password this time.