How to Turn off Two-Factor & Two-Step Authentication on iOS 12/11

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The Two-step verification, and the Two-factor Authentication features were introduced from iOS 9 and later, as an extra layer of security for Apple devices beyond the usual password and security questions protection, to make iOS devices more secured against unauthorized access to ID and data.

How to Turn off Two-Factor Authentication in iOS 12/11?

Unlike activating the feature, which can be done by turning it on in your iPhone settings, this feature cannot be turned off via your iPhone settings, you have to do this on a web browser.

Steps to Turn off Two-Factor Authentication

Step 1: Open up a browser on your computer and sign into your iCloud account, or go through applied.apple.com

Input your Apple ID

Step 2: Since your two-factor authentication is enabled, you will be required to input the verification code. You have to approve login by clicking Allow to get the code.

Step 3: Input the six-digit code to verify your account, and then click Trust to complete login. This redirects you to the iCloud homepage.

Step 4: Click on Settings, then Manage under Apple ID. This takes you to another login page, proceed by re-entering your ID details followed by the six-digit code you received earlier.

Step 5: When you enter the manage page, locate Security and click the Edit button on the right.

Step 6: Click on the Turn Off Two-Factor Authentication, and then confirm.

Go to the security section

Step 7: Create and answer three security questions to finalize the process, then click Done. Your Two-Factor Authentication will be put off.

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How to Turn off Two-Step Authentication in iOS 9/10/11/12?

If for some reasons, you do not want the added layer of protection that the Two-Step verification provides, or you want to switch to Two-factor authentication (which requires you must first turn-off the Two-step verification), here are the steps to turn off the Two-Step:

Steps to Turn off Two-Step Authentication

Step 1: Sign into your Apple ID account page.

Step 2: Go to the Security section, and select Edit.

Step 3: Click Turn Off Two-Step Verification. Click again to Confirm.

Step 4: Create new security questions and Verify your birth date. An email will be sent to you to confirm that you have turned off Two-Step Verification for your Apple ID.

Difference between Two-Step & Two-Factor Authentication

Even though both are similar in their process and features, the Two-Step and two-Factor Authentication are distinctively different.

Two-Step Verification

The Two-step Verification was introduced by Apple in 2013 as an extra verification process besides the password to secure users’ IDs, and protect your device from unrecognized access. It entails registering one or more trusted devices which you control and which can receive 4-digit verification codes via SMS or Find My iPhone. This additional verification process is required when signing into Apple ID, iCloud or when making a purchase using a new device. There is no need to create (or remember) any security questions as your ID and data are verified solely using your password, verification codes deployed to your trusted devices, and the Recovery Key you received which you use to gain access should you lose your trusted device(s) or forget your password.

Two-Factor Authentication

Two-Factor is a new upgrade to the Two-Step verification. It is a more advanced and easier to use account security, which comes with more streamlined user experience, and is required to use some latest features of iOS, iCloud, and iCloud that needs enhanced security. When signing in, you are required to provide your password, and a six-digit verification code that is automatically displayed on your iPhone. Two-Factor is built directly into iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, and cannot be used on devices that run on older versions of iOS. While Two-Step verification comes entails application-specific password, Two-Factor does not, instead, it requires inputting the 6-digit authentication code to your original password.

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