Apple Two-factor authentication


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May 14, 2015
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Two-factor authentication was really not thought out properly by Apple.
Although its fine in most circumstances, there was no consideration for users of Apple products that travel to countries where network coverage is minimal - off the beaten track in Africa.
I need to switch mine off. I often cannot have more than one device of communication with me and when I am asked to authenticate via a two factor I do not receive the code. Often its too late by the time I return to base and re-enter the code.
I need to know how after the two week trial period to switch it off!!!
Its driving me bonkers!!!
If I do leave the Apple community it will because of this.
I cannot even recommend Apple for this very reason
Perhaps Apple doesn't care for customers like us.


Cory Cooper

May 19, 2004
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As newer versions of iOS are released, more new features are requiring you to have Two-factor authentication for Apple ID enabled for privacy and security. Apple is one of the most end-user privacy/security-focused companies in the world.

From the Apple website link above:

Can I turn off two-factor authentication after I’ve turned it on?
If you already use two-factor authentication, you can no longer turn it off. Certain features in the latest versions of iOS and macOS require this extra level of security, which is designed to protect your information. If you recently updated your account, you can unenroll for two weeks. Just open your enrollment confirmation email and click the link to return to your previous security settings. Keep in mind, this makes your account less secure and means that you can't use features that require higher security.

One the two week period is over, you cannot turn it off. If that doesn't work for you, your only recourse is to contact Apple customer support directly to discuss it, as there isn't any way around it from our perspective.

Hope that helps and good luck,


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