Apple has long been known for some interesting privacy programs and security features in its devices. They take their users’ security and privacy very seriously, going above and beyond to severely inconvenience legitimate users to prevent sacrificing on security programs. One problem that often arises from these security problems is that Apple assumes everyone has at least one other Apple device in their possession than the one they need to reset. A few of Apple’s security procedures are entirely impossible without another Apple device, while most others are very drawn-out and inconvenient with anything other than an Apple device.
However, it’s expected that a company will favor their own devices over a competitor’s; that’s just good business. The problem arises from Apple not trying to optimise or make the service work even remotely smoothly on a Windows PC. Resetting or formatting a device can lead to constant crashing, boot-looping, general sluggishness, and many bugs. However, if you don’t own one of the many types of Macs out there, then this is your only real option. It does still work, even if you might have to make a few attempts instead of just one. In this article, we’ll be getting through Apple’s security procedure of “approving” a device without any other Apple device, i.e., with a Windows computer.
You see, there’s a bit of a debate about whether an iPhone can even be verified through a Windows PC, and there’s no clear answer. Some sources say that the verification code shows up on the PC version of iCloud. Other sources say that’s impossible. Essentially, we’ll be walking through all the steps you can take to approve your iPhone, and if none of them work, you might just have to go along without approving it. Note that an unapproved phone can still have all the same functions as an approved one; it just cannot save or access any passwords from Apple Keychain. You also will not get access to iCloud functionality and won’t be able to back up any files to iCloud, and you can still back up to Google Drive. If you’re still unsatisfied with an unapproved phone, you can always go to an Apple Store or service center and ask an official employee for help.
The first thing we’ll be trying is the iCloud method.
- Click on the following link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/p/icloud/9pktq5699m62 or open the Microsoft Store and search for “iCloud.”
2. Click on the “Get” or “Install” button to download and install iCloud.
3. Once it’s installed, open iCloud and sign in to your Apple account.
4. Once you have signed in, keep iCloud open on your PC and switch over to your iPhone that needs to be approved.
5. Open your iPhone’s settings, go to the “Apple ID” section. If you’re running iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to the “iCloud” section and then go to the “Apple ID” section.
6. Tap on “Password & Security,” tap on “Get Verification Code.”
7. The code should pop up on your Windows PC in the iCloud app.
If a code doesn’t pop up on your PC, you’ll need to turn off the features that Apple needs this approval for, i.e., two-factor authentication (2FA) and iCloud Keychain. If we disable these features, the approval prompt goes away, as users have reported. Firstly, we’ll be looking into disabling two-factor authentication since this is essentially an elaborate form of 2FA.
- Open your iPhone’s Settings and navigate to the “Apple ID” page. If you’re using a device still running iOS 10.2 or earlier, you’ll need to go to “iCloud” and then “Apple ID.”
2. Tap on “Password & Security” and then tap on “Two-Factor Authentication.”
3. Turn 2FA off; you’ll be prompted to reset your iCloud and iTunes password(s). Follow the prompt and change the password(s).
4. You should receive an e-mail on your linked account. Click on the link in the e-mail to turn two-factor authentication completely off.
5. You can now go back to the Settings app on the iPhone you’re trying to approve and tap on the red flag.
6. This will open the approval prompt again. Tap on “Approve this iPhone.”
This should work by completely bypassing Apple’s safeguards and procedures. However, removing two-factor authentication leaves your account vulnerable if someone figures out your password since it won’t require e-mail confirmation. This is a big security flaw, so you can try turning 2FA back on. This resets the approval for some people, so be careful. It has a chance of taking you back to square one. As for the other method, let’s talk about how you can disable Apple’s Keychain password management.
- Once again, navigate to the “Apple ID” page inside the Settings. On iOS 10.2 or earlier, go through the “iCloud” section to find the “Apple ID” page.
2. Switch off “iCloud Keychain.”
3. Retry the approval process. If it fails again, restart your phone and go back to retry the approval.
This should be it. If none of the above options worked, this last one should get the job done. If it still doesn’t work, you can either go to a nearby Apple Store or a service center and tell them about the situation. They usually have proprietary Apple software that can bypass this process by giving it a false positive. If even they can’t help you, consider just using the iPhone without approval. It will still function completely fine, and the only features that will be affected are iCloud-related functionalities. So if you don’t use iCloud or just have never been a big fan of the service, you can use this as an excuse to stop using it completely.
I hope this article was able to resolve your issues with Apple’s frankly arbitrary approval procedure. This issue has caused a lot of people unnecessary issues and has wasted more time than it’s worth. Security and privacy are important, of course they are, but absolutely requiring an Apple device to achieve this security is just a massive misstep that has lost Apple more customers than it has gained.