“Update Apple ID Phone Number” On iPhone? What It Really Means!

Your iPhone says “Update Apple ID Phone Number” and you’re not sure why. Every time you pick up your iPhone, the notification is there! In this article, I’ll explain why it says “Update Apple ID Phone Number” on your iPhone and show you how to get rid of this message.

Why Does It Say “Update Apple ID Phone Number” On My iPhone?

Your iPhone says “Update Apple ID Phone Number” because Apple is reminding you to make sure theTrusted Phone Number associated with your Apple ID is up to date. If it’s not, you run the risk of losing access to your account.

This notification first appeared on my iPhone shortly after I installed iOS 12, so this may just be Apple’s way of reminding its customers to double-check their iPhone security settings as the next big iOS update is pushed out.

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Making Sure Your Apple ID Phone Number Is Up To Date

To make sure your Apple ID Phone Number is up to date, open Settings and tap the “Update Apple ID Phone Number?” notification. Then, tap Continue.

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When you tap Continue, a new menu will pop up asking if your phone number has changed. If your phone number has changed, tap Change Trusted Number. If your phone number hasn’t changed, tap Keep Using (Phone Number).

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I’m willing to bet that the phone number of most people reading this article hasn’t changed, so you can dismiss this notification for good by tapping Keep Using (Phone Number). If you did get a new phone number, and therefore tapped Change Trusted Number, you’ll be prompted to enter that new number on the next screen!

Can I Always Update My Apple ID Phone Number?

Yes, you can always update your Apple ID security settings. To update your Apple ID Phone Number, open Settings and tap on your name at the top of the screen. Then, tap Password & Security.

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Next, tap Edit next to Trusted Phone Number and tap Add a Trusted Phone Number. After entering your iPhone passcode, type in the new Trusted Phone Number. Finally, tap Done.

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I Trust You’ve Found The Answer You’re Looking For

You now know why your iPhone says “Update Apple ID Phone Number” and how to update your Trusted Phone Number. If you have any other questions about your iPhone, leave a comment down below. Thanks for reading!

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Tenzin Wangdhen
6 days ago

I forgot my Apple ID Password can you tell me how to Update New passwords?

Tahui (Polly) Crawford
1 month ago

The Trusted phone number showing on my phone is my husbands phone number. So should it be the number of my phone or the number of another phone whom I trust

1 month ago

Ive changed my trusted numbers but it still hasn’t registered so I can update some settings. I’ve tried restarting the phone but it didn’t change anything

Nkhangotiah Randsom
5 months ago

My iPhone is disabled, how do i unlock please!!

5 months ago

hello sir my problem is that my trusted phone number is not in use so i cannot able to get the two factor authentication no. and repeatedtly its asking me to submit the two factor authentication. if i want to edit also same question is asking.i need to update all apps slowly my apps are closing so pls suggest me

shera emraj
6 months ago

hi i can’t change number my account

Dorothy Root
1 year ago

Quick question-Yesterday I put in an international Sim card and in WhatsApp I elected to continue to use my current US phone number. Now my iPhone is asking me to update the trusted Phone number or use with my Apple ID, or leave it as my US phone numbee. Should I keep the setting as my US number, or should I change it to the international Sim? Im not sure how long I want to use this new SIM card, and I wouldnt want any messages going to that number when I finish using it. your thoughts?

Victor Engel
1 year ago

I just updated my phone to iOS12 and got the “has your phone number changed” screen, above. The things is, my number did not change. What changed is the format of the number. Instead of appearing as 1 (123) 456-7890 typical for US numbers, the new number was 12-34567890. I was given an option to change to the number number or retain the old. I selected the option to retain the old because I’m not sure if something would be screwed up by changing it. I also filed a bug report with Apple, since I think this should not have… Read more »