Update Apple ID Settings On iPhone? What It Means & What To Do!

Your iPhone says “Update Apple ID Settings” and you want to dismiss the notification. No matter what you do, you can’t seem to get that red, circular “1” to disappear. I’ll help you update Apple ID settings on your iPhone and show you how to fix the problem if this message won’t go away.

Why Does My iPhone Say “Update Apple ID Settings”?

Your iPhone says “Update Apple ID Settings” because you have to sign into your Apple ID again to keep using certain account services. Updating Apple ID settings will allow you to keep using those services. Most of the time, this just means you have to reenter your Apple ID password on your iPhone!

What To Do When It Says “Update Apple ID Settings” On Your iPhone

Open the Settings app and tap on Update Apple ID Settings. Then, tap Continue on the next screen. Enter your Apple ID password when the pop-up appears on the screen.

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Most of the time, the “Update Apple ID Settings” notification will go away after you’ve entered your Apple ID password. However, in rare cases, the notification won’t disappear, and you may even receive an pop-up saying an error occurred. Keep reading to learn how to fix this problem!

Is “Update Apple ID Settings” Stuck?

Unfortunately, you probably found this article because the message Update Apple ID Settings is stuck in 2020. If this pesky notification message is stuck on your iPhone, it’s probably because your Apple ID cannot be verified. Believe me — you aren’t the only one dealing with this problem!

Many members of our iPhone help Facebook group brought this issue to our attention, which is why we wanted to write this article for you. Follow the steps below to diagnose and fix the real reason why the Update Apple ID Settings notification won’t go away!

Make Sure You’re Signed Into The Right Apple ID

It’s possible that your Apple ID can’t be verified because you’re logged into a different Apple ID account and therefore entering the wrong password. Open the Settings app and tap on your name at the top of the screen to quickly make sure you’re signed into the correct Apple ID. You’ll see the Apple ID you’re currently logged into near the center of the screen.

check the apple id you're logged into

Check out our article if you need help changing your Apple ID!

Sign Out And Back Into Your Apple ID

If you’re signed into the correct Apple ID, try signing out and back into it. Go back to Settings -> Apple ID and scroll all the way down to Sign Out. Enter your Apple ID password and tap Turn Off.

sign out of your apple id in settings app

Next, tap Sign Out in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. If you want to keep a copy of your Apple News or other settings, turn on the switch to the right of the feature underneath Keep A Copy Of. Confirm your decision by tapping Sign Out when the pop-up appears.

sign out of your apple id

Now that you’ve signed out, tap Sign in to your iPhone near the top of the Settings app. Enter your Apple ID email and password, then tap Sign In in the upper right-hand corner of the screen to sign back into iCloud. If you’re prompted to merge your data with iCloud, I recommend tapping merge, just to make sure you don’t lose any important information.

sign back into your apple id

Congratulations — you’re signed into iCloud once again! If the Update Apple ID settings is still showing up, move onto the final step.

Check iCloud Services

It’s possible that this notification is stuck because iCloud services have been temporarily disabled for routine maintenance or a system update. When this happens, you may be prevented from logging into your Apple ID as a safety precaution. You can check Apple’s system status on their website!

Apple ID Settings: Up To Date!

Your Apple ID settings are up to date and that annoying notification is gone for now. Next time it says Update Apple ID Settings on your iPhone, you’ll know exactly what to do! If you have any other questions about your Apple ID, feel free to leave a comment down below.

Thanks for reading,
David L.

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15 days ago

Signing out of AppleID deleted my recently transferred Apple pay cards! There must be a way around this? Maybe just worth mentioning to people. In the end, I still have the ‘update Apple ID settings issue! Ugh!

1 month ago

This worked for me on my new iPhone 12. It took a few seconds longer than I expected to sign back into the iCloud, but in the end it worked. Thank you

Olivia Lawrence
1 month ago

I just got the iPhone 12 and it says update Apple ID settings, but it’s just going round in circles. I’m worried that if I sign out then back in that something might go wrong. Also, my photos still haven’t transferred yet but they’re on my iCloud, I’m just worried that everything will disappear if I sign out

1 month ago

sir, I have iPhone 6s I bought from my friend but my previous apple id is not removed from my phone
please tell me about that

Kris Chari
1 month ago

I have iphone12Prof today and I have transferred all settings and data etc., from my iPhonex automatically without any issue except update Apple ID settings which will not go away. ios 14.4.2 installed. Apple ID, iCloud, Media & Purchases are running without any issue. All Apps are updated and running without any problem, I do not understand why the reminder for “Update Apple ID Settings” continue.

Kris Chari
1 month ago
Reply to  Kris Chari

Update on my Query
I shut off the WIFI, exit the settings and restarted the iPhone and changed the WIFI settings
And the remainder is gone

1 month ago
Reply to  Kris Chari

Omg, you’ve literally kept my nerves!! I was struggling with this issue and nothing from the above helped. But then I saw your comment, turned off Wi-fi, restarted my Iph12pro and voila! – it went different way, requesting my pass code, then the pass code from my previous old iphXR and that’s it! It’s just gone!
I can’t thank you enough!

1 month ago
Reply to  GALINA

also works if you sign out first from your old device !

deh andre
1 month ago
Reply to  Kris Chari

Thank you so much this literally worked for me as well. I simply turned off the wifi, turned the iPhone off, and then on, with wifi off, I entered the password on the “update settings message” done.

2 months ago

have a notification in Settings on my iPhone to “Update Apple ID Settings”. When i click on continue it asks me to enter the password for my apple ID. When I put the password in and click “Sign In” it comes up with Verification Failed, An unknown error occurred. Why will it not accept my Apple ID password yet I can log into the Apple website and into my Apple account through itunes?

2 months ago

New iPhone 12 Pro is stuck on update Apple ID settings

2 months ago
Reply to  Ray

Mine is too and it wont let me make calls or texts

Michal Fadlon
2 months ago

Hello, I did as instructed on the article in order to dismiss the “update Apple ID settis” that was stuck. I signed off from my Apple ID on the iPhone but now it stucks when trying to sign in again. Can you please tell me what should I do? Thank you.
p.s: it’s a new phone that was copied directly from the old phone.

1 month ago
Reply to  Michal Fadlon

Hey, michal, I’m experiencing the same issues as you. Have you fixed yours? If yes, how did you do it?

3 months ago

I can sign in with my AID & pw on appleid.apple.com and icloud.com, but not to update AID settings on my phone or to sign out. Why?

2 months ago
Reply to  Anne

I had to sign out and sign it, the wheel kept spinning so I just closed the settings app and when I opened it again, I was signed it. I guess it’s just some weird thing. But thanks, it worked

Sorry didn’t mean to reply to yours, it’s a general comment

Last edited 2 months ago by Julia
1 month ago
Reply to  Julia

Julia got it – worked for me 🙂 new ip12 pro

3 months ago

I just bought the iPhone 12 Pro and all my apps I downloaded from iCloud from previous iPhone is not downloading. It’s on the phone but doesn’t want to complete download. I’m logged into the correct Apple ID as I only have 1. Keeps telling me to “Update Apple ID Settings” but when I click on “Continue” it just hangs when I enter the password. I cannot sign out as it’s greyed out and neither can I restart my phone as it doesn’t want to let me. Could this be because I have apps on my phone from two different… Read more »

3 months ago
Reply to  Clarissa

I have the same issue! New iPhone 12 Pro as well, and I also have apps from two different regions as I live in Europe and MENA. Does anyone know how to fix this issue? Thank you!

karen gallagher
3 months ago

trying to change my sign on from my previous to a new one. how do i go about doing this

4 months ago

Just got an iPhone12 Mini

Not only does it stick on “Update Apple ID Settings,” it also does not respond when I press the blue “Continue”, and I cannot turn the phone off, and I cannot gain access to the rest of the Settings menu.

Adam Leyland
5 months ago

Hi David, Thank you for helping us simple folk out there. I decided to change my Apple ID to my personal email address rather than my work one. It was a long overdue task. And it all looked so simple. I went to https://appleid.apple.com/account/manage and hey presto, the correct details have been registered. But on my iPhone, the Apple ID page still has my old Apple ID. And if I sign out, it’s trying to sign me out of my old Apple ID, but won’t recognise the password (as it’s presumably transferred to my new Apple ID). Yet when I… Read more »

5 months ago

Whenever i restart my iPhone, it always asks me to “Enter your Apple ID password in Settings”. The point is it asks about the old one. How can i fix this?? Thanks a bunch!

5 months ago

Hi. My mother’s iPhone 4 has been 48 hours “updating Apple ID settings” and I can’t force quit or shut down the phone at all. Maddening. Must I wait until the charge dies? This is absurd!!!

Liam Shotwell
5 months ago
Reply to  Lisa

Today I learned that the iPhone 4 is 10 years old! Man, I’m getting old 😰 Anyway, Apple no longer supports the iPhone 4. You’re probably better off getting an upgrade to a new device that will work better, last longer, and has better software and hardware support. I recommend UpPhone’s cell phone comparison tool to help you get the best deal possible. Another tip, with that tool you don’t have to spend a fortune for a great device!

5 months ago

Excellent step by step article. I had to transfer my phone from current 7s to newer iPhone. I updated my Apple ID in the process but it wasn’t updating on the settings page on the phone. I signed out and signed in and now it is update. Thank you!

Liam Shotwell
5 months ago
Reply to  Craig

I’m glad we were able to help! I’m sure you aren’t the only one who has had this issue, so I’m sure others would appreciate it if you shared this article on social media. Thanks for stopping by! 😊

Nee Help
5 months ago

When sign out is tapped on iPhone 8 it states find my phone will be turned off and request Apple Id password. When entered it gives error. I only have one Apple Id. I changed password as the Apple Support advised. Still not allowing sign out. But, will allow all resets except erase settings. I am able to use password to log into apple id via browser. Using iOS 14.2 on personal non-managed iPhone. Any guidance? Tech suspects malware?

5 months ago

I could not sign out on my phone. The wheel just kept spinning and spinning. So I just tried going to “passwords & security”. From there, I just changed my password and that seemed to fix it!

6 months ago

hi i cant get in to my phone at all just says updating ID settings

John Mokszycki
6 months ago
Reply to  carole

Just says updating apple settings. Any ideas on what to do?

6 months ago

I can’t get rid of the “update Apple ID settings”. And I cannot sign out of iCloud, it says “sign out is not available due to restrictions”. Is this setting affecting my iMessages? Because they will not refresh. I’ve turned of iMessage and turned it back on with no luck. Running iPad 14.2

7 months ago

It lets me sign in and clears. Only for a few hours and then it comes right back what do I need to do?

Tone swopes
7 months ago

Hey David I need your help with update id apple

7 months ago

Hi David my phone lets me sign in and clears it for an hour or so then it pops up again and again 😩😩😩😩😩 please help if you can.

Graham Davenport
6 months ago
Reply to  Lisa

i cannot get any further than the Up dating Apple ID settings