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.

update apple id settings continue

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.

About Author

David Lynch is an expert on cell phones, cell phone plans, and other tech. After using a flip phone into his early 20s, he learned the ropes about iPhones and Androids from a former Apple employee. Today, his articles and videos are read and viewed by millions, and he has been cited by major publications including Reader's Digest, Wired, CMSWire, Consumers Advocate, and more.

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Peter Parslow
4 months ago

In my case, this message won’t go away because the cycle always requires me to provide not only my Apple ID login and the PIN Code of this iPhone, but also the PIN of my last iPhone – but claims that I always get that wrong. Even though I don’t (I checked on the old phone!).

L FOR Anonymous
4 months ago

So thank you very much to those who said the whole “When the loading wheel keeps spinning close the settings app” which I did after I clicked sign out then the phone said my account was there and had a sign out button but clicked the sign in or it prompted me and I put my AID in and it continued loading for a min so I closed settings after that I opened settings and I was logged in and I saw the 1 notification was there so I clicked on it and it vanished. Now I see all my… Read more »

Charlie
5 months ago

I am having the same issue on my iPad and iPhone that is listed above It doesn’t take around 5 to 30 seconds and it comes back up On my iPad and iPhone

L FOR Anonymous
4 months ago
Reply to  Charlie

Did you sign out of the AppleID? And then re sign in? When the Settings app loads forever Close it and re open and log in it will load forever so close it and re open and it will be signed in back into a new sign on your appleID (you won’t loose anything) tick all “keep” buttons before sign out and your fine. Know your Apple ID password before you log out too.

Annamalai
5 months ago

After I bought a new iPhone, I successfully transferred all data from the old iPhone. And I have facing issue new phone update Apple ID settings. I already tried to sign out and sign in again.

Ayomide
5 months ago

Hello I can’t download Google app and other apps that is associated with my iCloud on my iPhone 6s plus please I need a solution

Damon
6 months ago

1st: Log out and log back in. The second issue is iMessage. I get this error that says “Your iMessage Settings Must Match Devices”. It seems to be rejecting the request (in a hold forever) because my Apple ID settings do not match. It says to check your other device – see what is ‘checked” in iMessage. Then, go to a new device and change it to look the same. As a matter of fact, I have three devices and I had to do this with all three. When done, I go back and click “Continue” and put in my… Read more »

Sam Cranch
6 months ago

Is it likely this is Apple forcing us to buy later models? I’ve got the 5s, and I have the same problem.

Peter Parslow
4 months ago
Reply to  Sam Cranch

Doubt it – it’s occuring for me as I transition from iPhone 7 to iPhone SE

Ahmed
7 months ago

Good morning. My phone keeps sending me the same Apple ID Update message again and again. I tried changing my password, signing in and out, and changing my Apple ID username but I still keep getting the same message. I don’t know how to fix it. So, if anyone knows what to do, please tell me.

Elle
8 months ago

How do I know what I will re-open, or reset or enable by doing this? Am I accepting new services I am not aware of or that I don’t know I have? Do I need to review every option and privacy setting again?

What happens if I decline? I don’t have time right now to read the entire document in one sitting. I have to shut down my phone to get out of it until I’m finished reading it.

Rick
9 months ago

Outstanding!! Been without several important iCloud apps for months and this fixed it in minutes. Thanks so much.

Mara
9 months ago

Hey,
I changed my Apple ID and now I am logging in again in various apps that require Apple ID on my Mac and iPhone 12 Mini.
The problem is that iCloud doesn’t recognize that I have changed the Apple ID so it keeps asking for the password of my old Apple ID.

What should I do?

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Colin Boyd
9 months ago
Reply to  Mara

Hi Mara, I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble with your accounts! I’d recommend reaching out to Apple’s Support team directly to try to get this sorted out. If anyone can help resolve an Apple ID issue like this, it’s them.

I’m sorry we couldn’t be of more help. Thank you for reading, and best of luck!

Simon
10 months ago

Hi, I have completed this process and it worked on my new phone. However, both my old phone and my iPad now have come with this message. When I reset it on the iPad, the new phone appears with the Update Settings message. I feel like I’m going around in circles. Have I missed something here?

Michael Cavette
10 months ago

ᎢᎻᎪΠᏦ?ᎩᎾᏌ I totally understand the process, however, I have had to keep doing this same process over and over, even when it seems like there are no apps which are updating. It is quite frustrating when you do it a score of times and then find the need to do so again. Is this some new idea for repetition to teach how to remember passwords? I swear I have done it 50+ times in the last two days. I wish it would finally be done! We do not have WiFi, so the updating process is slow. Problem is electricity too.… Read more »

De McDougald
11 months ago

Thank you! Very helpful!

doris
11 months ago

i cant change my apple id and old one has been deleted

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Colin Boyd
11 months ago
Reply to  doris

Hi Doris, that sounds very frustrating. I would recommend reaching out to Apple’s support team directly to try to get this issue sorted out. If anyone can help with Apple ID issues like this, it’s them. Sorry we couldn’t be of more help, best of luck!

Don Bearden
11 months ago

I followed these instructions and it worked. However, when I reset my iPhone, the message appears on my iPad. When I reset the iPad, the message reappears on the iphone. I cannot get rid of it. Help

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Colin Boyd
11 months ago
Reply to  Don Bearden

Hi Don, I can imagine that gets pretty frustrating pretty quickly. You may want try signing out of your Apple ID, then signing back in on both your iPad and iPhone and see if that breaks the loop. First, make sure you know your Apple ID password, as you’ll need it to sign back in. To sign out, open Settings and tap on your Apple ID. Then, scroll down and tap Sign Out. Then, open Settings again. Instead of seeing your Apple ID at the top of the Settings display, you should see a message inviting you to sign in… Read more »

no way
11 months ago

After following all of these steps, I’m right back at square one, minus much of the personal data that wouldn’t fit into the iCloud. The issue is not an incorrect apple ID, nor is it a disabled iCloud. Not one iPhone in our house can get rid of this error.

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Colin Boyd
11 months ago
Reply to  no way

I’m sorry to hear you’re still having trouble! If you’ve already tried all of our tips, I’d suggest reaching out to Apple Support directly about your Apple ID issues. If anyone can get this issue sorted out for you, it’s them. I’m sorry we couldn’t be of more help, thank you for reading nad best of luck!

Jill
1 year ago

Hi there, I recently purchased the iPhone 12 mini and I was getting the same message. I signed out of my Apple ID account and signed back in. This worked for approximately 6 hrs. I did the steps again and once again it worked. However, a few hours later I’m back to square one. Help please ?

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Colin Boyd
11 months ago
Reply to  Jill

Hi Jill, that’s a very intriguing problem. I’d suggest reaching out to Apple Support directly about this issue. If anyone can help resolve such a specific Apple ID issue like this, it’s them! I’m sorry we couldn’t be of more help, thank you for reading!

Hritika
1 year ago

After doing the exact same method you mentioned I have lost my photos. Is there any way I can restore them?

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Colin Boyd
1 year ago
Reply to  Hritika

Assuming you have iCloud, photos aren’t lost unless you delete them. You should be able to see all of your iCloud photos by going to icloud.com and logging in with your Apple ID. Check out this Apple support article for more information about iCloud Photos. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204264

shoaib
1 year ago

Hey I have iPhone 6 Plus. i bought this from my friend. but the reason is the Apple ID is removed. but when i entered my apple id. it sign in but after that he says to update apple id setting. when i continue it not go to the other page. also i lost my sim signals by facing this problem

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Colin Boyd
1 year ago
Reply to  shoaib

There’s no way that Apple ID settings could affect your SIM card or cellular connection. Sounds like your best bet would be to contact Apple Support for more help.

Brian
1 year 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!

Leslie
1 year 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 year 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

Hassan
1 year 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 year 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 year 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

GALINA
1 year 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!

Vasile
1 year ago
Reply to  GALINA

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

Ama Castle
1 year ago
Reply to  Kris Chari

Thank you! I mean! You just saved me from the trauma of feeling like I was loosing it all.

Becky W
10 months ago
Reply to  Kris Chari

Thank you! This worked for my new iphone12 pro max!

deh andre
1 year 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.

N R
1 year 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?

Ray
1 year ago

New iPhone 12 Pro is stuck on update Apple ID settings

Miriya
1 year ago
Reply to  Ray

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

Michal Fadlon
1 year 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.

Ethan
1 year 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?

Anne
1 year 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?

Julia
1 year 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 1 year ago by Julia
alex
1 year ago
Reply to  Julia

Julia got it – worked for me 🙂 new ip12 pro

Clarissa
1 year 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 »

Tereza
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

Pat
1 year 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
1 year 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 »

momoquadao
1 year 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!

Lisa
1 year 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
1 year 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!

Craig
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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?

CP
1 year 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!

carole
1 year ago

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

John Mokszycki
1 year ago
Reply to  carole

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

Amanda
1 year 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

Tommyjenkins
1 year 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
1 year ago

Hey David I need your help with update id apple

Lisa
1 year 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
1 year ago
Reply to  Lisa

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