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.

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Adam Leyland
17 days 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
17 days 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
22 days 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!!!

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Liam Shotwell
22 days 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
27 days 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!

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Liam Shotwell
27 days 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 month 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 month 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 month ago

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

John Mokszycki
1 month ago
Reply to  carole

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

Amanda
2 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

Tommyjenkins
2 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
2 months ago

Hey David I need your help with update id apple

Lisa
2 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
1 month ago
Reply to  Lisa

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