“Your Apple ID Has Been Locked” On iPhone? Is It Legit?

You just received an email saying your Apple ID has been locked. You’re suspicious of the email because it doesn’t look professional. In this article, I’ll explain what to do when you receive an email saying your Apple ID has been locked!

Has My Apple ID Actually Been Locked?

No, if you received an email like this, your Apple ID hasn’t been locked. Someone is trying to scam you into giving them your Apple ID and password.

This is a classic example of a phishing scam — a scam where someone pretends to be a well-known company like Apple so they can steal your personal information.

The first thing that should tip you off is the bad grammar and misspellings in the email. There are many different scam emails similar to this one. The two things every email scam have in common is bad grammar and misspelled words.

your apple ID has been locked for security reasons

If your Apple ID has actually been locked, you’ll see one of these three alerts from Apple:

  • “This Apple ID has been disabled for security reasons.”
  • “You can’t sign in because your account was disabled for security reasons.”
  • “This Apple ID has been locked for security reasons.”

If the email you receive isn’t phrased exactly like one of the sentences above, there’s a good chance the email is a scam.

Did You Click The Link In The Email?

If you clicked the link in the email, there are a few things you should do to make sure your information is safe. It’s important to know that your information might not be safe if you clicked the link and started filling out your Apple ID and password.

If you filled out your Apple ID and password, it’s a good idea to change your iCloud password. Go to the Manage your Apple ID page on Apple’s website and click Forgot Apple ID or password? to reset your password.

Clear Safari History and Website Data

Clearing your Safari browser history is another important step to take if you clicked on any links inside the email. The website you opened when clicking the link may have stored some nefarious cookies in your web browser.

To clear Safari History and Website Data on your iPhone, open Settings and tap Safari. Then, tap Clear History and Website Data.

clear browser history iphone safari

Report The Scam To Apple

If you received the “Your Apple ID Has Been Locked” email on your iPhone, you can report the scam to Apple. Forward the email you received to [email protected]. From there, Apple can take appropriate action to prevent other people from receiving the same email.

Safe And Sound!

Your iPhone, Apple ID, and password are safe and no one will be stealing your information! Make sure to share this article on social media so your friends and family will know what to do if they receive an email saying “Your Apple ID Has Been Locked.” Feel free to leave us any other questions down below in the comments section!

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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1 year ago

Thank you for your sharing. But if Apple ID is disabled, maybe it requires to be removed. Joyoshare Activation Unlocker could help regain access to iPhone and log into it with a new account.

3 years ago

The report email address always returns as undeliverable. This has been reported before. I think you should look into it.

amdipuram anand
3 years ago

my apple id is not working

4 years ago

what do I do if I already clicked on this email believing it was real and gave them all my information? Do I change my password and sign out of all accounts?

4 years ago

My iCloud account has been locked. When I tried to rest it didn’t work n I forgot my security answer too. So I tried verification, but again email had been blocked so can’t get access to see the verification code.

4 years ago

I’ve gotten this a couple times. Each time I try to forward to apple as suggested, it says undeliverable

Anna Gummere
4 years ago

I received this today. Filled out info until it came to my Ss# so left site. Am I ok

Anna Gummere
4 years ago

I received a message about this and I put in my info but once it wanted my ss# I got out of it. Am I ok?

Cecilia Bautista
4 years ago

Thank you, I just received an email about my ID apple account has been locked. I almost fill up all the information, then it’s asking about my SS #. So, I became suspicious and search about this email.
How can I report this email message to Apple company?
Thank you.

4 years ago

Thanks. I got an email that had literally the same format and wanted to make sure it was reported and then I saw this so thanks.