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Fix: Your Apple ID being Used to Sign in to a Device Near “”

Fix: Your Apple ID being Used to Sign in to a Device Near “”

It seems a recent wave of Apple ID authorizations on other iOS devices is plaguing the Internet right now. Over the last month or so, Apple ID users have are seeing authorization requests for Apple iCloud accounts either showing up on a device they already have setup in their iCloud or a sign-in from somewhere else they don’t recognize. What’s confusing about the Apple message is sometimes the message is for a device you already have setup in iCloud and Apple tells you to safely ignore the message. But why did you still get the prompt in the first place?

*Update* It seems the recent wave of messages may be related to a Gmail email address that you have associated with an Apple ID account. See our article on Apple ID being used on a new Mac.

Here are some of the Apple messages you may be seeing regarding your iCloud account being used for Facetime or iMessage on another device.

 

Your Apple ID is being used to sign in to a device near “”

Or…

Your Apple ID and phone number are now being used for iMessage and Facetime on a New Mac.

Or…





Your Apple ID and phone number are now being used for iMessage and Facetime on a New iPhone.

 

At this point, we have not seen Apple acknowledging a breach in Apple accounts, but it seems many iOS users online are getting these types of messages regardless of what they are doing on their device. At this point, the safest approach is the following.

 

1. Change your iCloud account password.

            -Go to https://appleid.apple.com/#!&page=signin  from a desktop computer and sign in with your current iCloud account. If your account is locked from receiving the previous messages, you must first unlock your account following the Apple directions you get prompted with.

            -Scroll down to Security and select Change Password.

 

2. Enable Apple 2-Factor Authentication. 

-Go to https://appleid.apple.com/#!&page=signin  from a desktop computer and sign in with your current iCloud account. If your account is locked from receiving the previous messages, you must first unlock your account following the Apple directions you get prompted with.

-Scroll down to Security and select the edit tab. Select to enable Two-Factor Authentication.

 Enter your apple ID or password

Apple ID is locked for security reasons

Apple too many sign in attempts apple id

Enter your apple id password in settings

 

Please let us know if you are experiencing this issue. What type of email address do you associate with you Apple ID? Did you recent Apple ID notification say you logged in from another location? 

* Please use the comment form below to let us know if you experience issues, have questions, or can provide solution. We want and encourage feedback. *



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Jerry Holcombe on Friday, 21 April 2017 11:33

have been trying to get my apple id updated for two weeks , did all the things you requested of me , said it would be a couple of days , but two weeks: //////????????no one to talk ???????

have been trying to get my apple id updated for two weeks , did all the things you requested of me , said it would be a couple of days , but two weeks: //////????????no one to talk ???????
K H on Tuesday, 09 May 2017 21:52

I have been receiving a rash of pop up notifications on my iPhone "your Apple ID is being used ... so the first time I just declined it, the next time I changed my password. So far it hasn't happened again. No idea why, but my Apple ID is linked to my Gmail account. I have two factor authentication turned on.

I'm guessing that this is just an apple glitch and not a hacking attack, but it had me worried til I saw it here.

I have been receiving a rash of pop up notifications on my iPhone "your Apple ID is being used ... so the first time I just declined it, the next time I changed my password. So far it hasn't happened again. No idea why, but my Apple ID is linked to my Gmail account. I have two factor authentication turned on. I'm guessing that this is just an apple glitch and not a hacking attack, but it had me worried til I saw it here.
Become The Solution on Wednesday, 10 May 2017 09:46

Yep! Same in our case - Gmail accounts. However, we decided to change the associated icloud account to a different email entirely as we saw the issue resurface even after changing our password. Apple suggested as long as your devices were listed in your account (and 2 factor was enabled) to not worry. We believe there was a leak in email addresses tied to icloud accounts and someone was trying to login with these accounts. Suggestion - change your icloud email entirely!

Yep! Same in our case - Gmail accounts. However, we decided to change the associated icloud account to a different email entirely as we saw the issue resurface even after changing our password. Apple suggested as long as your devices were listed in your account (and 2 factor was enabled) to not worry. We believe there was a leak in email addresses tied to icloud accounts and someone was trying to login with these accounts. Suggestion - change your icloud email entirely!
Asad on Friday, 30 June 2017 00:28

Getting this same annoying msg. My AppleId is with hotmail account so gmail only theory is not true.

Getting this same annoying msg. My AppleId is with hotmail account so gmail only theory is not true.
James Hale on Wednesday, 12 July 2017 02:36

don't have a gmail account. These messages began as soon as I enable two factor authentication.
They all say they are from the same place (no where near me, but the same as when I changed over to 2-factor).
They are annoying and useless with respect to identifying who or what it trying to access my account. I get about 3 or 4 a day. I did wonder if it was something on one of my own devices that was triggering this but have not discovered anything.
Given it has only occurred to me since enabling 2-factor authentication it really seems to be related.

don't have a gmail account. These messages began as soon as I enable two factor authentication. They all say they are from the same place (no where near me, but the same as when I changed over to 2-factor). They are annoying and useless with respect to identifying who or what it trying to access my account. I get about 3 or 4 a day. I did wonder if it was something on one of my own devices that was triggering this but have not discovered anything. Given it has only occurred to me since enabling 2-factor authentication it really seems to be related.
John VS on Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:29

This just happened to my father. Yesterday he upgraded the iOS on his iPhone 5s and at that time he enabled two factor authentication. Today he got the message "Your Apple ID is being used to sign in to a device near Dallas Texas".
I remotely helped him change his Apple ID password per your instructions above, and interestingly when I signed in as him the same message showed up on his iPhone with my location 180 miles from him--so his iPhone message was reporting something real.

I changed his Apple ID password, making sure to select the check box to logout all other connected devices. When he turned his phone back on, he had no message pop up. It's only been a few hours, but so far no more of these messages.

This just happened to my father. Yesterday he upgraded the iOS on his iPhone 5s and at that time he enabled two factor authentication. Today he got the message "Your Apple ID is being used to sign in to a device near Dallas Texas". I remotely helped him change his Apple ID password per your instructions above, and interestingly when I signed in as him the same message showed up on his iPhone with my location 180 miles from him--so his iPhone message was reporting something real. I changed his Apple ID password, making sure to select the check box to logout all other connected devices. When he turned his phone back on, he had no message pop up. It's only been a few hours, but so far no more of these messages.
erik on Friday, 04 August 2017 21:47

I just changed my password and checked the 'log out of all devices' while doing so. I then logged back in and jumped through the same hoops that triggered the pop ups and only encountered the pop ups once while logging in the logged out de vices, as expected, and have not encountered them otherwise when trying to log out and back in or anything else. It's only been 30 mins, but I feel confident this saved it. PS my email address is routed through a gmail account, but not a gmail address per say, just uses gmail to manage, not sure that helps anything but thought I would mention it.

I just changed my password and checked the 'log out of all devices' while doing so. I then logged back in and jumped through the same hoops that triggered the pop ups and only encountered the pop ups once while logging in the logged out de vices, as expected, and have not encountered them otherwise when trying to log out and back in or anything else. It's only been 30 mins, but I feel confident this saved it. PS my email address is routed through a gmail account, but not a gmail address per say, just uses gmail to manage, not sure that helps anything but thought I would mention it.
Betsy Scheffe on Sunday, 03 September 2017 20:59

I am in a spiral downward. The suggested fix is just leading me into a rabbit hole... "Account Recovery ". But my devices won't accept my new passwords, which according to Apple is "strong". This is VERY frustrating and has been going on for 3 days!

I am in a spiral downward. The suggested fix is just leading me into a rabbit hole... "Account Recovery ". But my devices won't accept my new passwords, which according to Apple is "strong". This is VERY frustrating and has been going on for 3 days!
John on Sunday, 17 September 2017 05:47

Every time I was launching the music app, the message: "Your Apple ID being Used to Sign in to a Device Near...(my location) was appearing. Allow - Deny. And then verification code was popped up.
I tried a lot of things and eventually I selected deny, it sent me to settings to change my password, witch I did. After that it's ok. For now or for ever... we'll see.

Every time I was launching the music app, the message: "Your Apple ID being Used to Sign in to a Device Near...(my location) was appearing. Allow - Deny. And then verification code was popped up. I tried a lot of things and eventually I selected deny, it sent me to settings to change my password, witch I did. After that it's ok. For now or for ever... we'll see.
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