Apple to 2-Step Security Users: 3rd-Party iCloud Access to Require App-Specific Passwords Oct. 9


Back in mid-September Apple announced third party access to iCloud will require app-specific passwords for users using two-step verification.

This evening, Apple reminded users a full rollout of the requirement will be starting on October 9, 2014.

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Here’s how to create an app-specific password if you’re using a third party apps such as Outlook or Thunderbird to access iCloud mail, for example:

1. Go to My Apple ID.
2. Select Manage your Apple ID and sign in.
3. Select Password and Security.
4. Click Generate an App-Specific Password and follow the steps on your screen.

Up to 25 app-specific passwords can be active at any given time, according to Apple.

The announcement of app-specific passwords for third party access to iCloud data was made a day after Apple enabled 2-step verification for users.


  • Shorty_dammit

    So only 25 of your apps can use iCloud? Who came with that one? haha.

  • miggy_smalls

    This is for applications like Outlook that access iCloud data (contacts/calendar) that are not on your iphone or ipad. Similar to what Google does with 2 factor auth, if you’re using your Gmail on an iphone, you need to do the same. So 25 is very high – as it has nothing to do with iphone apps

  • Shorty_dammit

    Didn’t seem quite so clear to me at the time, so I think I’ll fall back on the ‘it was late’ excuse. Hehe