2FA for Apple ID is available, do it now! (or don’t, see within)

On March 21st, Apple made two-factor authentication available for certain devices running iOS 9.3 or MacOS X El Capitan.

Now, let me save you some time.

If you are following the instructions, but not seeing 2FA available in your iCloud security settings, you probably have two-step verification already enabled.

In order to configure 2FA, you will have to disable two-step verification from one of your devices. This will require you to provide some inane ‘security question’ answers, but don’t worry – you won’t use them a single time.

One other note – if you’re signing into a MacOS X device with your iCloud credential, that goes away as well. You will be required to set a new local password that will be used to gain access if you cannot access your 2FA device(s). This may be a challenge for centrally managed environments, and could violate one of more of your internal policies. So please ask your IT department before doing this on a company-owned or managed device.

Once you’ve disabled two-step verification, you can follow the instructions linked above to configure 2FA. It’s pretty slick!

Here’s the notification I received on my Mac when changing a setting on my iPhone that required iCloud authentication:Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 6.40.20 PM

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