Apple Requiring Two-Factor Authentication for Developer Accounts as of February 27

by

Starting on February 27, Apple will be requiring all developers to have two-factor authentication enabled for their Apple IDs, with two-factor necessary for signing into Developer accounts after that date.

Apple today told developers via email that the requirement is being implemented to help keep developer accounts more secure and to make sure that no third-parties can access a developer account.


Developers who do not have two-factor authentication enabled for their Apple IDs will need to turn it on by February 27.

Two-factor authentication can be enabled on an iPhone or Mac by following Apple's instructions. Once enabled, a verification code from a trusted device will be required when logging in to a developer account.

Top Rated Comments

(View all)
Avatar
21 months ago
Since you all are using a secondary iCloud account, like me, here’s the trick:

On your Mac, create a new user account. Set up that account to use your developer iCloud account. You will be prompted to turn on 2factor. Do so. Give it your phone number. When it’s done. Remove the user account.

Now, when you are prompted for 2factor, click the “I didn’t receive a code” link, and you can choose to send a code to your phone.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
21 months ago
This is extremely problematic for my use-case. I'm the Apple Developer/Connect admin for a very large organization that publishes multiple apps from multiple developers/app managers under our license.

Due to turnover and the account being tied to a large organization, the "owner" of the account is more of a role account, and not really tied to an individual with a particular number/device.

IMO if Apple really wants to enforce two factor, they need to offer more two-factor options or account for role-based accounts in a better way. This is going to be anywhere from a huge PITA to a nightmare. :(
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
21 months ago

This is extremely problematic for my use-case. I'm the Apple Developer/Connect admin for a very large organization that publishes multiple apps from multiple developers/app managers under our license.

Due to turnover and the account being tied to a large organization, the "owner" of the account is more of a role account, and not really tied to an individual with a particular number/device.

IMO if Apple really wants to enforce two factor, they need to offer more two-factor options or account for role-based accounts in a better way. This is going to be anywhere from a huge PITA to a nightmare. :(

I know, the first thing I thought when I read this was "Who the hell uses their personal Apple ID for a dev account?"

Apple needs to allow for receiving two factor codes for multiple Apple IDs on one device, otherwise this is going to piss people the hell off.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
21 months ago

Since you all are using a secondary iCloud account, like me, here’s the trick:

On your Mac, create a new user account. Set up that account to use your developer iCloud account. You will be prompted to turn on 2factor. Do so. Give it your phone number. When it’s done. Remove the user account.

Now, when you are prompted for 2factor, click the “I didn’t receive a code” link, and you can choose to send a code to your phone.

Also, if you log off the account prior to removing the user, OR you remove the device in appleid.apple.com, then you don’t have to click a link each time. You will receive an iMessage each time you need to provide a code.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
21 months ago
This is awful. And stupid. And awfully stupid.

For our company account, NOBODY logs in to an Apple device using that ID. That will apply for most companies. Fortunately, need to log in with that account is minimal, since each developer uses their own linked account. When somebody DOES log in (to accept terms and conditions, to pay the yearly bill, etc. etc.) it will be different people who have access to the password.

The phone number goes to a VOIP line.

My own developer account is separate from the account that I log in to my Mac and iDevices with. Because I thought that was a Good Idea. At least I can verify by SMS.

But of course, SMS is a TERRIBLE way to do 2-factor authentication.

If they want to get serious, allow 2-factor with a dongle. And allow multiple dongles to be registered per account.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
21 months ago
We actually have the same issue above. Not sure why Apple has not embraced dual Apple IDs. Dropbox as an example did a great job at having Personal and Work accounts on a single install.

The options available to solve this issue are all pretty bad.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

'iPhone 12 mini' Name Reappears in Leaked Apple iPhone 12 Case Stickers

Friday September 25, 2020 1:58 am PDT by
Earlier this week a proven leaker claimed that the iPhone 12 lineup would be named "iPhone 12 mini," "iPhone 12," "iPhone 12 Pro," and "iPhone 12 Pro Max," and today the same nomenclature has appeared again in a photo depicting alleged stickers from unreleased Silicone iPhone cases originating from Apple's international distribution center in Ireland. The photo shows three stickers with the...

New Images Leak of iPhone 12 Braided USB-C to Lightning Cable

Thursday September 24, 2020 2:37 am PDT by
Rumors suggest Apple's upcoming iPhone 12 models will ship with a new Lightning to USB-C cable that includes a braided fabric design. Images of the purported cables were leaked in July, and today leaker Mr White has shared new images that give us a closer look at what we might get included in the iPhone 12 box. The photos show a USB-C to Lightning cable with a clearly braided design rather...

New Version of Microsoft Office Coming Next Year That Won't Require a Subscription

Thursday September 24, 2020 1:53 am PDT by
Microsoft will next year offer a new perpetual release of Microsoft Office for Mac and Windows that doesn't require a subscription to use, according to the software giant (via Windows Central). "Microsoft Office will also see a new perpetual release for both Windows and Mac, in the second half of 2021," said Microsoft in a blog post announcing the next version of its Exchange server,...

Apple Releases iOS 14.0.1 With Fix for Bug That Resets Default Apps After Rebooting

Thursday September 24, 2020 10:12 am PDT by
Apple today released iOS 14.0.1, the first update to the iOS 14 operating system that was released on September 16. Today's update is a bug fix update addressing issues that weren't able to be fixed in the initial iOS 14 launch. The iOS 14.0.1 update is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the new software, go to Settings > General > Software Update. ...

Apple's iPhone 12 Event Could Happen on October 13 Based on Rumors From Mobile Operators

Wednesday September 23, 2020 11:51 am PDT by
Apple's upcoming iPhone-centric event could perhaps be held on Tuesday, October 13, according to information shared with MacRumors by an employee at a UK cellular carrier. There's no way for us to confirm the dates at this point in time nor are we sure on the credibility of the source, but even without a rumor, Tuesday, October 13 is a good guess based on Apple's historic launch timelines, ...

Apple Releases macOS Catalina 10.15.7 With Fixes for WiFi Bug, 27-Inch iMac Graphics Issues

Thursday September 24, 2020 10:32 am PDT by
Apple today released macOS Catalina 10.15.7, the latest update to the macOS Catalina software. macOS Catalina 10.15.7 fixes several major bugs that Mac users have been experiencing, and it comes a month after the latest macOS Catalina release. The ‌‌‌macOS Catalina‌‌‌ 10.15.6 Supplemental Update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store using the Update feature in the System...

Apple Designs Custom Face Mask for Corporate and Retail Employees [Updated with Unboxing]

Wednesday September 9, 2020 11:13 am PDT by
Apple's design team has created a new kind of protective mask that's being distributed to retail and corporate employees, reports Bloomberg. The mask is called the Apple Face Mask and it was developed in-house in Cupertino by the Engineering and Industrial Design teams at Apple. Last week, an Apple employee sent MacRumors an image of the mask design, which can be seen up above. The Apple ...

Video Offers Closer Look at Apple Face Mask

Friday September 25, 2020 5:25 am PDT by
YouTube channel Unbox Therapy has today shared a new video giving a closer look at Apple's reusable face masks for corporate and retail employees. Apple's own face mask was designed by the company's Engineering and Industrial Design teams amid the global health crisis for corporate and retail employees, and the boxes include Apple's famous "Designed by Apple in California" text. The...

Top Stories: iOS 14 Feature Tour, 'iPhone 12 mini' Rumors, Apple Watch Band Controversy

Saturday September 26, 2020 6:00 am PDT by
Things started to calm down a bit this week following last week's rush of media event, Apple Watch and iPad launches, and the release of iOS 14 and other operating updates. But that doesn't mean there wasn't still a lot of news, from digging deeper into iOS 14 to more iPhone 12 rumors to the uproar over trying to exchange band sizes on the new Apple Watch. On top of all of that, we heard...

Interest in iOS 14 Home Screen Ideas Helps Pinterest Break Daily Download Record

Wednesday September 23, 2020 4:37 am PDT by
Apple's introduction of widgets on the Home Screen in iOS 14 has driven a surge in interest among users looking to customize their iPhone, and that has reportedly had a knock-on effect for Pinterest, whose iOS app has seen record downloads as users flock to its content seeking design inspiration. As reported by TechCrunch, App Store intelligence firm Apptopia was first to note the impact of ...