Last year I came close to the precipice of permanently losing my Apple ID when I was locked out of it for suspicious activity because someone tried to break in.
I caught a lucky break and found my recovery key buried on my computer, but others haven’t been so lucky.
Apple previously said you needed a combination of your trusted devices, password or recovery key to get into your account, but the reality wasn’t quite that if you were locked out.
The change in iOS 9, which allows you to recover a locked account using a trusted device or password, finally fixes this problem. It’s already being used successfully by people to recover accounts that they’d thought lost forever.
One user on Reddit wrote that a year ago when his account was locked out, he thought it was gone forever. Even after “hour long phone calls to AppleCare” and “some calls to a friend at Apple” nobody was able to help.
That is, until this change happened today — he’s now successfully recovered it twelve months later.
If you’ve been permanently locked out of your Apple ID for a similar reason, you might finally have some hope.
You’ll need to upgrade to the iOS 9 beta or wait until the official release later this year, but if you’ve been locked out for a long time, the new rules could finally help you recover your account.