Today, I reset my User password to a temporary password for use in a service appointment. Previously, the account was using my iCloud password to log in, and I thought I could change it back to that after the service.

When the service was completed, I used the Users & Groups preference pane to reset my password again, but the option to use my iCloud password to log in is no longer present.

Based on this thread, I logged out of iCloud and logged back in from the iCloud preference pane, but the option to use my use my iCloud password is still not presented when I initiate a password reset in the Users & Groups preference pane.

Is there a known solution to this issue? If not what steps might I take to diagnose the problem?

  • MacBookPro11,1
  • OS X 10.11.4 (15E65)
  • Do you have 2FA enabled?
    – 2426021684
    Apr 4, 2016 at 23:44
  • Go to appleid.apple.com -> Security and you can see if you have it enabled
    – 2426021684
    Apr 5, 2016 at 12:27
  • @user104317, I can't log in. When I enter my login info and submit, I get a modal window titled "Update Apple ID", prompting me to "Verify Email Address". My email address is entered into a field, and I can click "Cancel" or "Continue". Clicking "Continue" brings me to the same modal window, with the address field highlighted. Clicking "Continue" again brings up an error message saying that my email address is already in use. But I'm not creating a new ID. Apr 5, 2016 at 18:13
  • I do not know why that is happening
    – 2426021684
    Apr 5, 2016 at 18:36
  • See correct answer below from @quanlong
    – verveguy
    Aug 23, 2016 at 15:49

4 Answers 4


Run the following command in Terminal, then restart your Mac. The iCloud password will appear again.

sudo dscl . append /Users/`users` AuthenticationAuthority ";AppleID;[email protected]"

And do NOT forget to change [email protected] yo your real Apple ID.


With OS X 10.11.4 the option to use iCloud password is no longer available.

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    Jun 30, 2016 at 11:32
  • While it's true that it's no longer available by default or "out of the box", the functionality does indeed appear to be present. See the answer for @quanlong above. I've confirmed personally that this does, in fact, appear to work just fine. The original blog post seems to be this mac.si/posts/icloudpassword.html
    – verveguy
    Aug 23, 2016 at 15:41

I got bit by this too. Changes login from iCloud password to custom and...logging in via iCloud password is indeed no longer available.

So, until this changes, to paraphrase (badly) an old Willie Nelson song, Mama, don't let your children grow-up to change their password preferences from iCloud password.

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    – fsb
    Jul 4, 2016 at 0:47

There's explicit help section at official Apple support website.

What to do after you change your Apple ID email address or password

After you change your Apple ID email address or password, you might need to update your sign-in information with any Apple services that you're using.

Mac with OS X Mountain Lion or later

Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.

  • If you're signed out, enter your updated Apple ID and password to sign in. The data in iCloud will automatically appear on your device after you sign in.

  • If you're signed in with your previous Apple ID:

    1. Click Sign Out. Depending on what iCloud options are turned on, you'll be asked if you want to make copies or delete iCloud data (Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Bookmarks, Photo Stream) from your Mac. Your data will remain in iCloud and will be updated on your device when you sign in to iCloud again.
    2. Enter your updated Apple ID and password to sign in.

If you experience problems with iOS as well, then execute instructions from this page: If iCloud asks you for the password to your previous Apple ID

  • I tried signing out of icloud it did not help and we changed our computer passwords not our icloud passwords
    – 2426021684
    Apr 4, 2016 at 23:12
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    The OP said he tried signing in and out of icloud too
    – 2426021684
    Apr 4, 2016 at 23:15
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    The computer password was changed both I and the OP did not change the icloud password. The OP and I want to login to our computers with our Apple ID however the OP and I are not presented with the dialogue asking if you want to use your Apple ID to login.
    – 2426021684
    Apr 4, 2016 at 23:23
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    "Users & Groups preference pane" I'm pretty sure the OP is trying to change the computer password.
    – 2426021684
    Apr 4, 2016 at 23:40
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    The question field wasn't long enough to include all the details, and my hope was to clarify in the body of the post. @user104317 picked up on my intended meaning: I didn't change my Apple ID or Apple ID password, just my User password on a MacBook Pro. Now I want to change it back to logging in with my Apple ID, like I did before the temporary password change. Apr 5, 2016 at 3:58

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