I've notived my Apple ID is not been accepted within XCode when I try add an Apple ID in the XCode accounts pane of preferences.

I have tested the account details in both the member ceter and itunes connect sites and the account is fine.

When I add the account details and click 'Add' I get the message:

john@abcdef.com could not sign in. Please sign in with an app-specific password. You can create one at appleid.apple.com

Any ideas? I've updated XCode (7.2.1) and Yosemite (10.10.5), rebooted etc but same thing everytime.

Note: I have a second apple id which does NOT have a developer license, I use this for my ipad store purchases and this logs into XCode fine strangely.


  • Is the AppleID you're attempting to sign in with registered as an Apple Developer? – slightly_toasted Mar 31 '16 at 14:23
  • Yep, seems I was using my non developer apple id, really got to get organised and remove the one I dont use...Cheers Slightly. Make this an answer and I will award – John Cogan Apr 11 '16 at 14:50

Make sure the Apple ID you're using is registered as an Apple Developer, XCode does not function with normal Apple IDs since they aren't linked to Apple's developer tools.

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