After upgrading to latest iOS I get a message asking to approve my phone from another device.

Problem 1: I do not have another device. Is apple forcing customers to have more than one device? or how do i fix this?

Problem 2: It also gives me a message, "Can't approve this iPhone". If I click there it warns you that the only way to continue will be by resetting all my info on iCloud which is something I DO NOT WANT to do.

  • Do you have access to a computer that you can log into your iCloud account with? Another phone number? That is basically what they are asking for. – Steve Chambers Aug 9 '17 at 17:36
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    Not exactly a duplicate, but this answer may resolve your issue: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/291055/… – user11633 Aug 9 '17 at 17:52
  • The other answer did not resolve my issue. But I was eventually able to fix it by logging into iCloud on an old laptop that my wife had, and approving the request from there. – user1588877 Jan 25 at 19:24

I had the same problem. I actually had an old ipod associated with my account that I didn't realize and had to remove it.
Go to: https://appleid.apple.com And choose "Manage your Account".
Look at your devices and see if you have any old devices. If so, remove them. That is what worked for me.

  • upvoted, relevant to problem 1. I think the message to approve a login from another device only appears if there is a device associated with your AppleID. You can see all the devices you've ever used by going to the above website, and remove them if you don't own/use them anymore. – Fyrefly Apr 18 '18 at 19:35

There should be the option to receive a SMS code instead (if you have a phone linked to your Apple ID). If you didn't receive this option whilst setting up your iPhone then skip and once you are in the springboard you can go into settings and do so via the iCloud settings panel.

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