âSign in with Appleâ is a highly secure and private way to sign in to third-party apps and websites using your Apple ID. It also makes the whole connection process quite quick and hassle-free. To change, you don’t need to create and remember new passwords, which can be a relief if you’re looking for a world without a password. On top of that, Connect with Apple works not only with Apple devices, but also with Android and Windows. Sounds intriguing? In this detailed guide, I will show you how to manage connection with Apple apps on iPhone and iPad.
How to use Sign In with Apple on iPhone and iPad
Before you start with Connect with Apple, it’s best to know what it is and how it works. If you know the basics, you can jump straight to the step-by-step guide using the table of contents below. However, if you want to start from scratch, start by eliminating the basics.
What is the connection with Apple and how does it work?
Sign in with Apple is a tool that protects your personal information from exploitation by third-party apps and websites. It allows you to log into apps / websites without having to provide your personal information. When you use Sign In with Apple, Apple generates a unique ID and shares it with the developer to keep your information private. As this identifier is separate for each developer, your personal information cannot be collected and shared everywhere.
On top of that, Sign In with Apple lets you hide your email address and also prevents trackers from creating a profile based on your behavior. With the privacy-centric Hide My Email feature, it allows apps, websites and businesses to contact you without receiving your email address. With iOS 15 / iPadOS 15, you can create an unlimited number of unique and random addresses for an email address field in Safari, Mail, and Settings. This, however, requires you to subscribe to iCloud +.
Besides the security aspect, Signing in with Apple is an effort to easily log into accounts on various apps and websites and eliminates the need to create and remember new passwords. If you’re prompted for your name and email address, Sign In with Apple will automatically fill in your Apple ID information. In addition, you also have the option to change your name and share your email.
What information does Apple collect when you use Sign In with Apple?
Now, you might be wondering what information Apple collects when you use Sign In with Apple. Although it knows every time you use the feature, it does not see or keep the history of the apps you connect with because that information stays on your device.
One thing you should know is that the first time you use Sign In with Apple with any app, Apple shares a simple binary score with the developer. This is done for security reasons to make sure you are a real person. Apple’s shared score is derived from recent activity in your Apple account and certain information about your device as well as usage patterns.
Create an account using Sign in with Apple
It’s easy to create an account using Sign In with Apple. Before you start, just make sure you have two-factor authentication enabled (Settings -> your profile -> Password & security -> Two-factor authentication).
Once activated, press the Sign in with Apple / Continue with Apple on the supported app or website. After that, you can choose to share your email or use the Hide My Email feature to protect your email. For better security, it is best to hide your email. After that, tap Continue and then confirm using your Touch ID / Face ID or password.
Create Sign in with an Apple account on other platforms
Just like iDevices, it’s easy to use Connect with Apple on the web and other platforms like Windows and Android. Just tap the Sign in with Apple button on the supported website / app, then enter your Apple ID and password.
There are a few things to keep in mind. When you use the feature for the first time, you will need to enter a verification code received on your trusted Apple device or phone number. On the web, you can skip additional verification for 30 days after your first login by trusting the browser you are currently using.
Popular apps with “Connect with Apple” support
There are a number of apps and websites that allow you to connect with Apple. Here is a list of some of the most popular:
- Adobe reader
- Dining out
- Drop box
How to View Apps Using Your Apple ID on iPhone, iPad
iOS offers a fairly easy way to keep track of all the apps that use your Apple ID. Here’s what to do:
- Launch the Settings app on your iOS device, then tap your profile.
- Now select Password & Security.
- Then select Apps using Apple ID located under the Connect with Apple section.
- Here you will see a long list of apps that use your Apple ID and this is how you can view them.
View apps using Sign In with Apple on Mac, Web
If you want to view the apps that use your Apple ID on Mac, go to System Preferences -> Apple ID -> Password & Security -> Edit.
You can also check the connection with Apple apps on the web. Go to appleid.apple.com -> Security section -> Choose Manage apps and websites from Sign in with Apple -> Manage section.
Prevent an app from using your Apple ID
If you want an app or website to stop using your Apple ID, you can easily revoke access. Note that the next time you use the app, it may ask you to create a new account.
- Head to the Apps using Apple ID section under Password and Security via Profile Settings.
- From the list of apps that appears, select the app that should stop using your Apple ID.
- Then press Stop using. After that press Stop using again in the pop-up window to confirm the choice.
Alternatively, you can press the Edit button in the upper right corner (on the Apple ID sign-in screen). After that, tap the red minus button (as shown in the screenshot below) to the left of an app and tap Delete. Make sure to tap Done at the top right to confirm.
How to check the Hide my email address from an app
As mentioned earlier, Connect with Apple focuses on the security part and allows you to hide your email from trackers and malicious people. If you want to enable this feature or check which apps you’ve enabled it for, here’s what to do:
- Again, head to the Profile section through Settings and reach the Password & Security section. Now press Apps using Apple ID.
- Now choose the app you want to check Hide my email address for.
- Check the “fake” email id located in the Hide my email section.
How to change Hide my forwarding email address
Sign in with Apple also gives you the option to change your Hide My Email forwarding address. Just follow these steps:
- As mentioned above, go to the Apps using Apple ID section through Settings.
- Choose the app and tap the Manage option Hide my email settings.
- Next, scroll down and press the Transfer to option.
- Here you will see your email addresses. Select a preferred email address, then tap Done at the top right to finish.
Turn off email forwarding for an app using your Apple ID
If you no longer want to receive emails from any app, you can choose to turn off email forwarding.
- Via the settings, tap Profile, then Password and security to reach Apps using Apple ID.
- Again, select the app and then Manage Hide my email settings.
3. Then choose the application and deactivate the Transfer to option.
To note: In iOS 14 or earlier, go to the Settings app -> your name -> Password & security -> Apps using your Apple ID -> choose an app. Now turn off Forward to.
Convert an existing third-party account in connection with Apple
Some supported third-party apps and websites may allow you to upgrade an existing account to sign in with Apple. Additionally, if your device is running iOS 14 / iPadOS 14 or later, you may also have the option to convert your existing account to Sign In with Apple if the passwords for those accounts are easy to crack. Be warned that after converting your account to Sign In with Apple, you will not be allowed to change it again.
- Go to the Settings app.
- Select Passwords, and then select an app or website name under Security recommendations.
- After that press Use Sign in with Apple then follow the prompts to complete the process.
Usage tips Connect with Apple on iPhone and iPad
That’s it! This is how you can set up and use Connect with Apple on your iPhone and iPad. It works reliably on all platforms. So you can use it to protect your personal information no matter what platform you are on. That said, what do you think of Apple and what is the one thing that you find appreciable about it? Be sure to share your thoughts via the comments section below.