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Top 4 Ways to Fix Approve This iPhone Stuck Issue

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“My new iPhone is stuck on 'Approve This iPhone', telling me 'Go to one of your other devices signed in to iCloud to approve this iPhone.' When I sign into iCloud on my computer, I don't know where to go to approve it, my iPhone is spinning and waiting for approval...”

approve this iphone stuck

"Approvie This iPhone" is part of Apple's Two-Factor Authentication feature, enabling users to sign in to a new device by entering the security code from another trusted device.

When we get a new iPhone and sign in to our Apple ID account, however, we may end up with the iPhone keeps approving the device for a long time and never work out. On the page, we may also see the text "Waiting for approval".

If you are facing this issue, you have arrived at the right place. Below, we will explain why does Approve This iPhone stuck and provide you efficient measures to get rid of the issue. Keep reading to learn more!

Why Can’t I Approve My iPhone 14/13?

"Can't Approve This iPhone" is an issue that has been occurring for a while, but Apple didn't yet take any measure till now. It can happen for various reasons, including wrong settings of the iCloud Keychain, Two-Factor Authentication, Apple's complex security measures, etc. It might also occur because of a glitch in the iOS system of your iPhone.

As there is no specific reason, it can be tricky to find out and take a specific measure to solve the issue. However, the good news is that you should be able to get rid of the issue by trying a few fixes.

How do you get rid of Approve This iPhone? Below, we will discuss some of the things you can consider doing to solve the problem.

1. Turn Off iCloud Keychain

The iCloud Keychain is an interesting function of the iPhone that can remember things for you. Such as, it can recall a password, bank account information, credit card information, and much more that are saved on your device. When the feature is turned on, you don’t need to go through the hassle of mesmerizing these important data.

Unfortunately, the iCloud may lead you to can't approve this iPhone at this time error. So, you will need to consider turning off the feature when you face the issue. Here is how to turn it off:

  • When the iPhone is stuck on the approve page, click Cancel.
  • Then open Settings and tap on your name. Then press iCloud.
  • Now scroll down to locate and press on Keychain.
  • Turn off the toggle bar beside Keychain to turn it off.

turn off icloud keychain

2. Turn Off Two-Factor Authentication

The Two-Factor Authentication is a security measure that Apple devices use to protect user's privacy and data. But it can also cause the approve this iPhone waiting for approval stuck issue when you cannot confirm the iOS device's authentication. So, turning off the two-factor authentication may help you solve the issue. Here is how to do this:

  • If you are stuck on the "Approve This iPhone" page, cancel it by pressing the Cancel button on the top left.
  • Now open Settings on your iPhone and tap on your Apple ID. After that, go to the Password & Security section.
  • Now find Two-Factor Authentication and set it to Off.

turn off two factor authentication

Try again to approve this iPhone after doing so and check if the process can complete successfully.

3. Approve This iPhone from Another iOS Device

If you own multiple Apple devices, this method can help you the most. Here is what you need to do:

  • Press "Cancel" on the "Approve This iPhone" page.
  • Go to Settings from your iPhone and then press your Apple ID.
  • Now find Password & Security and tap on it, then tap on Get Veification Code.
  • Now you will get a security code on another iPhone. Enter it and click OK.

get verification code

This might help you to solve the issue. You can back to the problem iPhone and see if the "Approve This iPhone" screen disappeared.

4. Stuck at Approve This iPhone? Try FoneGeek iOS System Recovery

If you are still facing the Approve This iPhone stuck issue even after trying all the measures above, some bugs and glitches may happen on your iPhone. You can consider using the FoneGeek iOS System Recovery program. It's an easy-to-use and powerful program designed to fix 150+ iOS system issues and bring your iPhone back to normal.

No data will get lost if you repair your iPhone using the standard mode. And this tool support all the iOS versions and iPhone models, including the newest iOS 16 and iPhone 14/13. Let's see how to use the tool:


Step 1. Download and install the FoneGeek iOS System Recovery on your computer. Then press "Standard Mode” on the main interface.

choose repair mode

Step 2. After that, connect the iPhone with the PC. If your iPhones run on iOS 12 or older, unlock the iPhone and press "Next". If the device is not detected, boot into DFU or Recovery mode by following the on-screen guide.

connect ios device

Step 3. You will now see the device model and iOS system versions that you can download as firmware. Select the preferred version and press "Download".

download firmware

Step 4. Wait for the files to be downloaded and verified. Once done, press "Fix Now". After that, FoneGeek will start fixing your device, and the problem should be solved as the iPhone restarts.

fix now


When your iPhone is stuck on the "Approve This iPhone" page, you can consider trying the above solutions to fix it. Especially, you can make use of the FoneGeek iOS System Recovery to solve this issue as well as the other errors that are affecting your iPhone's performance.

Joan J. Mims

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.

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