Account Recovery Contact

One of the things you can do in macOS Monterey and iOS 15 is set up an Account Recovery Contact. An Account Recovery Contact can help you restore your Apple ID account if you get locked out. It is not a bad idea to set up an Account Recovery Contact, here is how you do that.

Account Recovery Contact

To set up and Account Recovery Contact, you need to be running macOS Monterey on your Mac and iOS 15 on your iPhone. According to Apple, the person that is the contact has qualifications as well.

To become Account Recovery Contacts, your contacts must be using an iOS device with iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 or later, or Mac with macOS Monterey or later. Also, they must be over the age of 13. And you need two-factor authentication turned on for your Apple ID.

On the Mac, you set up an Account Recovery Contact in your Apple ID area.

In the next window, click on Password & Security.

In the Password & Security area, click on the “Manage” button for “Account Recovery”.

You will end up at this window. Just click on the “plus” symbol.

Next, you will see this window. Click on “Add Recovery Contact”. You will have to authenticate with your Mac account password.

The next window prompts you to choose someone.

This takes you into your Contacts. Once you click on a Contact, they are added to the Recovery window.

You may add more contacts or click on the “Continue” button.

The Contact is added and you are finished. If you have family sharing activated, the shared members appear at the bottom of the window. You can just click on one of them instead of navigating into your Contacts.


Having someone you trust as a backup for accessing your Apple ID is not a bad idea. Hopefully, it will not be needed, but if it becomes necessary, you are covered.