With “Sign up with Apple”
What is “Sign in with Apple?”
With “Sign in with Apple” you can register or sign up for a service without providing a password and go through a registration process. The service requires the use of an Apple ID that uses two-factor authentication so anyone with an iPhone, iPad or Mac can take advantage of it.
When you sign in to Apple, you don’t need to provide a password at all. Assuming you’re already signed into your Apple ID, signing in is a matter of tapping a button and waiting. Rather than a password, services identify you through your Apple ID, although you still have control over what information you disclose.
The service works with existing biometric authentication methods such as Touch ID and Face ID to make logging in as fast as possible. You can still log in to services from any web browser (Windows, Android, etc.), just log in to your Apple ID first.
Signing in with Apple isn’t used by every service or app, but more and more developers are introducing support. If you can use the service to log in to an app or website, you will see a “Log in with Apple” button next to the usual login options.
Convert accounts to “Log in with Apple”
Since Sign in with Apple was introduced, many more developers have jumped on board and added support for the feature to their apps and websites. If you already have an account with a service that now supports Login with Apple, you may be able to switch to the faster login method.
How this works depends on how each service implements it. We tested WordPress.com and found the option under Account Settings> Social Sign-in, with an option to “connect” your Apple account to log in faster in the future.
Other services can convert your login from apps running on your device. For Reddit, launch the app then tap your user icon, followed by Account Settings. On this screen you will find an option to “Connect” your Apple account (in addition to a Google account, if you prefer).
For apps that don’t offer an option to convert, you can try logging out and then using the Sign In with Apple button to “create” a new login. Note that you will need to explicitly share your email address (instead of choosing “Hide my email”) so that the service knows to associate your existing account with your new login method.
How to Convert From Settings App
If you store your passwords with Apple, they will be synced between devices on iCloud. With some services, you may be able to convert to Sign in with Apple under the Passwords section of the Settings app.
Navigate to Settings> Passwords on your iPhone and iPad and authenticate so you can see your list of saved passwords. Tap “Security Recommendations,” then tap a service that needs attention. If “Use Sign in with Apple” is available, tap it to start the conversion process and follow the instructions.
How does signing in with Apple protect you?
Signing in to Apple gives you one less password to worry about, which means you have to change one less password in the event of a security breach. But the same can be said for Google and Facebook’s social sign-in options, so how does Signing Up with Apple go one step further?
Apple’s implementation allows you to effectively sign up for a service anonymously, without revealing any personal information such as your email address. When you choose “Hide My Email” when signing up, Apple acts like an email relay, signing up for an account and forwarding all correspondence to the email address normally associated with your Apple ID.
Unlike similar services from companies like Facebook, Apple says it won’t track or profile you on apps and websites. Apple earns most of its money from selling hardware such as smartphones and laptops, with additional revenue from sales in the App Store and cloud services.
Since you must use two-factor authentication (2FA) to take advantage of Sign in with Apple, any service you sign up for will also use 2FA by default. Most services allow you to link an email address and create a password for a more traditional login experience if you prefer.
Handy and safe
Logging in with Apple is a remarkably “user-friendly” login system. The way the service prioritizes privacy and prevents user tracking puts it head and shoulders above alternatives like Google and Facebook.
As more developers come on board, the service will become more common and become viable. Worried about giving too much away? Now run an iPhone privacy check on your device.
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