iCloud Pop Up on Macbook Pro - Is this legit?

Oct 5, 2014
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Hey Guys,

For the past week or two I've had this iCloud pop up appearing on my screen when I boot up the Macbook Pro.


What's weird is that I have tried typing in my password multiple times. I'm confident I know the correct password as I use it for almost everything, but I have tried my backup passwords just in case.

Each time I type in a password and press enter, it disappears for a few seconds then instantly reappears. The same thing happens if I just try to cross the box. It will keep reappearing for a few minutes until finally it disappears.

At first I didn't think there was anything weird about this, but the fact that it behaves oddly makes me worry that it might not be a legitimate Apple thing?

I'm not too fussed about being able to get into my iCloud as I don't really use it, but it's a bit of a pain to have to go through the above process each time I boot up the Pro.

Thanks in advance guys :)
Sep 30, 2007
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The Republic of Neptune
Your Mac's Specs
2019 iMac 27"; 2020 M1 MacBook Air; macOS up-to-date... always.
As far as I know, it's legit. I've had this happen periodically over the past year or so on both my user account and on my wife's. If you are uncertain, hit cancel, then go to System Preferences, then open iCloud. You can authorize from there. You may have to run and authorize a specific app, like FaceTime or Messages.


It's asking each time for each device you own that it has detected are connected to icloud. I get this a lot after I have updated the OS or made a system change. It's a security feature. If you have a fair number of accounts/devices connected to icloud, you'll get multiple prompts until you enter the correct AppkeID for each device. Perhaps you have two-step authorization on as well?

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