When using the internet, we often come across CAPTCHA challenges that aim to tell humans apart from robots.
These challenges usually involve tasks like selecting images or decoding distorted text.
However, CAPTCHA tests can be tedious and annoying.
iOS 16 and newer versions have a feature called Automatic Verification that can help you bypass many of these challenges.
Automatic Verification replaces traditional CAPTCHA tests by leveraging an Apple server to validate your device and Apple ID.
Instead of completing the usual CAPTCHA process, the verification request is sent to a trusted third-party token issuance server, authorized by Apple.
This server generates a private access token, which is utilized to confirm your identity to the app or website you're attempting to access.
Privacy and Security
Privacy is a vital component of the Automatic Verification process.
Apple takes measures to ensure that it doesn't collect information about the specific app or website you're signing into, and it cannot access your browsing history.
Moreover, the token issuance server only verifies that you have successfully completed the verification, without gathering any data about your device or Apple ID.
The app or website you're using solely receives the private access token and remains unaware of any additional details.
Enabling or Disabling Automatic Verification
To check or disable Automatic Verification on your iPhone, follow these simple steps:
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Tap on your name at the top of the screen (Apple ID banner).
- Select "Password & Security."
- Scroll down to the bottom of the page and toggle the Automatic Verification switch according to your preference.
Troubleshooting CAPTCHA Issues
If you're still experiencing CAPTCHA challenges despite having enabled Automatic Verification, please ensure that you're signed in to your Apple device with your Apple ID and that your operating system is up to date.
If you've taken both of these steps and continue to encounter CAPTCHA challenges, it's possible that the app or website you're using doesn't support Apple's Automatic Verification feature.