How to change your Apple ID

By , Apr 27, 2016

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Many of us still have the same email address associated with our Apple ID that we made years and years ago when we got our first device. We use it to sign into each and every one of our devices when we buy one new from the store or restore an existing one to factory settings.

On the other hand, times change. Sometimes you may get new email addresses, and sometimes you want to use something new to log in with rather than your high school email address. Perhaps you’ve made one that is a little more professional looking and seek to use it instead.

Apple provides a way to change your Apple ID email address so you can use something different to sign into everything you use. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how that’s done.

Changing your Apple ID

I’ll admit, I wasn’t very happy with my original Apple ID sign-in email. I thought it was cool at the time, but I grew out of it pretty fast; call it a phase. Soon after, I wanted to change my Apple ID to something a little more… professional.

I’m sure I can’t be the only person in that boat, so I’ll be showing you how you can change your Apple ID sign-in email in this tutorial.

To change your Apple ID sign-in email, these are the steps you should follow:

1) Sign out of your Apple ID everywhere. Yes, that’s right; everywhere. This includes your iOS devices, your Macs, your iTunes accounts, App Store accounts, and anywhere else you can think of where you might be signed in.

2) Next, visit the Apple ID sign-in page. You’ll sign in with your current Apple ID information here, so go ahead and do that.

Apple ID sign in page Apple website

3) This will bring you to a page with all of your Apple ID account information. Under the Account section, go ahead and click on the Edit button on the right side of the page.

Apple ID Edit Account Information

4) The next page provides you with text fields for editing your account information. You’ll be clicking on the Change Email Address button.

Apple ID Change Email Address Button

5) A pop-up appears with a field for you to enter a new email address to use with your Apple ID. Enter the email you want to use and click on the Continue button.

Apple ID Continue Changing Email

6) A verification code will now be sent to the email address you just entered. Check your inbox (and your spam folder) to look for the verification code. You’ll use this to verify with Apple that you’re you, and you’ll copy and paste it into the Apple ID reset form to complete the Apple ID change.

7) Sign back into all your iOS devices and Macs with the new Apple ID.

That’s all there is to it! Now you can have a different email address associated with your Apple ID that you’ll use for signing into the App Store, iTunes Store, and the rest of your Apple services.

Please note that your Apple ID email is different from your iCloud email, and your iCloud email will stay the same after you change your Apple ID.

Wrapping up

Since you’re now aware of how to change your Apple ID, you can now change your embarrassing email to something better. This Apple ID email will be used to sign in across all of your Apple devices and services.


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  • Iskren Donev

    It’s a real shame that we can’t use an iCloud email as the official Apple ID and have another email address as backup…

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      You can, actually. This can happen when you first create your new Apple ID and when you proceed to the iCloud setup step it will propose either to use the same Apple ID email or the same prefix but instead of (at)me or whatever you choose it will be (at)icloud or you can even choose a different email address. This can only happen when you’re first setting up your new Apple ID, just make sure you choose the same email for your iCloud as you did for your new Apple ID. It’s not something that can later be altered, can only be done during first-time setup, hope this a gives better clarification.

      • Joaquim N.

        I even thought about creating a new Apple ID just to use my iCloud email but when I think about all the things I purchased, hundreds of dollars I spent on everything…

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        You can have Apple migrate all your info (i.e. address, purchases, etc.) to your new Apple ID. I heard that Apple has a tool that can do that, heard that from ATP (Accidental Tech Podcast) in a recent episode, one of the hosts had to retire their old non-email Apple ID and create a new one and he mentioned that Apple could migrate everything over to the new Apple ID. You’d just have to phone up Apple Support and have some senior tech rep help you out, could be done. Good luck.

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    • James G

      I created a new Apple ID with a new iCloud email address to get around this. And you can only do that from an iOS device.

  • The_Kingfish

    I tried this once before using the steps here and it turned into a major pain in the ass. When restoring from a backup, apps I bought with the previous Apple ID kept causing iTunes to ask for a password to re-install. Since the ID didn’t exist anymore the password entered kept failing. I gave up and changed the email back and the password request went through. More trouble than it’s worth if you buy apps and do restore from backups.

  • DOOManiac

    I changed my Apple ID a few months ago, and I’m still dealing with the headaches from it. App Store purchase problems, iCloud syncing problems, problems with my iPad, iPhone, and my Mac.

    Don’t do it folks. If its an e-mail address you don’t have access to anymore you can set a different e-mail as your primary contact. All password resets or etc. will go to that one.

    • SouthMouth

      Exactly because I did that my MacBook asks for my password 20x when I turn it on and a bunch of other random ish, don’t do it people you’ll regret it

  • Simon Moorhouse

    Don’t forget to sign out of everything first! I didn’t on my mac and had to call Apple to sort the mess as my mac was basically locked out from me

  • ArtieMack

    How about merging appleIDs? Would love to have my iCloud and App Store accounts become one.