This article explains how you can change your Apple ID email address.
WHAT TO KNOW
- To change Apple ID on iPhone, go to the Apple ID page in Settings and edit your contact info.
- You should always change your Apple ID if you stop using the email account associated with it.
- Make sure to log out of all other Apple services and devices that use the old ID.
If you stop using the email account that’s also your Apple ID, you should change your Apple ID.
Otherwise, you might miss account verification requests or other important information from Apple. It’s also imperative for keeping your account safe.
You can change your Apple ID on your Apple devices or on your computer.
What is an Apple ID?
An Apple ID is an account that grants you access to various Apple services and apps such as iCloud, Apple Music, the App Store, iTunes, FaceTime, iMessage, etc.
The Apple ID is used with all of Apple’s products from the iPhone to the iPad to the Mac to Apple TV. If you have any of these devices, you have been asked to sign in or create an Apple ID to use the device. You don’t need more than one Apple ID. In fact, the experience is better using the same Apple ID across all devices.
You can change your Apple ID easily. Only thing you need is a new email account you have that is not associated with another Apple account.
You may want to change your Apple ID email address to a different email address for many reasons. For example, you may no longer have access to your current email account. Make sure your email address is always up to date. Also, try to use an email address that only you have access to.
Important steps before changing your Apple ID
Before changing your Apple ID on your iPhone, you have to sign out of every other Apple service and device that uses the Apple ID you’re changing, including other iOS devices, Macs, and Apple TVs. Stay signed in on your iPhone.
Once you’ve changed your Apple ID, you’ll need to log back in on all your devices using your new ID.
If your Apple ID is an Apple email address (@icloud.com, @me.com, or @mac.com), you’ll need to change your Apple ID online at appleid.apple.com. You can only change to other emails that are aliases of your Apple ID email address in your account.
How to Change Your Apple ID Email on iPhone (Third-Party Email)
Here are the steps you’ll need to change your Apple ID through your iPhone’s settings.
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap your name, which appears near the top of your screen (it should say Apple ID, iCloud, Media & Purchases under your name), to access the Apple ID page.
- Tap Sign in & Security.
- Where it says Email & Phone Numbers click the blue Edit button on the right.
- Go to the email for your current Apple ID and tap the red circle with the minus sign that appears on the left side of your Apple ID.
- Tap Choose Another Email in the pop-up asking you to choose another email address to use as your Apple ID. You may need to enter your passcode.
- Enter your new Apple ID email address and tap Continue in the middle.
- A verification code will be sent to the email you entered. Retrieve it from the inbox and enter in the pop-up asking for a verification code on your iPhone. Your Apple ID will be updated the moment you finish entering the code.
How to Change Your Apple ID Email on a Computer (Apple Email)
If you use an Apple-supplied email (such as @icloud.com, @me.com, or @mac.com) for your Apple ID, you can only change to one of these email addresses. The new email you use also needs to be associated with your account.
- Open a web browser.
- Go to https://appleid.apple.com.
- -Enter your Apple ID and password to sign in to your Apple account page.
- In the Account section, click Edit.
- Click Change Apple ID.
- Type the email address you want to use as your new Apple ID.
- Click Continue.
- Click Done.
Note: This process also changes Apple IDs that use third-party email addresses using a computer. The only difference is that in Step 6, enter the third-party email address. You must verify the new address from an email Apple sends to you.
If you change your Apple ID to an Apple email address (@icloud.com, @me.com, or @mac.com), you won’t be able to change it back to a third-party email address in the future, according to Apple. The third-party email address you used before will appear on your Apple ID account as an additional email.