Your Apple ID is your gateway to all of Apple’s cloud services: iTunes, Apple Music, and iCloud. But what about your actual username? This is usually an email address: often it is @icloud, @me or @mac, but you can also sign up for your third-party email account such as @ gmail.com.
If you want to change the email address associated with your Apple ID, you can do this from a web browser. For the most part, it’s simple. Unfortunately, there are times when changing your Apple ID doesn’t work correctly: Apple may say that the email address you want to use is already an Apple identifier, or you won’t even be able to change your email address.
Never be afraid: we will check you through the steps to change the email address associated with your Apple ID and help resolve some common problems.
Note: If you forget your Apple ID, you can restore it without having to change your email address.
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A few things to understand before you get started.
Your Apple ID. this is an email address, for example [name] @ gmail.com or [name] @ yahoo.com, but the password is not necessarily the same. Your e-mail the password is probably different from your Apple ID password if you did not use the same password for both accounts. (Spoiler: You shouldn’t have this, but some do.)
Since your Apple ID is also an email address, you will need to access the specified email address to verify the change. Before making any changes, make sure you know the password for your email account.
When you create a new Apple ID, Apple also creates an @ icloud.com email address for you. This email address is associated with your Apple ID and cannot be canceled or used as a new email address for another Apple ID without any major AppleCare issues.
Apple also suggests that you log out of your Apple ID from all your devices before changing your email address. This is basically why you won’t be taken by surprise when your old Apple ID will no longer work. You will also have to manually exit iTunes and the App Store.
How to change the email address associated with your Apple ID
If you want to change the email address used for your Apple ID and know your current Apple ID and password, you can change it from any web browser.
- Go to appleid.apple.com from a web browser on your iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC.
- Enter Apple ID and Password.
- Click or tap arrow to log in.
- Verify your identity either by answering your security questions or by entering a verification code that was sent to your trusted device (depending on whether you have two-factor authentication enabled).
- In the Account section, click or tap Edit next to Attainable At.
In an ideal world, these are the only steps you need to change for the email address associated with your Apple ID. But there are problems. If you find yourself encountering problems trying to set a new Apple ID email address, read on.
What to do if your email address is already in use with an Apple ID
If you see a warning that the email address you are trying to change is already in use, this is because another Apple ID is already attached to this account. Even if you don’t remember how to create an account or create one yourself, it is already in use. Good? Now let’s fix it.
To do this, you will need access to three email accounts.
- Email account associated with your active Apple ID
- The email account associated with the Apple ID with which you want to change the active Apple ID (you do not need to know the Apple ID password, but you need to know e-mail password).
- A third email account that can be used as a starting email (one that has not yet been used as an Apple identifier). You can create it before launch or use an older email address that is no longer in use (but you know the password).
Step 1. Obtain the password for the Apple ID associated with the email address you want to change.
To get rid of the Apple ID, which is currently downloading the email address you want to use, you must have access to it. You can ask Apple to reset the password for the associated Apple ID.
- Go to iforgot.apple.com from any web browser.
- Enter E-mail address Do you want to switch your active Apple account (one that you cannot change now because it is already in use).
- Enter CAPTCHA Symbols to prove that you are not a robot.
- Click or tap Continue.
Now you know the password for the Apple ID, which you don’t remember and don’t want to use, so you can access it to make changes to it.
Step two: change the email address associated with the inactive Apple ID
All you did in step 1 was that you can disconnect this email address from an inactive Apple ID. Now that you have access to it, you can change the email address associated with it to something that you are not interested in. Here you can use the old email address or the new one you just created, for the sole purpose of using it for an inactive Apple ID.
Follow the steps to change the email address associated with your Apple ID and use the Apple ID email address and password from Step 1 above. Change the email address associated with what account to email address.
Step Three: Go Back and Change Your Active Apple ID
Now that the email address that you want to use for the active Apple ID is released, you can make changes. Follow the steps to change the email address associated with your Apple ID, This time you enter new email address, you can really use the one you need.
What to do if you don’t see the option to change your email address
If the email address associated with your Apple ID is @ me.com, @ Mac.com or @ icloud.com, you can only change your Apple ID to another @ icloud.com address that has already been associated with your account record. If you want to change it to another third-party provider, you’re out of luck: the only option you have in this arena. start with the new Apple ID. Unfortunately, this means that you will lose all the content associated with your current Apple ID.
If your email address ends with @ icloud.com, @ me.com or @ mac.com, you cannot change your Apple ID to a third-party email address. You will also not see the Change Apple ID on your account page or the ability to delete your email on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch using iOS 10.3 or later.
If you get to this camp and want to use a new third-party email address as your Apple ID, you might consider downloading as much content as possible to your devices or other cloud service (for example, photos, contacts, iCloud Drive documents, the content not purchased from iTunes, etc.), and then start from scratch with your preferred email account.
Be careful: if you do, you’ll lose all of your iTunes purchases, including movies, music, iBooks, and apps on all your devices. So make sure it’s worth it.
What to do if you entered the wrong email address when creating your Apple ID
If you accidentally used the wrong email address to create your Apple ID (for example, you used.com instead of.net), you can fix the error simply by changing the email address associated with your Apple ID.
Follow the steps to change the email address associated with your Apple ID but use Incorrect Email login address. Once you change your email address, you’ll be right, like rain.
Do you have more questions about changing the email address associated with your Apple ID? You can always check Apple’s knowledge base document on this subject, post them in the comments below or visit our forums i. If you have a specific problem, our reader community may help you.