How to Change Your Apple ID

Has your email address changed? Learn how to change your Apple ID email address with this guide.

Your Apple ID is the key to using your iCloud account and making purchases in the App and iTunes Stores. If you want to change your Apple ID email address, perhaps because you no longer use that email, the process is surprisingly simple. Below, let's take a look at the steps you'll need to take to change your Apple ID email.

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Sign Out of Accounts Using Your Apple ID

Before we begin, please note that Apple email addresses (those ending in @iCloud.com, @me.com, or @mac.com) are already Apple IDs, so if you want to use one as your ID, there is no need to make any changes to your Apple account. You can also simply change the email address associated with Sign in with Apple if you'd like.

Please also note that if the reason you're wanting to change your Apple ID is because you got an Apple ID disabled error message, you'll want to troubleshoot that first, and then get back to the steps listed here.

First, you'll need to sign out of everywhere you use your Apple ID on all your Apple devices. This includes iTunes, iBooks, the App Store, Apple Music, FaceTime, iMessages, GameCenter, iCloud, Find My Friends, and Find My iPhone. Now that you are out of all of your accounts, you can move on to changing the email address associated with your Apple ID. To learn more ways to use your Apple ID, check out our Tip of the Day.

Related: Apple ID Guide: How to Create, Log In, Manage, Change & Set Up Family Sharing

Change Your Apple ID

  1. Go to the Apple ID page on Apple's website. Here, sign in under Manage your Apple account. (Here's what to do if you've forgotten your Apple ID password.)

    Log into site
     
  2. Once you've signed in, click Edit in the Account section.

    Edit account
     
  3. Then, click Change Apple ID.

    Change Apple ID
     
  4. Enter a new email address and tap Continue.

    Enter new email
     
  5. A verification code will be sent to your new email and a window will pop up telling you to enter a verification code. Open the email and find the verification code. Enter the code on the website and click Continue.


     
  6. A window will pop up confirming that your Apple ID has changed. Click Done.

    Click done
     

Once your new ID is verified, you can sign back in on your Apple devices to all the services that require an Apple ID. If you forgot to sign out of any service before changing your Apple ID, you will need to sign out and sign in again.

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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor and SEO Content Manager at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time Apple enthusiast, Sarah can't live without her iPhone, Macbook Air, HomePod, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. As the original contributor to the iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter, she wrote hundreds of iPhone how-tos to help users master their iPhones. It's safe to say that she has written or edited every tip published on iPhoneLife.com! In her 20 years of editing and writing, Sarah has done everything from working as the associate editor of the Iowa Source magazine to developing recipes and reviewing cookbooks for a vegetarian cooking website. But teaching people how to use their Apple devices is her favorite job so far.