How to Change Your Apple ID

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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,, or 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

As the Editorial Director at iPhone Life, Sarah Kingsbury manages the online editorial team and oversees all website content. She is a long-time Apple enthusiast who never goes anywhere without her Apple Watch and owns way too many HomePods. Since joining iPhone Life in 2013, Sarah has done everything from writing hundreds of how-to articles to founding the Daily Tip newsletter. She even co-hosted the early episodes of the iPhone Life Podcast. When not at work, Sarah can be found hiking in the mountains and canyons around Las Vegas, where she lives with her partner and dogs.