How to Change Your Apple ID

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, perhaps because it is an email address for an account you no longer use, you'll need to sign out of everywhere you use your Apple ID on all your iDevices. This includes the iTunes, iBooks, and App Store, Apple Music, FaceTime, iMessages, GameCenter, iCloud, Find My Friends, and Find My iPhone.

Next, 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 password.)

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Once you've signed in, click Edit in the Account section at the top of the page.

Then, click Change Email Address…

Enter a new email account and tap continue.

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 Verify.

Once your new ID is verified you can sign back in on your iDevices 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.

 

*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.

 
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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! Since 2013 she has co-hosted the iPhone Life Podcast, written an iPhone advice column and countless gear reviews and feature articles for iPhone Life magazine, and provided one-on-one iPhone-related assistance for our premium subscribers. 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. In her free time, she loves walking her dogs, painting, baking bread, and catching Pokémon. Sarah holds a BA in French from Minnesota State University, Mankato.