Change Apple Id

Change Apple Id

To change the email address or phone number * used as your Apple ID, follow these steps:

Steps Before Changing Your Apple ID

Log out of all Apple services and devices that use your Apple ID. If you want to use your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to change your Apple ID, do not log out of your Apple ID only on the appropriate device.

Apple ID is a third-party email address

If you change your Apple ID using a third-party email address, you can use a different third-party email address. You can also specify an email address ending in @ icloud.com, @ me.com, or @ mac.com, which is already used as an alias for logging in or is an alternative Apple ID for your account. To view these addresses, log in to your Apple ID account page. In the "Account" section, click the "Edit" button to display the "Contact Details" subsection. An icon will be displayed next to the login alias in it. If you hover over it, the message “This is your Apple ID” will pop up.

Using an email address ending in@icloud.com

If you enable the iCloud email client and select an email address ending in @ icloud.com, it will be assigned an alias to log into your Apple ID account. To view the email addresses that are used as aliases for your Apple ID, log in to your Apple ID account page and click the "Edit" button in the "Account" section. Hover over the question mark icon () next to your email address. If the message “This is your Apple ID” appears, this email address is valid.

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Apple ID is a phone number

If your Apple ID username is using a phone number in iOS 11 or later, learn how to choose a different mobile number.

Instructions for changing your Apple ID ending in @ icloud.com, @ me.com, or @ mac.com

If you use an email address ending in @ icloud.com, @ mac.com, or @ me.com as your Apple ID, you won’t be able to change it to a third-party email address. But it can be changed to an email alias for the Apple ID. For example, if you use the email address j.appleseed@icloud.com as your Apple ID, which is also registered in your account, you can change your Apple ID to j.appleseed@me.com. When you change your email address, the Apple ID also changes, which is displayed to people who share data with you.

To find a valid email address that you can use to log in to your Apple ID account, log in to your Apple ID account page and click "Edit" in the "Account" section. You will see “Contact Details” and an alias for logging in, next to which a question mark icon will be displayed (). If you hover over it, the message "This is your Apple ID."

On iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 10.3 or later

  1. Go to the “Settings” menu, select [your name], and then “Name”, “Phone Numbers” and “Email”.
  2. Click "Edit" next to the "Contact Details" section and delete the current Apple ID.
  3. Click Continue. Specify the Apple ID you want to use.
  4. Click "Next."

On the Apple ID Account Page

  1. Go to appleid.apple.com and sign in.
  2. Change Apple Id
  3. Click the "Edit" button in the "Account" section.
  4. Under Apple ID, click Edit Apple ID. If you want to change your Apple ID to the @ icloud.com email address you created in the last 30 days, you might be asked to try again later.
  5. Specify the Apple ID you want to use.
  6. Click the Continue button.
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If you enter an email address that is already an alias or an alternative Apple ID and ends with @ icloud.com, @ me.com or @ mac.com, a confirmation message is displayed. After changing your Apple ID to an account with the extension @ icloud.com, @ me.com or @ mac.com, you won’t be able to select a third-party email account again. The previous Apple ID, which was a third-party email address, will become the alternate email address for your Apple ID account.

Confirm New Email Address

If you change your Apple ID to another third-party email address, you must verify your account. **

After entering the email address that you want to use as your Apple ID, a verification code is sent to this address. Enter the verification code from the email in the fields provided to begin using the updated Apple ID. Find out what to do if you do not receive an email.

** You can change your Apple ID to another third-party email address if you use a third-party email address as your current Apple ID. You can also change your Apple ID to an existing login alias.

Re-login

After changing your Apple ID, you must use the new login information with all Apple services you use.

Help is needed?

If you need help changing your Apple ID or logging in with the correct account, follow these steps:

Unable to change Apple ID

You can change your Apple ID to any other email address * that is not yet used as your Apple ID. If your email address has the extension @ icloud.com, @ me.com, or @ mac.com, you won’t be able to select a third-party email address as your Apple ID. In addition, the “Edit Apple ID” link will not be displayed on the account page, and the option to delete the email address will not be displayed on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 10.3 or later.

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You must be logged in with a different Apple ID

If you want to change the Apple ID that is used on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch without changing the email address used as your Apple ID, follow these steps to sign out and then sign back in using a different Apple ID.

The email address was entered incorrectly when creating the Apple ID

If you created an Apple ID with an address that you cannot verify, sign in to your Apple ID account using the email address you entered when setting up your Apple ID. Then change your Apple ID to the correct email address.

* In some countries and regions, you can use a phone number as an Apple ID. If you already have an Apple ID, which is an email address, you cannot change it to a phone number.

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