How to change the email address associated with your Apple ID.
Your Apple ID is the key that ties all of your Apple devices and services together. It’s what makes it possible for you to make purchases in iTunes, and then access those purchases on all of your other devices using that same Apple ID. The username of the Apple ID is always an email address. As time goes on, you may want to change that email address for a variety of reasons.
Maybe that email account got hacked. Maybe you no longer use it. Or maybe you just got an itch to switch. No matter the reason, Apple makes it possible to change the email address associated with your Apple ID in a matter of minutes. And now, let’s walk through the steps to change the email address associated with your Apple ID. Step 1. Open a Web browser and navigate to www.appleid.apple.com. You’ll land on the Apple ID sign-in screen.
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Enter your Apple ID and password into the corresponding fields, and then click the arrow on the right side of the Password field to sign in. You’ll land on the profile page for your Apple ID. Step 2. Click “Edit” in the Account section. The Account section expands and most of the fields in the section become editable. Step 3. Click “Change Apple ID” beneath Apple ID at the top of the Account section. A dialog box pops up prompting you to enter a new email address to use as your Apple ID. Step 4. Enter the new email address you want to use as your Apple ID in the field in the dialog box, and then press “Continue.” A dialog box appears informing you that a verification code has been sent to the email address you want to use as your Apple ID.
The dialog box also contains six blank boxes. These blank boxes are where you’ll enter the code after you retrieve it. Step 5. Keep the dialog box with the blank boxes open, and access the email account you want to be associated with your Apple ID in either a new window or on a smart device. You’ll receive an email from [email protected] that contains your verification code in the body of the email. Enter that code in the blank boxes in the dialog box on the Apple ID website, and then click “Continue” in the dialog box. The dialog box will close, indicating that you have successfully change the email account associated with your Apple ID.
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You’ll automatically see the Apple ID change on this screen under your name at the top of the screen, to the right of “Your Apple ID is,” and also in the Account section beneath Apple ID. To make sure the change is applied across all of your devices, sign out of your Apple ID and then sign back in using the new email address and the same password. Congratulations! You now know how to change the email address associated with your Apple ID. Thanks for watching. Click the video link on the right side of the screen to check out another video. Click the logo on the left side of the screen to subscribe to this channel to see more great videos like this one.
Here’s a command situation you may have had with your Apple ID account. Also known as your iCloud account or iTunes account. It’s your one Apple account. Your ID for that is going to be an email address. Now that email address could be something @iCloud.com or if it’s older @me.com or @mac.com.
In that case, you’re using an Apple email address for an Apple account. But it could also be something at a completely different email address. Like a Gmail account or something with your ISP. It could be anything. Any email address could be used as an Apple ID. If you set up your Apple ID a long time ago it may very well be some email address that has nothing to do with Apple.
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Now what happens is people change email addresses. They leave an ISP or they decide to stop using an email account and maybe start using their iCloud email account or a new one. But they’re stuck with an Apple ID that’s using their old email address. So how do you change it? The key to changing it is first going to this page at Apple’s website. It explains in detail everything you need to do. You should first read this page carefully because there are a lot of different starting points. For instance, if you already have an Apple ID that’s at iCloud.com or at me.com or mac.com and you want to change it there are certain things that you need to do. I’m going to focus here on if you’re Apple ID is using a third party email address.
So say it’s using your ISP’s email address and you’re not using that anymore. You can still change that so you basically don’t have to worry about that old email address. Maybe you don’t even use it for other things anymore. You can change it to another email address that you have or even to an iCloud.com email address. The steps are here. So basically what you want to do, for most occasions, is sign out of just about everything.
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Now if you’re trying to do this on an iOS device you don’t want to sign out on the one iOS device that you’re actually going to use. But let’s assume you’re going to do this on a Mac. So you’re going to sign out of everything because you’re going to go to Safari and you’re going to sign in there. So you can have your Mac signed out. You can have all of your devices signed out and everything. In that way, there will be no problems as you change your Apple ID. So as it instructs us here you want to go to appleid.apple.com and sign in. Go to the Account section and click Edit and look for a Change Apple ID button.
So here I am at appleid.apple.com. I’m going to sign in using my demo account here. Great. So now I’m at this demo account. Hopefully, now you’re still not using security questions and you’re using two-factor authentication. I’m only using security questions here because this is a demo account that I use to demonstrate things. Here, you can see, is where you’ve got the ability to do lots of changes like changing your password, changing your security questions, that kind of thing. What we want to find is the ability to change your account. So we’re going to click Edit here. Now we can see we have Change Apple ID. I’ll click on that. This is where I can start the process of entering a new email address to use as my Apple ID.
Now it’s going to go through several more steps and verify. If we go back here to the page it will say that if you enter a new Apple ID that uses iCloud.com, me.com, or mac.com you’ll get a message to confirm. You’re going to have to have had that already added to that account. It explains that all here. But if it’s a third party email account then you’ll get the opportunity to verify. So you’ll get an email there verifying that you want to use this account and everything like that. That way you can’t accidentally mistype the email address and now you’ve changed it to something you don’t have access to. So this is how you do it. Afterward, you sign back in using your new Apple ID.