Change your Apple ID

How to change your Apple ID through your iTunes Store account

How to change your Apple ID and email address
Click or tap on the Verify email address link in the email. If your email address ends with icloud. Skip to main content. You can't change your email address from Settings on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You can ask Apple to reset the password for the Apple ID associated with it. If you need help changing your Apple ID or signing in with the correct account, follow these steps.

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Change your iTunes email address (iTunes Store Apple ID)

You shouldn't have, but some people do. Because your Apple ID is also an email address, you'll need access to said email address for the purposes of verifying the change. Make sure you know your email account's password before you make any changes. When you create a new Apple ID, Apple also creates an icloud. This email address is linked to your Apple ID and can't be unlinked or used as a new email address for a different Apple ID without some major AppleCare hassle.

Apple also suggests that you sign out of your Apple ID from all your devices before changing your email address: This is mostly so you won't be caught off guard when your old Apple ID no longer works. You will also have to manually sign out of iTunes and the App Store. If you want to change the email address that you use for your Apple ID, and you know your current Apple ID and password, you can change it from any web browser. In a perfect world, these are the only steps you'd need to change the email address associated with your Apple ID.

If you find yourself coming across issues trying to set a new Apple ID email address, read on. If you see a warning that the email address you are trying to change to is already being used, it's because another Apple ID is already attached to this account. Even if you don't remember creating an account with it or create it yourself, it's already being used.

Now, let's fix it. In order to get rid of the Apple ID that's currently bogarting the email address you want to use, you'll have to be able to access it. You can ask Apple to reset the password for the Apple ID associated with it.

Now you know the password for the Apple ID that you don't remember creating and don't want to use anyway, so you can access it to make changes to it. Everything you did in Step 1 was so you can disassociate that email address from the inactive Apple ID.

Now that you have access to it, you can change the email address associated with it to something you don't care about. This is where you can use an old email address or a brand new one that you've just created for the sole purposes of using it for the inactive Apple ID.

Follow the steps for changing the email address associated with your Apple ID and use the Apple ID email address and password from Step 1 above. Change the email associated with that account to the throw-away email address. Now that the email address you want to use for your active Apple ID is freed up, you can make the changes.

Follow the steps for changing the email address associated with your Apple ID. This time, when you enter the new email address , you'll actually be able to use the one you want. If the email address associated with your Apple ID is an me. If you want to change it to a different third-party provider, you're out of luck: The only option you have in that arena is to start over with a brand new Apple ID.

Unfortunately, this means losing all the content you have associated with your current Apple ID. If your email address ends with icloud. If you fall into this camp and want to use a new third-party email address as your Apple ID, you might think about downloading as much content as possible onto your devices or into another cloud-based service like photos, contacts, iCloud Drive documents, content not purchased on iTunes, etc.

If you do that, you'll lose all of your iTunes purchases, including movies, music, iBooks, and apps across all of your devices. So, make sure it's worth the loss. If you accidentally used the incorrect email address to create an Apple ID for example, you used. Follow the steps for changing the email address associated with your Apple ID but use the incorrect email address to sign in.

Once you've changed the email address, you'll be right as rain. Do you have any more questions about changing the email address associated with your Apple ID? You can always check out Apple's knowledge base document on the subject , post them in the comments below, or visit our iMore forums.

If you're having a particular issue, our reader community can probably help you out. Added information from Apple's Support Document. Lory is a renaissance woman, writing news, reviews, and how-to guides for iMore. She also fancies herself a bit of a rock star in her town and spends too much time reading comic books. If she's not typing away at her keyboard, you can probably find her at Disneyland or watching Star Wars or both.

Skip to main content. What's my iPhone worth? Forums Shop Toggle Search. A few things to understand before you start How to change the email address associated with your Apple ID What to do if your email address is already being used with an Apple ID What to do if you don't see the option to change your email address What to do if you entered the wrong email address when you created an Apple ID.

When you change your Apple ID, you can enter another third-party email address. Or you can enter an icloud. If you change your Apple ID to another third-party email address, you need to verify your account. After you enter the email address that you want to use as your Apple ID, a verification code is sent to you at that address. Enter the verification code from the email into the fields provided and start using your updated Apple ID.

Didn't get the email? Sign back in to all Apple services with your new Apple ID. If you need help changing your Apple ID or signing in with the correct account, follow these steps.

If your email address ends with icloud. Then you can change your Apple ID to the correct email address. If you already have an Apple ID that's an email address, you can't change it to a phone number.

And you can't change a phone number Apple ID to an email address. If your Apple ID ends with icloud. Use these steps on your Apple ID account page.

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