You must know that you Apple ID is the gateway to all the cloud services of the Cupertino guys: iTunes, Apple Music and iCloud. But what about your real username? This is usually an email address: often it’s an @icloud address, but you may also have signed up with your third-party email account, such as @gmail.com or @hotmail.com. Can we change Apple ID?
If you want to change the email address associated with your Apple ID, you can do so from a web browser. And the truth is that it’s pretty easy. Unfortunately, there are times when changing your Apple ID can cause headaches. Let’s see what can happen!
Sometimes Apple may tell you that the email address you want to use is already an Apple ID, or you may not even be able to change your email address. Before starting, tell you that you can recover your Apple ID, without having to change your email.
Some things you should understand before you start
Your Apple ID is an email address, such as [email protected], but the password is not necessarily the same as the one you have associated with gmail. Your email password may be slightly different than your Apple ID password.
Because your Apple ID is also an email address, you will need access to that email address in order to verify the change. Make sure you know your email account password before making any changes.
When you create a new Apple ID, Apple also creates an @icloud.com email address for you. This email address is linked to your Apple ID and cannot be unlinked or used as a new email address for an Apple ID. (This information is very important in relation to AppleCare).
Apple also suggests that you sign out of your Apple ID from all your devices before changing your email address: this is mainly so that you don’t get caught off guard when your old Apple ID no longer works. You’ll also have to manually sign out of iTunes and the App Store.
How to change the email associated with your Apple ID
If you want to change the email address you use for your Apple ID, and you know your current Apple ID and password, you can change it from any web browser.
- First navigate to appleid.apple.com from a web browser on your iPhone, iPad or Mac.
- Enter your Apple ID and password.
- Click the arrow to log in.
- Verify your identity with the two factor authentication if it is enabled.
- In the Account section, click Edit.
- Now click on Change Apple ID
- Enter the new email address.
- Click or tap Continue. A verification code will be sent to the new email address.
- Open email from Apple.
- Click on the link, to verify email account.
- Enter the verification code at appleid.apple.com.
- Click Verify.
- Click Ready when you’re done.
These are the only steps you would need to change the email address associated with your Apple ID. But problems arise. If you’re having trouble trying to set up a new Apple ID email address, read on.
We don’t see the option to change the email
If the email address associated with your Apple ID is an address of @me.com, @Mac.com or @icloud.com, you can only change your Apple ID to another address of @icloud.com that has already been associated with your account. If you want to change it to a different third-party provider, you have a difficult time because the only option you have in that area is to start over with a new Apple ID. Unfortunately, this means losing all the content you’ve associated with your current Apple ID.
If your email address ends in @icloud.com, @me.com, or @mac.com, you can’t change your Apple ID to a third-party email address. You also won’t see Change Apple ID on your account page or the option to delete your email on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 10.3 or later.
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 (photos, contacts, documents…) to your devices or another cloud-based service. , and then start over with your preferred email account.
Remember, if you do, you will lose all your iTunes purchases, including movies, music, iBooks and apps on all your devices. So make sure it’s worth the loss.
What to do if you entered the wrong email when you created your Apple ID
If you accidentally you used the wrong email address to create your Apple ID, for example you put .com instead of .es, can you correct the error simply by changing the email address associated with your Apple ID.
Follow the steps to change the email address associated with your Apple ID, but use the wrong email address to sign in. Once you’ve changed your email address, you’re right where you need to be to start the change process.
As we’ve seen, you can almost always change the email address associated with your Apple ID. It is true that many users get confused in this process, but as always, I hope this article on how to change the Apple ID for a new email has helped you.
And you, have you had to change the email associated with your Apple ID? Let us know in the comments!