How to change the email address associated with your Apple ID

How to change the email address associated with your Apple ID

Your Apple ID is what you use to make purchases in iTunes and to link your iPhone and iPad to your iCloud account. If you buy Apple products online, you also associate those purchases with your Apple ID. If you change email addresses or don't have access to the email currently tied to your Apple ID, you can easily change it.

How to change the email address linked to your Apple ID

  1. Launch Safari on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac and go to
  2. If on an iOS device, tap on Manage Your Apple ID.
  3. If asked, verify your identity after logging in.
  4. Click or tap on Edit in the Apple ID and Primary Email Address section.
  5. Enter your new email address. Remember, the email you use can not be an existing Apple ID.
  6. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap on Save Changes.

That's it! You'll get an email asking you to confirm that you own the email you're attempting to associate. Once you verify, you're all set!

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Allyson Kazmucha

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How to change the email address associated with your Apple ID


ridiculous,you cant use an existing apple id,i wanted to change to my icloud email. sick of yahoo mail!

It's not ridiculous... you can't make an existing apple id an id that already exists.. that wouldn't even make sense.

yes it'd be nice to have a way to "merge" them but with purchases and iTunes licensing issues, i can see why it isn't that easy for apple to just allow

As a casual observer of the thread, I don't understand what "uwatto" is even saying, and your response to it either. Not your fault Allyson, but it would be interesting to know what the heck uwatto is even talking about.

Even the language Apple uses isn't that clear. Are we talking bout changing the email address associated with the ID, the ID itself, or both? The language Apple uses (the "and") suggests the ID and the email are both being changed together or are the same thing (which they usually are, but don't actually have to be). AFAIK you at least used to be able to have an Apple ID that isn't an email at all.

Now that I've written that, I'm even more confused. My Apple ID is an email address which is also my Apple email (presumably my "notification address"). It also uses a domain controlled by Apple ( So why couldn't you change your Apple ID from whatever email you signed up with, to the iCloud email account? Or is that even the question?

I can change my Apple ID from yahoo mail to gmail, but not icloud. I want to stop using yahoo mail because of spam. Maybe ridiculous was the wrong word to use, but it's just inconvenient for me

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I agree. I have a gmail account that is shared with my wife from LONG ago for all iTunes purchases. I'd like to associate all Apple purchases with my iCloud email, but I can't. Family sharing might help a few things. We'll see.

As you probably know, changing one's Apple ID messes up the App Store / iTunes. So you might want to add for readers that after doing what you describe above they will also have to go into "Settings" > "iTunes & App Store" and then change their Apple ID there. One would think it would do that automatically, but it doesn't.

Appreciate the article and pdomara's comment about changing settings .

As I have an apple id which is a name and then had to use an email address when iCloud first became available I would love that Apple could offer a one time amnesty to merge ids.

Please, please, please!! You must let people know they need to turn off find my iPhone (device) and log out of their accounts before changing their Apple ID. I assure you if they do not it will most certain cause issues and calls to Apple Care which can be completely avoided. I speak from first hand knowledge as well as Apple's own support document

Seems easy and I want to do this to get away from gmail but frightened of the potential ramifications that could screw things up very badly. When I was a phone advisor the worst calls were regarding issues related to multiple apple ID's or things getting moved around. Anyone switch and not have tons of pain afterwards?

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You're exactly right, Leighton. It has been a real headache trying to figure out why my Apple ID and password do not work. I have not been able to download any apps or use the Square Trade credit card reader, and if I can't use the apps or the credit card reader, then why would I even want to use an Apple iPhone? I am probably going to go back to the Android, especially considering that Apple charges me money for any technical assistance they offer. I've wasted a ton of my vacation hours on trying to figure out this problem.