iCloud sign out

Your Apple ID is what connects you to all of the content in the Apple ecosystem — your Apple Music, your apps, your audio books, your podcast subscriptions, and everything you store and back up in iCloud. There are, on some occasions, reasons why you might want to sign out of one Apple ID and into another. Whatever your reason, I'm hear to help.

This guide is for switching the Apple ID signed into your iPhone or iPad. If you want to actually change your Apple ID, you should check out our guide to managing your Apple ID.

How to change and manage your Apple ID

If you'd like to switch the Apple ID being used on your iPhone or iPad, read on!

What happens to the content when you switch Apple IDs

Depending on whether you keep content on your iPhone or iPad or erase it, some of your data will stay on your iPhone, even after you switch. For example, contacts, photos, and calendar events that are on your iPhone (and not only in iCloud) will remain. Apps, music, books, and podcast subscriptions will also remain on your iPhone, but updating them will be a problem if you're signed into a different iTunes or App Store account than the one you purchased them on.

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When signing in to a different Apple ID, you'll be able to merge content on your iPhone with the iCloud data associated with the other Apple ID. So, if you signed out of a work Apple ID and want to keep your work contacts on the iPhone, save them to your iPhone and then merge them when you sign in to your personal Apple ID.

Step 1: Sign out of your current Apple ID

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap your Apple ID banner at the top of the screen.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and tap Sign Out.

    Open Sttings, tap Apple ID, Tap Sign Out

  4. Tap Sign out of iCloud if you have different accounts for iCloud and the iTunes and App Stores. Otherwise, proceed to Step 5.
  5. Enter the password associated with your Apple ID.
  6. Tap Turn Off.

    Enter password, tap Turn Off

  7. Turn on the category for any data you want to save on your iPhone. Remember, when you switch accounts, the data on your iPhone will merge with the new Apple ID data.
  8. Tap Sign Out.
  9. Tap Sign out again to confirm that you want to sign out.

    Select data to save to iPhone, tap Sign Out, tap Sign out

Step 2: Sign in with a different Apple ID

Now you can sign in to your iPhone or iPad with a different Apple ID.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap Sign in to your iPhone (or iPad).

    Open Settings, tap Sign in to your iPhone

  3. Tap Email and enter the email address associated with the different Apple ID.
  4. Enter the Password associated with the different Apple ID.
  5. Tap Merge if you want to merge the data on your iPhone with the iCloud account associated with the different Apple ID. Tap Don't Merge if you don't want the content on the iPhone uploaded to iCloud in the different Apple ID's account.

    Sign in with new Apple ID, tap Merge or Don't merge

Step 3: Add a second Apple ID

If you use multiple Apple IDs, such as having one for personal use and the other for work, then you'll be glad to know that you can actually use more than one Apple ID on your device for things like email, contacts, notes, and more. Here's how to add that:

  1. Launch Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Select Passwords and Accounts.
  3. Tap on Add Account.
  4. Pick iCloud from the available options.

    iOS Settings, Passwords and AccountsSettings, Passwords and Accounts, Add AccountSettings, Passwords and Accounts, Add Account, Select iCloud

  5. Type in your Apple ID email, then tap on Next.
  6. Type in your password, then tap on Next.
  7. After verifying your information, select the services that you want to turn on.

On another note, it's highly recommended that you enable two-factor authentication on your Apple ID for an extra layer of security, especially if you use multiple accounts.

How to use one iOS device for multiple 2FA Apple ID accounts

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about switching from one Apple ID to another on your iPhone or iPad? Put them in the comments and I'll help you out.

March 2019: Added steps for adding a second Apple ID to an iOS device.



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