How to switch Apple ID

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The Apple ID linked to your iPhone or iPad is the most important element to a functioning device. Your Apple ID allows you to download apps from the App Store, use iCloud, and even some of the best features Apple has to offer like Universal Clipboard.

Sometimes you need to switch Apple ID or add a second Apple ID if you use your iPhone for both personal use and work. This handy guide will teach you everything you need to know on how to Apple IDs.

If you are looking for how to change your Apple ID entirely, we have a separate guide. If you want separate Apple IDs for business purposes, check out how to use eSIM on your iPhone to move between two phone numbers.

What you'll need

To switch Apple ID you'll need an iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Here are the best models currently available:

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What happens when you switch Apple IDs

Whether you keep or erase content on your iPhone or iPad, some of your data will stay on your devices even after switching Apple IDs. For example, contacts, photos, and calendar events (not only in iCloud) will remain.

Apps, music, books, and podcast subscriptions will stick around, but updating them will be a problem if you sign in to a different iTunes or App Store account than the one you purchased the content from.

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

How to sign out of your Apple ID

How to sign out of your Apple ID

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  1. Launch Settings 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
  4. Tap Sign out of iCloud if you have different accounts for iCloud, iTunes, and App Store. Otherwise, proceed to Step 5
  5. Enter the password associated with your Apple ID
  6. Tap Turn Off for Find My iPhone
  7. Tap to turn on the category for any data you want to save locally on your iPhone. Remember, when you switch accounts, the information 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

How to sign in with a different Apple ID

After signing out of your current Apple ID, 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)

Sign in with a different Apple ID on iPhone by showing steps: Launch Settings, tap Sign In with Apple ID at the top (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap Email and enter the email address associated with the different Apple ID
  2. Enter the Password associated with the different Apple ID
  3. 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 a different Apple ID account

Sign in with a different Apple ID on iPhone by showing steps: Input Apple ID email, input Apple ID password, tap Merge or Don't Merge for your localized data (Image credit: iMore)

How to add a second Apple ID

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

  1. Launch Settings
  2. Scroll down and tap one of the following: Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, or Reminders
  3. Tap Accounts

Add a second Apple ID to your iPhone by showing steps: Launch Settings, tap one of the following: Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, or Reminders, then tap Accounts (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap Add Account
  2. Tap iCloud
  3. Type in your Apple ID email, then tap Next
  4. Type in your password, then tap Next
  5. After verifying your info, tap the services that you want to turn on

Add a second Apple ID to your iPhone by showing steps: Tap Add Account, tap iCloud, enter your credentials (Image credit: iMore)

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

Switch Apple ID on iPhone to change things up or start fresh

If you've just purchased an iPhone 15 Pro, the best iPhone on the market, you want to have your Apple ID situation under full control. By getting everything set up correctly, you prevent any issues down the line related to your Apple accounts.

Like most people, I've had my Apple ID for a very long time and have far too much information linked to it to ever even contemplate creating a new one. Luckily, if you do need to create a new Apple ID we've got a guide for that too!

Switching Apple IDs on iPhone and iPad is pretty straightforward as long as you know how to do it. Luckily, now you do.

John-Anthony Disotto
How To Editor

John-Anthony Disotto is the How To Editor of iMore, ensuring you can get the most from your Apple products and helping fix things when your technology isn’t behaving itself. Living in Scotland, where he worked for Apple as a technician focused on iOS and iPhone repairs at the Genius Bar, John-Anthony has used the Apple ecosystem for over a decade and prides himself in his ability to complete his Apple Watch activity rings. John-Anthony has previously worked in editorial for collectable TCG websites and graduated from The University of Strathclyde where he won the Scottish Student Journalism Award for Website of the Year as Editor-in-Chief of his university paper. He is also an avid film geek, having previously written film reviews and received the Edinburgh International Film Festival Student Critics award in 2019.  John-Anthony also loves to tinker with other non-Apple technology and enjoys playing around with game emulation and Linux on his Steam Deck.

In his spare time, John-Anthony can be found watching any sport under the sun from football to darts, taking the term “Lego house” far too literally as he runs out of space to display any more plastic bricks, or chilling on the couch with his French Bulldog, Kermit.