How to Change Your Apple ID?
It may be that Apple ID that you created months or even years ago to use an email address that you gave up and never want to hear about it (possibly e-childhood mail containing various combinations to which today you may feel slightly embarrassed and that certainly cannot be used at work). In this case, you may want to create an Apple ID to access other Apple services. Well, here comes a problem; shopping. Creating a new Apple ID, you will not be able to transfer all apps, books, music, subscriptions and more on the new account, so that you will lose significant amounts of money if you want to install it again on your devices.
A better solution is to change the Apple ID. This change requires changing only the e-mail ID corresponding to a different address which you still use to connect to your Apple account. Even if the old Apple ID, so the old e-mail address, will not go out of your life completely, being kept as required alternate email address, you will not be forced to use it to access Apple products and services.
Before changing your ID:
- Disconnect yourself from all the Apple services and features used with the current Apple ID. These include stores disconnecting from App Store, iTunes Store and iBook Store, the iCloud service, iMessage, FaceTime and more. Switching should be done on all the connected devices using the Apple ID.
- Make sure that the email address you want to use for your Apple ID meets the following conditions:
- It isn’t associated with a different Apple ID
- There isn’t an iCloud email address, which is already an Apple ID. ICloud email addresses are ending in @icloud.com, @mac.com and @me.com.
- E-mail that you have chosen is one that you use regularly, so you will not forget and you will be able to access and receive data on different Apple ID.
To change the Apple ID:
- Access the My Apple ID (appleid.apple.com).
- Click on Manage your Apple ID and connect to your Apple account using the actual login ID and password.
- If you have two step verification enabled, then you will be asked to send a verification code to the trusted device associated to the Apple ID. Enter the message you received in your device in the text box, then move to the next step.
- In Name, ID and Email Adresses menu, Apple ID and Primary Email Adress section, click Edit.
- Enter the e-mail address you wish to use and then click Save Changes. Apple will send a verification email to the introduced email address.
- Open the email you received from Apple and click on Verify Now.
- This will again open the page My Apple ID. Connect to your account using the new email address also used as Apple ID and its corresponding password (same password as the one used with the old Apple ID).
- If you have enabled two-step verification, you will be asked again to send a verification code to trusted device associated to your Apple ID.
After you see the message that indicates the completion of the new e-mail verification process, you can log back into your Apple account on all company’s stores and services using the new Apple ID and password.
Unfortunately, if you have enabled the email in iCloud using old Apple ID, it will remain unchanged and there will be no way to change it.