The Apple ID is something like the identity card of the Apple users. It is used to access the most basic Apple services such as the App Store but also for others such as Apple TV+ or Apple Arcade. It also serves from iOS 13 to securely log in to many websites and apps, but also to be able to synchronize all Apple devices. So its importance is very high and that’s why in this post we teach you the basics to change your Apple ID data.
Change Apple ID email
Apple IDs are usually registered with an email account. You may have created a unique account with domains such as ‘@icloud.com’, ‘@mac.com’, ‘@me.com’, or you may have used an existing account with Gmail, Outlook, or another service. Either way, this email can be changed to another email without affecting our Apple ID.
But before making any changes you must log out of your Apple ID on all devices you are logged in to. If you are going to use one of these devices to make the change, you can keep your session open on that computer.
Now you will have to follow the next steps:
- Open the Apple ID website.
- Enter your login credentials, which will be your current Apple ID and password.
- Click on “Edit” in the Account section at the top right.
- You’ll see your current Apple ID and the “Change Apple ID” option appear, which you should click.
- Enter your new email account or phone number with which you want to access your Apple ID.
You may have noticed that there is a possibility that a phone number serves as an Apple ID . This is possible from 2017 but you must have an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 11 or later , a Mac with High Sierra or later macOS, an Apple Watch with watchOS 4 or later and/or an Apple TV with tvOS 11 or later.
If your new Apple ID is an Apple-associated email, you will see a notice that your new account cannot be changed in the future to a non-Apple account. If you have added a third-party service account, you will receive an email to that account confirming the change.
Once you have done all this you just have to click on “Accept” on the top right and the change of Apple ID will be effective.
Change Apple ID from iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
If you want to change your Apple ID from one of these devices, you should know that, as with the other method, you must sign out of all your associated devices except for the computer you are changing to. To do this you will need your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to have a software version that is iOS 10.3 or later.
The steps to follow are as follows:
- Open the Settings and click on your name.
- Click on “Name, phone numbers, mail”.
- In the part where it says “Locatable in” you will see the “Edit” button, which you must click.
- Delete the Apple ID account you had associated with it.
- Now click on “Add email or phone” and add one of these to serve as your new Apple ID.
- Finally click on “OK”.
Change Password for Apple ID
One of the key factors in your Apple ID is the password that you use to verify that the account is yours, so it’s vital to know it or at least be assured that we can remember it if we’ve written it down somewhere. If you want to change this password, you can do so in two ways.
From the Apple ID website you must follow these steps:
- Sign in with your Apple ID and current password.
- Now go to the Security section and click on “Change Password”.
- Enter your current password and enter your new password to confirm it in the box below.
- Finally, click on “Change the password”.
From a iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 10.3 or later :
- Go to Settings and click on your name.
- Go now to “Password and security” and then to “Change password”.
- Enter the security code you have on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
- Type in the new password twice to verify that they match.
From a Mac with Catalina MacOS or later :
- Go to System Preferences.
- Click on “Apple ID” at the top right.
- On the left side click on “Password and security”.
- Click on “Change password” and enter your old and new password.
The latter method may require you to enter your Mac password at some point in order to perform the process. If your Mac is older than the Catalina Mac version, you will need to follow the steps on the Apple ID website to change your password.