How to change your Apple ID on an iPhone

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Change your Apple ID through your iPhone’s settings.
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There is no need for you to have an Apple ID to use an iPhone, but without it you won’t get the most out of your phone. Apple ID is what you use to unlock some of the most cool features of your phone. This will allow you to download free apps from the App Store and Facetime your girl friend in Paris, among other things.

During the initial setup of your iPhone (all Apple devices), you will be asked for your Apple ID. You can always create an Apple ID if you don’t have one at any time.

One Apple ID is enough (other people have more than one). Apple ID is an email address, your email address which you have to use to signup or create an Apple ID with that email address. It can be an Apple email address: @icloud.com, @me.com, or @mac.com. Or your Apple ID can be and email address such as yourname@gmail.com or any third-party email address.

If you quit on using that email address which is also your Apple ID, you have to change your Apple ID as well. Otherwise, you might miss account verification requests or other important information from Apple.

You can change your Apple ID on your Apple devices or on your computer. Here are the steps to change your Apple ID on your iPhone.

Be mindful of these steps before changing your Apple ID

Prior to changing your Apple ID on your iPhone, you need to log out of everywhere you have logged in using that Apple ID. Including your iPad, iPod, Apple TV, and Apple HomePod, among others. Just stay signed in on your iPhone.

After you’ve changed your Apple ID, then you’ll need to log back in on all your devices using your new ID.

If your Apple ID is an Apple email address (@icloud.com, @me.com, or @mac.com), you’ll need to change your Apple ID online at appleid.apple.com. You can only change to other emails that are aliases of your Apple ID email address in your account.

How to change your Apple ID on iPhone

Here are the steps you’ll need to change your Apple ID through your iPhone‘s settings.

  • Tap the Settings icon.
  • Tap your name, which appears near the top of your screen (it should say Apple ID under your name).
  • Choose Name, Phone Numbers, Email.
  • Where it says Reachable At, click the blue Edit button.
  • A red minus sign appears next to your Apple ID. Tap the red minus.
  • A screen will pop up where you can choose Cancel or Continue. Choose Continue.

    Choose Continue. Laura McCamy/Business Insider
  • You’ll get a screen where you can enter an email address. This email address will become your new Apple ID.
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  • Look for a confirmation email at the new email address. You’ll need to verify the email to complete the change in your Apple ID.

If you want to change your Apple ID to an Apple email address (@icloud.com, @me.com, or @mac.com), you won’t be able to change it back to a third-party email address in the future, according to Apple. The third-party email address you used before will appear on your Apple ID account as an additional email.

You can also add or remove phone numbers or email addresses from your account, while you are editing your Apple ID.

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