If you get a new email address or no longer have access to an old one, updating your Apple ID is important for protecting your account. Here’s how to update your Apple ID.
Changing the email address you use as your Apple ID isn’t difficult under the right circumstances. If your Apple ID is a third-party email address, such as gmail.com or outlook.com, you can choose another third-party address when changing your Apple ID. But if your Apple ID is an Apple email address, like icloud.com, you’re unlikely to be able to change your Apple ID at all. We’ll cover that scenario in more detail below.
Changing Your Apple ID
To get started, head to appleid.apple.com and sign in.
Next, click “Edit” in the “Account” section of the page.
Under your Apple ID, click “Change Apple ID.”
Type the email address you want to use as your new Apple ID, and then click “Continue.”
You might see a list of the Apple email addresses associated with your Apple ID if it’s an icloud.com, me.com, or mac.com address. Select the address you want to use and click “Continue” if that’s the case. If not, read on.
Changing Your Apple ID When It’s an Apple Email Address
If your Apple ID is an Apple email address ending in cloud.com, me.com, or mac.com, Apple’s support documentation says you can choose one of your aliases to become your new Apple ID. As mentioned earlier, if you have an Apple ID that uses an Apple email address, you can’t change it to an address provided by a third party, like Gmail or Outlook. If you don’t have any additional Apple email addresses associated with your account, you won’t be able to change your Apple ID at all.
However, during our testing, we found it impossible to change the Apple ID or associate an alias with it. Creating an email alias doesn’t allow it to be used as an Apple ID. So, your only option is to create an entirely new iCloud email address and set up a new Apple ID, effectively starting over from scratch.
We reached out to Apple for clarification but received no satisfactory response. We’ll update this guide should this change in the future. In the meantime, we recommend contacting Apple Support if you need to change an existing Apple ID associated with an Apple email address.