How to Change Your Apple Email ID to a Dif­fer­ent Address

Parth Shah

Have you recently jumped from Android to iOS? If you are new to the iPhone world, you need to create a new Apple ID. You can either go with the iCloud account or use the existing Gmail or Outlook email ID as the Apple account ID. Don’t worry. You can easily change the Apple email ID to a different address later. Here’s how.

Change Apple email ID

Apple allows you to change the default Apple account email ID. Here are a couple of reasons why you might want to change it.

Why You Need to Change Apple Email ID

You can use iCloud email ID and later, you may want to change it to your primary email ID from Gmail or Outlook.

Also, have you ever checked the iCloud web portal? It looks outdated compared to the rivals out there. Another reason can be when you stop using iCloud ID and want all the Apple emails and purchase receipts from iCloud to Gmail or Outlook.

Change Apple Email ID

Unfortunately, there is no way to change Apple email ID from iPhone or iPad. You need to rely on an Apple account on the web to make changes. Follow the steps below to change Apple email ID.

Step 1: Visit your Apple account on the web.

Step 2: Sign in using your Apple account credentials.

Sign in apple account

Step 3: Apple may ask for a two-factor authentication code from iPhone.

Two factor authentication in apple id

Step 4: From your account page, click on the Edit button on the right side.

Edit apple ID

Step 5: Click on Change Apple ID from the following menu.

Step 6: Enter a new email address that you want to use as Apple ID.

Change apple ID

Step 7: Click continue, and you are good to go with your new Apple email ID.

Step 8: If you change your Apple ID to a third-party email address, check your email for a verification code, then enter the code.

Now that you have changed the Apple email ID to another address, you need to make sure that users can reach you on iMessage and FaceTime via the new Apple ID.

Make Changes in iMessage

Apple offers multiple ways such as the mobile number and Apple ID for anyone to reach you on iMessage. You need to make relevant adjustments from the Settings menu to make the new Apple email ID the default one.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on iPhone.

Step 2: Scroll down to Messages.

Open messages

Step 3: Open Send & Receive menu.

Step 4: iMessage will display the new Apple ID at the bottom.

Open send and receive menu
Change i Message reach

Make sure to select the new Apple ID from the You Can Receive iMessages to and reply from menu.

From now on, anyone can reach you via the new Apple email ID in iMessage.

Make Change in FaceTime

Similar to iMessage, you need to make changes from FaceTime as well. By default, FaceTime uses your mobile number to let anyone call you on the platform.

Step 1: Open the iPhone Settings app.

Step 2: Scroll down to FaceTime.

Step 3: For some users, FaceTime may ask you to authenticate again.

Open facetime menu
Facetime reach contact

Step 4: Sign in using your new Apple ID and password and you will see them appearing in the menu.

Step 5: Select a new Apple ID and now anyone can FaceTime you via the new Apple ID.

You have successfully changed your Apple ID email address and made required tweaks from the iMessage and FaceTime menu as well. There can be certain scenarios when you can’t change your Apple email ID from the web. Let’s discuss them.

If You Can’t Change Your Apple ID

Under certain circumstances, Apple may not allow you to change your Apple email ID.

  • If you try to change your Apple ID to an @icloud.com email address that was created within the last 30 days, you will be asked to try again later. Basically, you need to wait for 30 days and then try again.
  • If your new Apple email ID is already in use by other family members, then Apple won’t allow you to use the same email ID with your account. You need to remove that email address from your family member’s account and try again.
  • In some regions, you can use your phone number as Apple ID. But if your Apple ID already has an email address, you can change it to a mobile number.

Change Your Apple Email ID

You can easily change your Apple ID to a different email address. Make changes from the web, and don’t forget to make adjustments from iMessage and FaceTime as well.


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Parth Shah

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Parth Shah

Parth previously worked at EOTO.tech covering tech news. He is currently freelancing at Guiding Tech writing about apps comparison, tutorials, software tips and tricks and diving deep into iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.