Your iCloud account and Apple ID are linked to the same email address. Therefore, it depends on the email address and whether or not you can change it. If you want to modify your iCloud email, you must change the email address linked to your Apple ID.
In this post, we’ll show you how to use your Apple ID to change your iCloud email address. You’ll also learn how to change your second email address in iCloud.
How to Change Your iCloud Email Address With Apple ID
You should change your iCloud email address for several reasons. First, you might have multiple email addresses and want to link them all to your iCloud account. You might have started a new business email account and want to connect it to your iCloud account. If you have employed the same email address with a strange name since high school, changing it to something more professional is also a good idea.
Before we tell you how to change your iCloud email address, it’s important to know that both your iCloud account and Apple ID account use the same email address. Therefore, it’s also called your primary email address. This email address gives you access to your iCloud account and other apps on your Apple devices, like the App Store, Apple Music, iMessage, and Facetime.
Is changing your iCloud email address even possible with so much riding on one email address? Well, that depends on the email address. For example, if the email address linked to your Apple ID and your iCloud account ends in “@icloud.com,” it can’t be changed. However, you can change it if it ends in “@gmail.com,” “@yahoo.com,” or anything else.
You can’t change your primary iCloud email address, but you can change your secondary one, which we’ll discuss later.
How to Change Your iCloud Email Address With Apple ID on an iPhone
You can do it right in your iPhone’s settings if you can change your primary email. It only takes a rare minute to do everything. Follow these steps to change your iCloud email address on your iPhone using your Apple ID:
- On your home page, click “Settings.”
- Go to the menu’s top and click “Apple ID.”
- Go to the “Name, Phone Numbers, and Email” tab.
- Choose “Edit” with your Apple ID.
- Tap the red button that says “Apple ID.”
- Next, find the “Delete” button. Your iPhone will tell you to give your Apple ID a new email address.
- Choose “Continue” in the window that pops up.
- Enter your new email address for your Apple ID.
- Choose “Next.”
After you do this, the system will send a proof code to your email address. Your phone will display the message “Your Apple ID has been updated” after you verify your new Apple ID email address. Use the new Apple ID you just added the next moment you sign in to your iCloud account. You won’t have to change your iCloud account because it will update itself.
Many people who use iCloud need to learn that this is how they can change their email addresses. They think that if they delete their old Apple ID, the iCloud storage on all their devices will also be deleted. To change an Apple ID, you need to delete the old one. But this won’t affect the files and info you have stored on iCloud. The only thing that will be lost is the settings for the iCloud account.
How to Change Your iCloud Email Address With Apple ID on a PC
You can also adjust your Apple ID on your computer if you can’t access your phone right now. Here’s how to use your Apple ID on a Mac or Windows computer to change your primary iCloud email:
- Start your web browser.
- Go to the page for your Apple ID account.
- Use your Apple ID email address to sign in to your account.
- Connect on the “Sign-in and Security” tab on the left side of the page.
- Next, select the “Apple ID” box.
- Go to the field that says “Change Your Apple ID” in the new window.
- Type in the new Apple ID you made.
- Remember to save the changes.
Once you’ve changed your email address, empty your email in a new window and click the link in the proof email. If you didn’t get the email, your Apple ID account allows you to send it again. After you change the email address connected to your Apple ID, you will be signed out of iCloud. When you return, remember to sign in to your iCloud account with your new Apple ID.
If you signed in to apps on your iPhone with your Apple ID, you will also be signed out of those apps. So sign back into all your apps with your new Apple ID.
If you get a message saying the email address you want to utilize for your iCloud account isn’t available, it may be linked to another Apple ID. If so, you must remove the email address from the other Apple ID before linking it to yours.
How to Add a Secondary iCloud Email Address
As we’ve already said, you might need help to change your primary iCloud email address. For example, you can only change your Apple ID email address if you created your iCloud account 30 days ago. In addition, apple has some rules about changing your email address, and sometimes you’ll get a message telling you to try again later.
In these situations, you can only add a second email to your Apple ID account. Your Apple ID account can be linked to up to three email addresses. The primary iCloud address can’t be changed, but the second and third emails can. Here’s what you do:
- Use your computer to go to your iCloud account.
- Use your Apple ID to sign in.
- Under your Apple ID, click the “Manage” button.
- Next, go to the “Account” section.
- Choose “Edit” from the list of options on the right side of the screen.
- Go to the “Contactable at” section and choose “Add more.”
- Click the “Email Address” option.
- In the box, type your second email address.
- Click the “Continue” button.
Again, you must verify the new email address, even though it’s a secondary email. But that’s the end of the story. Your new email address has been added to your iCloud account.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to some more questions about your Apple ID.
What can I do if I forget my Apple ID email?
If you forgot which email address you used for your Apple ID, you should first review any other Apple accounts to see if the email address is there. Then, go to the App Store, another device, iTunes, or something else. If you’re still logged in, you should be able to find your Apple ID email address quickly.
Searching your email accounts for Apple message attachments is another method. For instance, if you have Gmail and Yahoo accounts, use the search bar and type “Apple.” Your Apple ID email address will get emails from the company.
You can also check your Google account to see if you’ve already signed in. Go to your best web browser, open the Apple website, and check if your email address is already filled in. Suppose it doesn’t; check the Saved Logins page of your computer. Ensure you’re signed in to the account you usually use with that browser.
If none of these ways work, try logging in to your Apple account with each of your email addresses. You should have access right away if you remember the password. Then, connect the “Forgot Password” link and follow the instructions if you can’t remember your password. If you don’t get the email to change your password, the address you gave isn’t right.
Can I change my Apple ID phone number?
Yes! Most people can, at least. To add a new phone number, follow the same steps as above. If you are still looking for the option to change your phone number, it’s likely because you live in a different region. You can only change your Apple ID if you live in a region that allows Apple ID changes.
Manage Your iCloud Email Addresses
Changing your iCloud email address, whether it’s your primary or secondary email address, can be confusing. As long as your immediate iCloud address doesn’t end in “@icloud.com,” Apple lets you change it. You can utilize your Apple ID on your iPhone or a desktop computer to change your iCloud email address.
Have you ever tried to change the email address you use with iCloud? What process did you use to do it? Tell us in the section below for comments.