How to Change Your Apple ID (and Why)

I’ve had a somewhat well-documented history with my Apple account as far as security is involved. An incident that took place last year resulted in almost $500 being taken out of my bank accounts, a month of spontaneous account lockouts, and some media attention as the problem I faced with account spoofing turned out to be a bit more common than previously anticipated.

It’s for this reason that I’ve decided to not only change my Apple account’s password, but also the Apple ID used to log in as well. After all, if someone is going to spoof me, let’s not make it as easy as stumbling across my name at

Perhaps you’re reading this because your currently-associated email address will no longer be in use and you’d like to switch everything over to your new address. You may have a username-style Apple ID and just want to change things up. Either way, changing your Apple ID is possible, and it can be done fairly easily.

Here’s how:

  • Go to My Apple ID.
  • Select Manage Your Apple ID on the right side of the page.
  • Sign in using your current Apple ID and password.

Here, you may find one of two situations. If your Apple ID is an email address (most likely for non-developer or legacy .Mac accounts) then you can select Edit next to your email address to change your email associated with your Apple account and ultimately your Apple ID.

If you have a non-email Apple ID which looks more like a standard username then you’ll want to select Edit next to that login name. You can combine the two and make your Apple ID match your email address by using the form at the bottom of the page.

Why You Might Not Want an Apple ID and a Separate Email Address

Chris Pirillo brought an issue to light for me concerning how Apple handled Apple IDs that have a username separate from the email address. You may be able to log in with either your user name or email address, but Apple treats these two logins differently (even though they share the same password). This could be an issue for you as a user down the line should your iTunes and Mac property list grows.

Just to be safe, if you log in using an email address for some things and your existing user name for others, you may want to contact customer service to make sure the merge doesn’t cause an accidental loss of licenses.

Having these combined also makes remembering your Apple ID a bit easier. With dozens (or hundreds) of individual logins being required by just about every site and service we use these days, having two different points of information for one company (Apple) just makes life a little more difficult. Why not combine the two?

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Ryan Matthew Pierson has worked as a broadcaster, writer, and producer for media outlets ranging from local radio stations to internationally syndicated programs. His experience includes every aspect of media production. He has over a decade of experience in terrestrial radio, Internet multimedia, and commercial video production.