Remember a few years ago when an Apple ID was simply just another account? And like every other account, you used some junk email you had from when you were in grade school, like 416AzNg4ng5t3r@hotmail.com (not my actual email, feel free to message them anyways)? Well, that’s what I did, and what do you know, my Apple ID is one of my most important accounts nowadays.
I first got it when I received my first iPod Touch and I wanted to setup an account without any payment information for the apps. I used my old hotmail and since then, it’s collected quite a bit of historic information I’d like to keep moving forward, so I haven’t changed it since. There were days when I was determined to try and figure out how – I wanted to switch it to my main gmail so that it was a little more official and central to my other accounts. I tried figuring out how to create a new account and to then transfer all that information and payment history over, but turns out that’s impossible. But after receiving an invite to an Apple hiring seminar, I finally figured out a much, much, much easier way to do it.
STEPS TO UPDATE YOUR APPLE ID
- Visit appleid.apple.com and select “Manage your Apple ID”
- Type in your current username and password and select “Sign In”
- Under “Apple ID and Primary Email Address”, select “Edit” beside your current email
- Change the current email to whatever email you’d like to use instead, then select “Save”
- Apple will send your new email a verification email, once you receive it, simply select “Verify Now >”
- Now for the more tedious part, since you’ve changed your primary email, which is also used for iCloud, you now have to go into all your devices that used your old email and update it with your new email
The last step is essential – your iCloud will no longer sync if it’s not updated on your iPhone. This means that you won’t have Find My iPhone feature if you have that turned on.
Anyways, that’s it! After several attempts, it turned out I had to be invited to work at Apple before I could figure it out.
Maybe you already knew this, and if you did, thanks for not telling me, jerk. Hope this helps!