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Apple IDs Can Now Be Switched From a Third-Party Email Address to an Apple Domain

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Apple has made a significant update to the process of changing the email address associated with your Apple ID as starting today, users can change their Apple ID from a third-party email service such as Gmail or Yahoo to an Apple domain.

According to a new support document from Apple, the company has long allowed new customers to sign up for an Apple ID, which is used to authenticate and manage a user’s Apple account across services ranging from iTunes to the online Apple store, using third-party email addresses like those from Google and Yahoo.

Until now, users only had the ability to change their Apple ID email from one third-party email service to another. This means that if you had an Apple ID associated with your Gmail account, you had the ability to change it to Yahoo address and vice versa; what you could not do was to change an email of third-party service to that of Apple’s domain.

However it seems that Apple has decided to change that, as the company is now allowing users to change their third-party email addresses to that of Apple’s own domain. This means that if you have an @icloud.com, @me.com, or @mac.com email address that you would prefer using for Apple ID, you can now make the switch easily.

On the support page, Apple outlines the steps you must take in order to make the switch. The company notes that you must sign out of “every Apple service and device that uses your Apple ID” prior to changing the email address associated with your account. From there, you can follow these steps:

Use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > [your name] > Name, Phone Numbers, Email. 
  2. Next to Reachable At, tap Edit, then delete your current Apple ID.
  3. Tap Continue. Enter the Apple ID that you want to use.
  4. Tap Next.

Use your Apple ID account page

  1. Go to appleid.apple.com and sign in. 
  2. In the Account section, click Edit. 
  3. Under your Apple ID, click Change Apple ID.
  4. Enter the Apple ID that you want to use.
  5. Click Continue. 

If you enter a new Apple ID that ends with @icloud.com, @me.com, or @mac.com, you will see a message to confirm. When you change your Apple ID to an Apple domain, you can’t change it back to a third-party email account, and your former Apple ID that ends with a third-party email becomes an additional email address for your account.

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  • Julien

    Still not working for me… I get this message: “Your Apple ID cannot end in @me.com. Choose a different email address.”

  • rob geo

    how is this going to work for a new id because you have to create your apple id before you can create your apple email account?

  • Nicolas G.

    I’ve found on another site that is not rolled out for everyone right now.

  • jabohn

    Worked for me. I had converted my old AppleID into an iCloud account months ago and I created an iCloud email address. But it wouldn’t let me use that email as the AppleID until now.

  • Nicolas G.

    did you had to be logged out on all your devices ?

  • jabohn

    I didn’t do anything except change the email address for my ID. The email address was already a part of my AppleID, just not the primary email address until today.

    I don’t think you can use an Apple email from another AppleID as it’s technically in use. Maybe that’s what you’re trying to do?

  • Mario Gaucher

    it isn’t working for me neither…
    my appleid login is a @gmail.com address.
    under this appleid login, I have one main @icloud email address and 2 other aliases that I’m already using as my main email account elsewhere. I trying to switch my appleid address to one of my @icloud address… and I’m getting the “you cannot use @icloud address” error message.

  • SOB

    Naaahhh

  • Mario Gaucher

    apparently, you cannot change it to an @icloud.com you have under your account… you have to use the main @icloud.com address registered in your account. I was able to use the main address… every time I tried before, it was with one of my aliases.

  • jabohn

    Yes, this is what I did. I had 2 email addresses, my primary email (third-party) and an iCloud email in my AppleID account. Starting today I could switch the 2 and then get rid of the third-party one.

  • Kirk

    Wait what?? I gotta read more into this. Am I reading this properly? Does this mean I can finally connect my Apple ID email to my App Store Apple ID so I no longer have too different sign ins on my phone/IPad? Must investigate further….if some knows please reply… for years I’ve had two payment methods set up on two Apple IDs because my purchases (apps and iCloud storage) are on two Apple IDs…didn’t make the switch because of my purchases..

  • Justin

    I can’t get to work for the life of me. Any suggestions?

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