You can now change the email address used as your Apple ID from third party emails to an @icloud email address, if you so desire. This means if your current Apple ID email login is something like “[email protected]” you can change it to an Apple domain like @icloud.com. Note this is completely different from changing the Apple ID used on an iOS device, because the intention here is keeping the same account data but simply changing the login email, rather than using a completely different and unique account.
But there’s an important catch: this is a one way street and you can’t change the email address back to a third party email address after you switch it to an Apple domain.
Whether or not you want to change your Apple ID from a third party email service like Yahoo.com, Gmail.com, Hotmail.com, Outlook.com, or otherwise, over to an iCloud.com, me.com, or @mac.com account, is entirely up to you. But be aware this will be a bit of a hassle if you have multiple devices using the same Apple ID.
Unless you have a strongly compelling reason to do so, it’s probably better not to bother with any of this process as it could certainly introduce headaches with other devices that are using the same Apple ID, amongst other potential issues like forgetting an Apple ID or password. But, despite the potential hiccups and troubles, some users will want to know how to get this done, and thus we’ll share the steps that Apple outlines to accomplish the task.
How to Change an Apple ID from Third Party to iCloud.com Apple Domain
Do not take this process lightly, as it is a one way street and can not be undone. Be absolutely certain you want to proceed and permanently change an Apple ID email address before going any further.
We’re going to assume you already have a @icloud.com, @mac.com, or @me.com email account from Apple, and that will become your new Apple ID login. If not, create an iCloud email address before going any further.
- Log out of ALL devices using the current Apple ID – every Mac, iPhone, iPad, etc
- Go to the Apple ID management website https://appleid.apple.com/ and sign in to your Apple ID
- Under the “Account” section choose “Edit”
- Look under your Apple ID at the top of the screen and then click “Change Apple ID”
- Enter the new Apple ID (@icloud.com or otherwise) you want to use and click Continue
You will then need to log back into every single iOS device, Mac, and Windows PC that is using the Apple ID, using the new Apple ID email address you just set.
The process of changing an Apple ID from a third party email address to an Apple email address is essentially the process of changing the email address that is linked to an Apple ID, except that going to an Apple email can not be undone.
According to Apple you can also change the Apple ID Email address from an iOS device:
Changing Apple ID Email from an iPhone or iPad
Log out of all other iOS devices before beginning:
- Open Settings in iOS and tap on your name, then tap on “Name Phone Numbers, Email” and login
- Tap “Reachable At” and then tap “Edit” then delete the current Apple ID
- Next add the Apple ID you want to use
Again, you will need to log out and back into every single iOS device or Mac using the same Apple ID with the new Apple ID email account, just as if you were changing the Apple ID used on a particular iOS device or computer.
If this sounds like a hassle, well it can be one, which is why it’s not recommended to do just for fun.
Again, this is a one way street, which is another reason this should not be taken casually. As for the prior email address in use with the Apple ID, Apple says the following:
When you change your Apple ID to an @icloud.com, @me.com, or @mac.com account, you can’t change it back to a third-party email account. Your former Apple ID that ends with a third-party email, becomes an additional email address for your Apple ID account.
Perhaps the most worthwhile use of this is if you have an Apple ID setup with a work email account, or a domain or some other email service you no longer want to use. For example if the only reason you continue to you use a particular yahoo.com email address is for an Apple ID login, then that might be a valid use case.