How to Change Apple ID on iPhone/iPad/iPod

If you want to change the current Apple ID being used on your iOS devices, you can do it pretty easily thanks to Apple allowing you to do it right on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices. You will learn the steps to do so in the following guide.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Apr. 29, 2020

When you set up your iOS-based device for the first time, you are asked to sign-in with an Apple ID. That Apple ID then becomes the identity tied to your iOS device and it is what allows you to access many of the services offered by Apple.

Sometimes, though, you may want to change the Apple ID on your iPhone or any other device for various reasons. Maybe you are gifting your iPhone to someone and you want to change the Apple ID being used on the device to theirs. Or you are letting someone use your device for a few days and you do not want them to access your Apple ID contents.

Change Apple ID on your device

Change Apple ID on your device

Regardless of why you want to change the Apple ID on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod, it is pretty easy to change the Apple ID associated with your iOS-based device. The option to change the ID is available on your devices and you do not need any extra equipment to do the task. The following shows how you can do it.

How to Change Apple ID on iPhone/iPad/iPod in iOS 10.3 or Later

If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod runs iOS 10.3 or later, the steps in this section will help you change the Apple ID associated with your device. There really are not many steps to follow and you should have changed your current ID to a new one in no time.

Here are the instructions for you to change the Apple ID on your device:

Step 1. Launch the Settings app from the springboard on your iPhone or iPad. When it opens, tap on your name at the top. Then, tap on Name, Phone Numbers, Email on the following screen.

Access the Apple ID section on your iOS device

Access the Apple ID section on your iOS device

Step 2. In the Contactable At section on the following screen, tap on Edit and tap on the delete icon next to your Apple ID. It will remove the current Apple ID on your device.

Remove the existing Apple ID from your device

Remove the existing Apple ID from your device

Step 3. Follow the on-screen instructions and you will be able to associate a different Apple ID with your device.

Changing the Apple ID on iOS 10.3 or later is pretty much the play of the settings app and you are all set. The above steps should work for changing Apple ID on your iPod as well so feel free to use these steps on your iPod.

Change Apple ID That Ends with @icloud.com /@me.com /@mac.com

If your Apple ID contains @icloud.com, @me.com, or @mac.com, you will need to use Apple’s account webpage to change your Apple ID to something else. It is free to do so and you can use any of the web browsers available on your device to do the task.

The following are the steps on how to do it:

Step 1. Open a web browser on your computer and head over to the Apple ID website. Log in with your Apple account.

Sign-in to your Apple ID on the Apple website

Sign in to your Apple ID on the Apple website

Step 2. When you are logged in, you will be on your account page. In the Account section, click on the option that says Edit to change your Apple ID.

Edit account details on the Apple website

Edit account details on the Apple website

Step 3. Click on Change Apple ID on the following screen and choose an email alias that you would like to change your current Apple ID to. Click on Continue when you are done.

You are all set. The new ID you chose on the Apple website is now your Apple ID to be used on all of your Apple devices.

Change Phone Number Apple ID

If your Apple ID happens to be a phone number and that is what you used when you first created an account to use Apple services, you can change the phone number to a new one and that should change your Apple ID as well.

Step 1. Head over to the Apple ID website and log-in to your account. Click on Edit in the Account section on the following page.

Step 2. Click on Change Apple ID and enter the phone number you want to change your Apple ID to.

Change a phone number Apple ID

Change a phone number Apple ID

You will receive a verification code on your phone number that you need to enter on the Apple website to confirm your phone number. Once that is done, your Apple ID is changed.

The Bottom Line

Changing the Apple ID on your iOS-based device is important when you are giving away your device to someone. There are multiple ways to do the task as shown in the above guide. We hope it helps you change the ID on your device without any hassle. If you still have questions about this issue after reading this post, any thoughts and comments are welcomed.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.