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How to change your iCloud email address

The email address associated with your iCloud account is also linked to your Apple ID account. Whether or not you can change it depends on the email address itself. In other words, if you want to change your iCloud email, you’ll need to change the email address associated with your Apple ID.

In this article, we will show you how to change your iCloud email address through your Apple ID. Plus, you’ll learn how to change your secondary iCloud email address.

How to change your iCloud email address with Apple ID

There are many reasons why you might want to change your iCloud email address. Maybe you have multiple email addresses and you want to connect all of them to your iCloud account. Maybe you created a new business email account and want to link it to your iCloud account. Likewise, if you’ve been using the same email address since high school and it has a strange name, it’s wise to change it to something more professional.

Before explaining how to change your iCloud email address, it’s important to mention that your iCloud account and your Apple ID account use the same email address. This is also known as your primary email address. This email address not only allows you to access your iCloud account, but also other apps on your Apple devices, such as the App Store, iMessage, Apple Music, or Facetime.

With so much reliance on a single email address, is it possible to change your iCloud email? Well, it depends on the email address. If the email address associated with your iCloud account and linked to your Apple ID ends with “@icloud.com,” it can’t be changed. However, if it ends with “@gmail.com”, “@yahoo.com”, or anything else, you have the option to change it if you wish.

Keep in mind that while you can’t change your primary email, you can change your secondary iCloud email address, which we’ll cover later.

How to change your iCloud email address with Apple ID on an iPhone

If you have the option to change your primary email, the good news is that you can do it right in your iPhone settings. The whole process takes only a few minutes. Follow the steps below to see how to change your iCloud email address with Apple ID on your iPhone:

  1. Open your Settings on your home page.
  2. Go to your Apple ID at the top of the menu.
  3. Go to the “Name, phone numbers, email” tab.
  4. Select “Edit” next to your Apple ID.
  5. Tap the red Apple ID button.
  6. Go to the “Delete” button. Your iPhone will prompt you to add a new email address for your Apple ID.
  7. Choose “Continue” in the pop-up window.
  8. Enter your new Apple ID email address.
  9. Select “Next”.

After doing this, the automated system will send a verification code to the email address you entered. Once you verify your new Apple ID email address, you will receive a notification that says “Your Apple ID has been updated” on your phone. The next time you sign in to your iCloud account, use the new Apple ID you just added. You will not be prompted to make any changes to your iCloud account, it will update automatically.

Many iCloud users don’t know that they can change their email address this way. They wrongly assume that deleting your old Apple ID will clear iCloud storage from all your devices. To change an Apple ID, you must delete the old one. However, this will not interfere with the files and data stored on your iCloud. The only thing that will be removed is the iCloud account settings.

How to Change Your iCloud Email Address with Apple ID on PC

If you don’t have access to your phone right now, you can also change your Apple ID on your computer. Here’s how you can change your primary iCloud email with your Apple ID on your Mac or Windows:

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Go to your Apple ID account page.
  3. Sign in to your account with your current Apple ID email address.
  4. Click the “Login & Security” tab on the left side panel.
  5. Choose the “Apple ID” box.
  6. Go to the “Change your Apple ID” field in the new window.
  7. Type in your new Apple ID.
  8. Save the changes.

Once you’ve changed your email address, open your email in a new window and confirm the verification email. If you didn’t receive the email, you have the option to resend it from your Apple ID account. After you change the email linked to your Apple ID, you will be signed out of your iCloud. Don’t forget to go back to your iCloud account and sign in with your new Apple ID.

If you used your Apple ID to sign in to apps on your iPhone, you’ll also be signed out of those apps automatically. Make sure you sign back in to all apps with your new Apple ID.

If you get a message that the email address you want to use for your iCloud account isn’t available, it might be linked to a different Apple ID. If that’s the case, you’ll need to remove the email address from the other Apple ID before linking it to yours.

How to Add a Secondary iCloud Email Address

As mentioned above, you may not be allowed to change your primary iCloud email address. For example, if you created your iCloud account more than 30 days ago, you won’t be able to change your Apple ID email address. Apple imposes certain limitations on changing email addresses, and sometimes you will only receive a message to try again later.

In cases like these, the only thing you can do is add a secondary email to your Apple ID account. Up to three email addresses can be linked to your Apple ID account. While the primary iCloud address can’t be changed, the second and third emails can. This is how you do it:

  1. Go to your iCloud account in your browser.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. Click the “Manage” button under your Apple ID.
  4. Navigate to the “Account” section.
  5. Select the “Edit” option on the right side of the screen.
  6. Go to the “Contactable at” section and choose “Add more”.
  7. Click the “Email Address” option.
  8. Enter your secondary email address in the box.
  9. Choose the “Continue” button.

Once again, you will need to verify the new email address, even if it is a secondary email. That’s all about it. You have successfully added a new email address to your iCloud account.

Manage your iCloud email addresses

Changing your iCloud email address can be a bit confusing, whether it’s the primary or secondary email address. As long as your primary iCloud address doesn’t end in “@icloud.com”, Apple allows you to change it. You can change your iCloud email address with your Apple ID, either on your iPhone or in a desktop browser.

Have you ever tried to change your iCloud email address before? What method did you use to do it? Tell us in the comments section below.

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