Your Apple ID is like a master key to use all the Apple services such as Drive, iTunes, App Store, Mail, iMessage, etc. Apple ID is where all you important account details such as contact, security questions are stored. Your Apple ID is an e-mail address that is connected to your Apple account. Your Apple id can be any e-mail (Yahoo, Gmai, Hotmail, etc).
You can change your Apple ID email address if you want to. If your current Apple ID email is firstname.lastname@example.org, then you can change it to email@example.com. We will be discussing how to do so with detailed steps.
How To Change Apple ID Email Address
- From a web browser such as Google Chrome, Safari, etc, go to the web address appleid.apple.com.
- In the login section, enter your current Apple ID and Password in their respective fields.
- Then click on the arrow button or just press Enter key on your keyboard to login.
- Now to make the changes, click on the Edit option on the right side. Then click on Edit Email Address… link.
- In an empty field, enter a new email address to be used as your Apple ID. Click Continue. For this, I would like to switch my yahoo account to my gmail account.
- Answer your security questions that you set during sign up process to verify your identity.
- An e-mail will be sent to your new email account inbox with a verification code. Sign in to that email and look for the e-mail from Apple.
- Copy the verification code and paste it. Click Continue to change Apple id email.
- Congratulations! your Apple ID has been successfully changed. You can also change your name , date of birth, password if you want to from this same page.
Why So Many Steps To Change Apple ID Email Address ?
You might be wondering why are there so many steps to change your apple id email. This is all for the sake for your account safety.
During Apple ID Sign up process, you are asked to set up a security question and answer, provide recovery e-mail address and phone number. With this, Apple can know it is really you who is trying to make changes to your account. No one except you knows the answer to your security question.
After you change your Apple id email address, you can turn on two-step verification method for more security.
Your Apple ID is like a master key to use all the Apple services such as Drive, iTunes, App Store, Mail, iMessage, etc. Apple ID is where all you important account details such as contact, security questions are stored. You can also add payment information for buying music, apps , within your Apple ID. The whole idea of having Apple ID is to use the same account for all your Apple device and services so that you can sync all your data everywhere and access from anywhere.
People forget their login password all the time. At that time people gets frustrated and panic without even knowing that there is a solution to this. Apple has a way to reset Apple id password so that you can recover your forgotten password.
How To Reset Apple ID Password From Website On Mac or PC
- Open whichever web browser you like such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox , etc.
- Go to iCloud official website www.icloud.com
- Then click on Forgot Apple ID or password? link from the iCloud login section.
- This will re-direct you to iforgot.apple.com. You can directly enter the URL and land to this page.
- Enter your Apple ID where it says firstname.lastname@example.org.
- On the other field, type in the characters in the image. If you cannot figure out the characters, you can click on New Code or listen to the code.
- Click Continue after you are done.
- Now select what information you want to reset; password or security questions. Select Password and Continue.
- Select how you want to reset your password. There are 2 ways to do that i.e. by getting an email or by answering security questions that you set during Apple id sign up.
- If you select ‘Get an email’, log in to your email, check for the e-mail from iCloud. Click on Reset now > link. Then set a new password.
- If you select ‘Answer security questions’, first verify your date of birth. Then answer to security questions you chose during iCloud account sign up. If you answer both of the questions correctly, you will be asked to set a new password.
If you have iOS 10 or Mac OS Later Version
- Open Safari and go to iforgot.apple.com
- Enter your Apple ID and press Next button at the top right hand side of the page.
- Now enter your phone number that you are using right now. Apple will send you verification code. Enter the code that you just received and then you are all set to go.
How To Set A Strong Password For Apple ID
- Do not use password that has already been using for your Apple ID before.
- Your password must be at least 8 characters long. More lengthier your password, harder it is to crack.
- Avoid using common password such as asdf, qwert, 1234, iloveyou. These passwords are easy to guess and crack.
- Come up with something unique that you can remember at the same time.
- Make a good use of number, special characters (@,*,!) , upper lower cases in your password.
Why So Many Steps To Reset Apple ID Password ?
You must be wondering why on earth there are so many steps to recover your Apple ID password. That is because Apple is securing your account and preventing from any other unauthorised person to try and reset your password.
When you sign up for a new Apple ID, you get an authorisation code in your mobile number. That is extra layer of security to your Apple account. Your Apple ID and e-mail address is not enough to reset your apple id password. You have to identify yourself as authorised person of the account by answering to the security questions.
Security questions that you set and answer during sign up process is to make sure that you and only you are the one to know the answer to that questions. Two-Factor verification is another step that you have to go through if are trying to sign in from a rather different device other that you normally use to sign in to your Apple ID. However you can make that browser or device a trusted browser too if you want to. So basically it is for you account safety that your iCloud account hack won’t occur.