How to Change Your Apple ID and Password

Is your Apple ID tied to an email address that you don’t really use anymore? Is it getting harder to remember it when you want to sign into your iTunes, or your other Mac services? If, like a growing number of users, you signed up for your Apple ID using a student mailbox from your now Alma Matter, and you are now more than ready to move it over to another inbox, then you have come to the right place because today we are going to look at how you can change your Apple ID. Don’t worry, this is really easy to do and you can do it from any computer with web access, unlike some changes to iTunes that can only be made from an authorized machine.

Step One: Get Thee to the Apple ID Site

You can manage your Apple ID from the My Apple ID site, which is found at Open a new tab in your browser and paste that URL. This is the site you will see.


Click on the “Manage your account” text in blue on this page.

Step Two: Sign In

Now, you will be asked to sign in with your current Apple ID information. If you have forgotten your username or password, you can use the “Forgot your Apple ID?” or “Forgot your password?” links below the fields to get them back. Just be aware that they may email you the information so if you don’t have access to the old box, you may just want to take an educated guess or two.


Step Three: Edit

You will see your email address listed on this page. Across from it will be the word “Edit”. Click on that word.


You will now see a box with your current Apple ID email address inside of it. This box is typeable. Go ahead and put in the new email address that you want in this box. Then click on the blue “Save” button at the bottom of the page.


There you have it, your ID is changed. If this is all you wanted to do, then you can stop here. If a change to a more memorable (or more secure) password is also in order, then let’s move on.

The Password Pane

On the left, you will see a set of menu options. Click on “Password and Security” to bring yourself to the password pane.


From here, we will be able to make changes to the password associated with your Apple ID. Find the blue writing labeled “Change Password” and click on it.


Now, you can go ahead and enter your old password once, and your new password of choice twice. This form will also ask you if you want to change your security question, which you may want to do if the question is out of date or you simply no longer remember the answer you selected. When you’re done, click on the big blue “Save” button at the bottom of the screen.

There you have it, one newly changed Apple ID and password ready for your use.

Katie Gatto

Katie Gatto is a technology writer with seven years of experience, and a native Mac user. She has previously written for Apple related site such as Appletell and Mac Apper.


  1. Will this affect any of my previous purchases? Will I still be able to download them or have access to them? They are not tied to the previous email address right?

  2. Got an email to my second emailbox with the request to verify. But I did not remember my Apple-ID password (my Apple-ID is OK). A request to send a reset to my email address as stored in Apple’s files did not arrive at any of my email boxes. Then I tried to answer the security questions. When my birthday was not accepted, I knew something must be wrong. Any ideas how to solve this problem?

  3. I tried this, but get a message saying I can’t use the new address because it is my “rescue” e-mail. I changed the alternate e-mail (and verified it) but am still unable to change the primary e-mail. Any suggestions? I tried to call, but none of my devices are new enough and the closest store is more than an hour away.

  4. thts wat i did but i deleted my old email so its says its veritifyed(my new email) but if i try to install a game or watever it still has my old email and i put my pasword good but they say tht is wrong but it is not any help or anything tht it can help me plz this is urgent oh and thanx if u help

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