avatarby Jonathan FeistMay 16, 20170 comments


For most of us, our email address is an extension of who we are, at least in the online world. For those that are a little more loose, or otherwise have need to change out their email address as used for their Apple ID, rest assured, it can be done.

Of course, the term ‘reset Apple ID’ could refer to changing your Apple ID password in the event you’ve misplaced it, so we’ll cover both.

Reset Apple ID – update email address

The process to change the email address attached to your Apple ID and account is much more labor intensive than it’s going to sound here today. Don’t confuse that with difficult, it just may take you some time to accomplish, and the more Apple products you own, the more this is going to make you work.

Note: If you are using an @icloud.com, @me.com or @mac.com email address, you will not be able to change your email address on account. Sorry.

First up, nice and simple, log out of all devices, apps and services that use your Apple ID. [enter dropped jaw emoji here]

That’s right, before you can make this change, you are going to need to stop using the account as credentials for everything. Yes, everything. Don’t worry, once your email address is changed you can log back in and most services/devices will pick up from where you left off. It’s not like you’re wiping your account on Apple’s servers, you’re just logging out temporarily.

Sit at a computer, head over to appleid.apple.com and log into your account.

In the Account section look for and click on Edit.

If you’ve properly logged out on all devices and services, find an click the Change Email Address link.

You may be asked for verification like your security questions, so have those answers ready.

Enter your new email address. A confirmation code will send to the new email address, go retrieve it and bring it back to the page for validation.

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That’s the end of that part, you are now on for the task of going back to all of your devices and Apple services to log back in with your new email address. It’s still using your old password, keep reading it you’d like to see that changed as well.

Reset Apple ID – reset password

Getting to the password reset tools are a little bit easier for resetting your Apple ID, but only just.

The easy way to tackle this is from within your Apple ID account, as you logged into above, just look for the Security section and the link to Change Password as soon as you log in. Otherwise, Apple assumes on the web that if you want to change your password, you’ve forgotten it, stick with us, there’s a way to update on your iPhone or iPad without going to the web on your PC, we’ll cover that at the bottom.

Return to the main login page at appleid.apple.com.

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Below the login boxes, tap the link entitled Forgot Apple ID or Password.

Hint: If you’ve forgotten your Apple ID, this is the same link to click on, though the process from there is a little more complicated. We’ll stick with the password change tutorial for today.

Enter your Apple ID, that’s your email address on account.

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Choose from one of the options to continue, including to answer your security questions or to get an email with a link to update your password.

If you are using two-factor or two-step authentication, head over to iforgot.apple.com to get all fixed up.

Change password on your iPhone or iPad

If you have a connected and trusted mobile device on your account, you can change up your password in a few easy steps.


Head into the main system Settings, then to iCloud.

Tap on your name, then tap on Password & Security.

Tap on Change Password and then, you guessed it, enter a new password.

If all else fails, please contact Apple Support for assistance.

There you have it, whether you are looking to change your email address, your password or have need to recover from forgetting either, we hope the steps above help you out today.

Have you updated your Apple ID email address or password – was it as tough as it sounds?