HOW TO: Change iCloud Email Address

October 14, 2011

Authors note: I’ve been hearing mixed results on this – some people are saying it works, yet others like me have done it fine.

One of the downfalls of iCloud is it does not appear to let you change your email address that it is under. As you can see, if you go to Settings > iCloud > Account, it does not let you change your email. However, I’ve found a quick workaround. As I stated above I’ve been getting mixed results on it working.

Here’s what I did. This was done about two hours after setting up iOS 5 on my 4th generation iPod Touch.

  • I switched all my iCloud backup stuff to “off” (contacts, calendars, reminders, all my other apps, etc)
  • After that I hit the big red “delete account” button at the bottom of the iCloud settings. It’ll warn you. Hit delete again, and it will do so. You’ll then be logged out of iCloud on the device. Simply go to the iCloud account login/setup section, and it will then let you put a new Apple ID in the box.

134 Responses to HOW TO: Change iCloud Email Address

  1. Kari
    July 12, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Worked great! After scouring Apple Help I found no answers at all. Thanks!

  2. Anonymous
    July 16, 2013 at 6:10 am


  3. Anonymous
    July 27, 2013 at 12:35 am

    I want to know if there is any possible way that I can get my icloud login…..I don’t remember the password nor the login. My ipod got stolen and I was told I could find it if I could get on my icloud offline…but the only problem is I dnt remember my login….any help PLEASE!!!!

  4. Joe
    August 5, 2013 at 6:05 am

    easy enough on iPhone or iPad, nightmare on iMac. Seems to work until the next time your Mac needs to access iCloud.
    You get a message that there’s a problem with your email address that you are using as ID. I’ve lost contacts and notes because of this.

  5. Kan
    August 8, 2013 at 12:56 am

    That is just genius!

  6. lola
    August 21, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    hello me and my sister both have iphones i had a problem when i tried to change all the settings now all im wondering is would it share our stuff example like contacts photos or something please reply its very important becaause i did this just so i could basecally share it with my sis i dont want her to get my messages that’ll be just wrong because i had an old email and it didnt work helppppp :)

    • August 22, 2013 at 7:24 am

      As long as you use a different account you will not.

  7. Brooke
    August 31, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I had to change the email address i used for my apple id and i also need to change that same email address that is used for iCloud. I am nervous about deleting the acount from my iPad and iPhone. I don’t use a Mac. I use a PC so I need instructions on how to do this using a PC please. Any takers?

  8. Katherine
    September 20, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Thank you so much! I was trying to figure this out for ages and all other sites were sending me in circles!

    It worked and things are all sorted now and up to date!


  9. jocelyn
    October 30, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    didn’t work for me… same icloud account was still linked.

  10. Claire Parsons
    November 2, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    At last some one who can explain how to reset your iCloud email once you have forgotten your pass word and can’t even remember your original email. Seems to be working just fine for me. THANK YOU, you explained it simply.

  11. November 3, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Thank you so much! It worked perfectly.

  12. Caro
    November 11, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Hi if I folllow the above to change my email address for iCloud, how does the pics etc I currently have under iCloud on my old email address transfer to my new iCloud account?

    • November 11, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      I don’t think they will.

  13. Ken White
    November 17, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Didn’t work for me as the old email account and password keeps popping up which isn’t registered anymore so at a loss again

    • Judy Anne
      April 18, 2014 at 1:09 am

      I have the same dilemma. My old email account and password keeps popping up which isn’t registered anymore. Has anyone figured out what to do yet.

  14. Dawn
    December 30, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    It worked lol!! Thanks for your help

  15. Amdb
    January 2, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Thank you sooooo much!

  16. Judy
    January 4, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Did you not lose info that was in smother device when you deleted account.

    • January 4, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      I didn’t.

  17. Sally
    January 8, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Thank you so much!

  18. January 9, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Worked a treat
    Guy in the Apple store tried to do this when they gave me a new phone after the IOS 7 upgrade fried my WIFI access
    After i got home the old icloud email reared its head again.


  19. Julie
    March 15, 2014 at 4:25 am

    Thanks it work great

  20. Claire
    April 16, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Thank you! I easily changed iCloud accounts using your guide.

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