In an earlier post, we covered how to change the email ID associated with your Apple account. That’s easy. And in most cases, that won’t change much of the content you purchased/own/installed/downloaded.

Now, let’s see how you can change your iCloud email ID right on your iPhone/iPad. Note that this is vastly different from changing your email ID attached to your Apple account. In this, you’ve got to be careful about “content” – apps, music/video purchases, TV shows, books and more.

How to Change iCloud, iTunes, and App Store Email on iPhone and iPad

How to Change iCloud, iTunes, and App Store Email on iPhone and iPad

Change the iCloud email on your iPhone

  • Open the Settings App
  • Scroll down and tap on iCloud → Tap on Sign out.

Tap on iCloud Then Settings in iOS 8

  • Tap on Sign Out again in Popup Menu Tap on Delete from iPhone.

Tap Sign Out Option in iCloud Settings on iPhone

  • Tap on Keep on My iPhone or Delete from My iPhone up next enter your password for Apple ID.

Choose Options in iCloud Option on iPhone

  • Go to Settings again → Tap on iCloud → Tap on Create a New Apple ID.

Change iCloud and App Store Email ID from iPhoneWhat happens when you change the iCloud email ID?

First off, all sync’d data is gone from the iPhone. All that data is safely stored on your iCloud account (Apple’s server) so there’s no reason to panic or worry. But yes, much of the data that comes from your iCloud account will be gone.

This includes, as may be the case:

  • Mail
  • Contacts
  • Calendar data
  • Photos
  • iBooks Purchases
  • Documents (that you sync to your iCloud account)
  • Change the iTunes/App Store account on your iPhone

It is generally not advised to change your iTunes and App Store account when you use your iPhone/iPad. Doing this will kind of change a lot of things, remove a lot of purchases and apps when you try to sync or reset. Nevertheless, if you really want to change your iTunes and App Store account, here’s how to proceed:

  • Open Settings
  • Scroll down and tap on iTunes & App StoreHow to Change iTunes and App Store Account on iPhone
  • Tap on the account email
  • Then tap on Sign Out
  • Next up, sign in with the new email ID that you want to associate with your iTunes/App Store purchases.

As such, apps and purchases that you’ve downloaded/purchased will stay on your iPhone/iPad. But when you try to restore previous purchases, that will cause a) conflict or b) you won’t see the apps that you purchased previously because you’ve changed the account.

  • ricardo

    mu issue is that I cannot remember my password, so I cannot delete iCloud.

  • Babo

    The option to delete does not appear on my iPad. So how do I change the old email address for which I no longer have the password? I want to be able to have pictures I take on my phone to also show up on my iPad and laptop