The only problem with syncing a cloud account – whether it’s from iCloud or Dropbox or any other service – is that when you change, remove or edit accounts, there is this remote possibility of losing data in the process. If not losing, it might be about merging the data and then never getting back to a previous original state.
A lot of users have this problem with iCloud accounts when they have a couple of them across a few of their iOS devices (and Macs). In this post, we’re not trying to answer the question of changing your iCloud account. We will discuss about what syncs, what merges and what happens when you retain some of the data. This will allow you to be cautious about what happens after the new iCloud account is added.
As such, changing the iCloud account is pretty easy and straightforward. There are just two steps: you remove the old iCloud account from your device and then you log in with the new one.
As simple as it sounds, occasionally, this whole process causes havoc. And it’s not about data loss actually: data is never lost from the cloud when you change iCloud accounts on your iPhone or iPad. All data is safely tucked inside iCloud.
The problem lies in data merge when you retain some data from the old iCloud account and then use another iCloud account, which results in merging of data. The subsequent sync leads to confusion if you didn’t see that coming.
How to Change iCloud Account on iPhone and iPad in iOS 13, iOS 12
Step #1. Go to Settings → Tap on your Name, first on the list.
Step #2. Scroll to the bottom and tap on “Sign Out” Enter Apple ID password and tap on Turn Off.
Toggle ON switches beside apps for which you wish to retain your personal data on the iPhone or iPad and then tap on Sign Out at the top-right corner of the screen.
Now, head back to Sign Out and add a new iCloud account.
After the device is signed in with a new iCloud account, you’ll get two options: Merge and Don’t Merge.
When you merge, remember that the old data that rests on your iPhone will now get synced to the new iCloud account that you added.
With that, you change the iCloud account on your iDevice. This will effectively stop notifications, photo syncs, etc. which you have configured across other devices using the old iCloud account. So make sure you remember what goes where and what happens after you change the iCloud to avoid further confusion.
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