About your Apple ID email addresses

Learn how to add, change, or delete the different types of email addresses that you can use with your Apple ID account.

Email addresses you use with your Apple ID

Your Apple ID uses email addresses to sign you in to your account with Apple. With your Apple ID, you can access services like the App Store, Apple Music, iCloud, iMessage, FaceTime, and more. We'll use your email addresses to send you information about your account, and to help friends and family communicate and share with you.

Apple ID email address
This is the email address you use with your password when signing in to any Apple service. It’s also the primary email address on your account.
 

Additional email addresses
Add extra email addresses to your account to help people find you on Apple services like FaceTime, iMessage, Game Center, and Find My Friends.
 

Rescue email address
You have the option to add a rescue email address to your account for more security. You can see it when you sign in to your Apple ID account page.


Before you can use a new or updated Apple ID, we'll send you a verification email to make sure the email address belongs to you.

Apple ID email address

When you create an Apple ID, you enter an email address. This email address is your Apple ID and the username that you'll use to sign in to Apple services like iTunes and iCloud. It's also the contact email address for your account. Be sure to check your email address regularly. We'll send you email notifications to help you manage your account and make the most of your Apple ID.

Follow these steps to change your Apple ID.

Additional email addresses

Many of us have more than one email address that friends and family use to reach us. Add an email address that you commonly use to your Apple ID account, so people can easily find and communicate with you on Apple services like FaceTime, iMessage, Game Center, and Find My Friends.

To add an additional email address, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to your Apple ID account page.
  2. Click Edit in the Account section.
  3. Under Reachable at, select Add an Email Address.
  4. Enter your additional email address and we'll send a verification to that address. Didn't get the email?
  5. Enter the verification code and click Verify.

If you want to delete one of your additional email addresses, click   next to the address.

Rescue email address

Having a rescue email address is optional but recommended. If you ever forget your security questions, you can use your rescue email address to reset them. If you don't have a rescue email address, you'll need to contact Apple Support for help. We’ll also send any account security-related notifications to your rescue email address. 

Follow these steps to add or edit a rescue email address:

  1. Sign in to your Apple ID account page.
  2. Click Edit in the Security section. You might be asked to answer one or more security questions before you continue.
  3. If you want to add a rescue email address:
    • Under Rescue Email, click Add an Email Address, then enter your rescue email address. We'll send a verification to that address. Didn't get the email?
    • Enter the verification code and click Verify.
  4. If you want to edit a rescue email address:
    • Select Change Email Address under the address you want to edit, then enter the new address. We'll send a verification to that address. Didn't get the email?
    • Enter the verification code and click Verify.
  5. If you want to delete a rescue email address, click   next to the address.

If you use two-step verification or two-factor authentication, you have a notification email address, not a rescue email address. With two-factor authentication and two step verification, you don't need a rescue address. You can also use these steps to add or edit your notification email address.

Learn more

Apple email related to your Apple ID account always comes from appleid@id.apple.com. If you receive suspicious email, learn how to identify fraudulent email.

Learn more about how to update your other Apple ID account information.

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