What to do after you change your Apple ID email address or password

After you change your Apple ID email address or password, you might need to update your sign-in information with any Apple services that you're using.

After you change your Apple ID or password, use the alphabetical list below to make sure that each store or service is using your updated sign-in information. You can use these steps to sign in on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, and Apple TV.

In some cases, you don't need to update your Apple ID or password on your device until the next time you're asked to sign in to the store or service. But if you're using services to share information or communicate with others, you should update your Apple ID or password immediately. 

Apple Developer Programs

Nothing needs to be done. Within 24 hours of changing your Apple ID or password, the change automatically updates for Apple's developer programs.

Apple Online Store

Update your Apple ID or password on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC.

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Go to Settings > iTunes & App Store.

  • If you're signed out, enter your updated Apple ID or password.
  • If you're signed in with your previous Apple ID, tap your Apple ID, then tap Sign Out. Then enter your updated Apple ID or password.

Mac with OS X Mountain Lion or later, or Windows PC

  1. Go to the Apple Online Store.
  2. Click  , then click View Account.
  3. In the Account Settings section, click "Update your Apple ID email address and password."
  4. Enter your updated Apple ID or password.

Apple Retail Store services

When you make a Genius Bar, Workshop, Business, One to One, or Joint Venture reservation, you'll be asked to sign in with your Apple ID or password. Just go to the Apple Retail Store and click Learn, Business, or Get Help, then follow the onscreen steps.

Apple Support website and Apple Support Communities

Go to the Apple Support website and click Get Started.

  • If you're signed out, enter your updated Apple ID or password the next time you use a feature of the site that requires you to sign in. For example, you'll be asked to sign in to view an open case.
  • If you're signed in with your previous Apple ID, click Sign Out, then click Sign Out again to confirm. The next time you use a feature of the site that requires you to sign in, enter your updated Apple ID or password.

Go to the Apple Support Communities.

  • If you're signed out, click Sign in and enter your updated Apple ID or password.
  • If you're signed in with your previous Apple ID, click Sign out, then click Sign in and enter your updated Apple ID or password.

Go to supportprofile.apple.com.

  • If you're signed out, click Sign in and enter your updated Apple ID or password.
  • If you're signed in with your previous Apple ID, click Sign out, then click Sign out again when asked to confirm. Click Sign in and enter your updated Apple ID or password.

FaceTime

Update your Apple ID or password on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Go to Settings > FaceTime.

  • If you're signed out on your iPhone or iPod touch, tap "Use your Apple ID for FaceTime" and enter your updated Apple ID or password. On your iPad, just enter your updated Apple ID or password.
  • If you're signed in with your previous Apple ID, tap your Apple ID, then tap Sign Out. On your iPhone or iPod touch, tap "Use your Apple ID for FaceTime" and enter your updated Apple ID or password to sign in. On your iPad, just enter your updated Apple ID or password.

Mac with OS X Mountain Lion or later

  1. Open the FaceTime app.
  2. Select FaceTime > Preferences.
    • If you're signed out, enter your updated Apple ID or password.
    • If you're signed in with your previous Apple ID, select your Apple ID, click Sign Out. Then click Sign Out again when asked to confirm, and enter your updated Apple ID or password.

Find My iPhone

Open the Find My iPhone app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  • If you're signed out, enter your updated Apple ID or password.
  • If you're signed in with your previous Apple ID, tap Sign Out. Then tap Sign Out again when asked to confirm, and enter your updated Apple ID or password.

Game Center

Update your Apple ID or password on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Go to Settings > Game Center.

  • If you're signed out, enter your updated Apple ID or password.
  • If you're signed in with your previous Apple ID, tap your Apple ID and tap Sign Out. Then enter your updated Apple ID or password.

Mac with OS X Mountain Lion or later

Open the Game Center app.

  • If you're signed out, enter your updated Apple ID or password and click Sign In.
  • If you're signed in with your previous Apple ID, choose Account > Sign Out, then enter your new Apple ID or password.

iCloud

Update your Apple ID or password on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, and Apple TV.

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Go to Settings > iCloud.

  • If you're signed out, enter your updated Apple ID or password. The data in iCloud will automatically appear on your device after you sign in.
  • If you're still signed in with your previous Apple ID:
    1. Scroll down and tap Sign Out, then tap Sign Out to confirm. If you're using iOS 7 or earlier, tap Delete Account, then tap Delete to confirm. You might need to enter your password. Your data will remain in iCloud and will be updated on your device when you sign in to iCloud again.
    2. Enter your updated Apple ID or password. 

Mac with OS X Mountain Lion or later

Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.

  • If you're signed out, enter your updated Apple ID or password to sign in. The data in iCloud will automatically appear on your device after you sign in.
  • If you're signed in with your previous Apple ID:
    1. Click Sign Out. Depending on what iCloud options are turned on, you'll be asked if you want to make copies or delete iCloud data (Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Bookmarks, Photo Stream) from your Mac. Your data will remain in iCloud and will be updated on your device when you sign in to iCloud again.
    2. Enter your updated Apple ID or password to sign in. 

Windows PC

Open iCloud for Windows and click Sign Out.

  • If you're signed out, sign in with your updated Apple ID or password. The data in iCloud will automatically appear on your device after you sign in. 
  • If you're signed in with your previous Apple ID:
    1. Click Sign Out. Depending on what iCloud options are turned on, you'll be asked if you want to make copies or delete iCloud data (Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Bookmarks, Photo Stream) from your PC. Click Delete. Your data will remain in iCloud and will be updated on your device when you sign in to iCloud again.
    2. Sign in with your updated Apple ID or password.

Apple TV

To play content from your Mac or PC on an Apple TV, go to Settings > iCloud.

  • If you're signed out, choose Sign In. You'll be asked to sign in with the Apple ID that you entered for the iTunes Store. If you use the same Apple ID for iCloud and the iTunes Store, choose Yes.
  • If you're signed in with your previous Apple ID, choose Sign Out, then choose Sign In. You'll be asked to sign in with the Apple ID that you entered for the iTunes Store. If you use the same Apple ID for iCloud and the iTunes Store, choose Yes.

iTunes, iBooks, and App Store

Update your Apple ID or password on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Apple TV. iTunes includes iTunes Genius, iTunes Home Sharing, iTunes Match, iTunes Store, and iTunes U.

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

For the iTunes, iBooks, or App Store, go to Settings > iTunes & App Store.

  • If you're signed out, enter your updated Apple ID or password.
  • If you're signed in with your previous Apple ID, tap your Apple ID, then tap Sign Out. Then enter your updated Apple ID or password.

Mac with OS X Mountain Lion or later

Open iTunes.

  • If you're signed out, select Store > Sign In and enter your updated Apple ID or password.
  • If you're signed in with your previous Apple ID, select Store > Sign Out, then select Store > Sign In and enter your updated Apple ID or password. 

Open iBooks.

  • If you're signed out, choose Store > Sign In and enter your updated Apple ID or password.
  • If you're signed in with your previous Apple ID, choose Store > Sign Out, then choose Store > Sign In and enter your updated Apple ID or password.

Open the App Store.

  • If you're signed out, click Sign In and enter your updated Apple ID or password.
  • If you're signed in with your previous Apple ID, choose Store > Sign Out, then click Sign In and enter your updated Apple ID or password.

Windows PC

Open iTunes.

  • If you're signed out, select Store > Sign In and enter your updated Apple ID or password.
  • If you're signed in with your previous Apple ID, select Store > Sign Out, then select Store > Sign In and enter your updated Apple ID or password.

Apple TV

Go to Settings > iTunes Store > Apple IDs.

  • If you're signed out, choose Add New Apple ID and enter your updated Apple ID or password.
  • If you're signed in with your previous Apple ID, choose Sign Out, then choose Add New Apple ID and enter your updated Apple ID or password.

For Home Sharing, go to Settings > Computers, then turn off Home Sharing and turn it back on.

Jobs at Apple

Go to Jobs at Apple and click My Profile.

  • If you're signed out, click Sign In and enter your updated Apple ID or password.
  • If you're signed in with your previous Apple ID, click Sign Out, then click Sign In and enter your updated Apple ID or password.

Messages

After you update your Apple ID, your friends will receive new messages from your updated Apple ID. Old messages aren't removed.

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Go to Settings > Messages, then tap Send & Receive.

  • If you're signed out on your iPhone or iPod touch, tap "Use your Apple ID for iMessage" then enter your updated Apple ID or password. On your iPad, just enter your updated Apple ID or password.
  • If you're signed in with your previous Apple ID, tap your Apple ID, then tap Sign Out. On your iPhone or iPod touch, tap "Use your Apple ID for iMessage" and enter your updated Apple ID or password. On your iPad, just enter your updated Apple ID or password.

Mac with OS X Mountain Lion or later

Open the Messages app, select Messages > Preferences, then click the Accounts icon.

  • If you're signed out, click Accounts and sign in with your updated Apple ID or password.
  • If you're signed in with your previous Apple ID, click Accounts, then select your Apple ID from the list of accounts. Click Sign Out, then click Sign Out again when asked to confirm. Sign in with your updated Apple ID or password.

Photo Print Products

The next time you use iPhoto or Aperture to order a photo book, card, calendar, or print, sign in with your updated Apple ID or password.

Volume Purchase Program

If you changed your Apple ID or password and you're in the Volume Purchase Program, contact Apple Support for help. Changing your Apple ID or password will prevent you from signing in to your purchasing account, making purchases, and accessing previous purchases.

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