Apple Now Letting Apple IDs With Third-Party Email Addresses Be Updated to Apple Email Addresses

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today made a small change to the way Apple IDs work, and for the first time, Apple customers who have an Apple ID that uses a third-party email address can update that Apple ID to use an Apple,, or email address.

    Prior to today, an Apple ID that used a third-party email address could be changed to another third-party email address, but there wasn't an option to use one of the Apple email accounts that are created when an Apple ID is made.


    The change was outlined by MacRumors reader Dillon, who sent an email to several executives earlier this month asking for the problem to be changed. Dillon was contacted by Apple Executive Relations last week and was told Apple's engineering team would look into the problem. He received a second phone call today, letting him know the issue had been fixed. From Dillon:
    Apple's "Change Your Apple ID" support document was today updated to reflect the updates made to the Apple ID, and it now includes a section confirming a third-party email address can be changed to an,, or email address.


    When swapping from a third-party Apple ID email address to an email address ending in,, or, Apple warns that there is no way to change it back to a third-party email account.
    This should be a welcome change for all Apple customers who have wanted to change their Apple ID addresses to an official Apple email address. Those who want to go ahead and swap should read Apple's support document and follow all of the steps, which include signing out of all iOS devices before making the change.

    Update: While this feature is working for some users, others report being unable to change their Apple IDs. It's possible this feature has not yet rolled out to all users, or that it's not fully functional as of yet. It's unclear at this point why it's not working for some people.

    Article Link: Apple Now Letting Apple IDs With Third-Party Email Addresses Be Updated to Apple Email Addresses
  2. AppleFan91 macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2012
    Indy, US
    Finally. It always made it hard to go all Apple when I couldn’t change my Apple ID itself to an Apple domain. Glad to see
  3. moabal macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2010
    Who actually uses the Apple domain email address? I doubt many do.
  4. thisisnotmyname macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2014
    known but velocity indeterminate
  5. ccrunner_tj macrumors member


    Nov 20, 2010
    West Lafayette, IN
    Very glad to hear this! My Apple ID email has been deactivated for several years now.
  6. Dekema2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2012
    WNY or Utica
    And to think that I literally just posted about this yesterday. Goodbye Google.

  7. aforty macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    Can anyone explain to me why I'm forced to have both and email addresses automatically added to my on IOS just because I sign in with Apple ID? Is there a way to remove those?
  8. lsutigerfan1976 macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    How does this work? If my Apple ID is, then they are saying it can become And would my mail be forwarded to the icloud email account at that point automatically?
  9. Justin Iacobellis macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2017
    Does this mean we can change the iCloud address associated with our account now?
  10. penajmz macrumors 68040


    Sep 11, 2008
    New York City
  11. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    This is just your Apple ID. The only email you would get from this is just stuff related to your Apple ID. Other email shouldn’t be affected.
  12. JosephAW macrumors 68000


    May 14, 2012
    I originally used my @Mac account but apple killed if that email address and had to create a 3rd party address as a backup.
    Are they reactivating ? I don't think so. Someday iCloud will be phased out and email accounts canceled for new ones like
  13. ActionJacksonHern macrumors newbie


    Nov 17, 2015
    Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
    So... if I have a feature request for Apple that I REALLY want fixed or added, I just send an email to Tim Cook, Craig Federighi, Phil Schiller, and Eddy Cue? And it will be changed within a couple weeks? Okay. :)
  14. staticoranges macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2010
    If only they would let us merge two accounts for those of us who created a second account in order to move away from our 3rd party email address...
  15. Black Magic macrumors 68020

    Black Magic

    Sep 30, 2012
    I do. Works like a champ.
  16. ChrisFerri macrumors member


    Apr 22, 2009
    New York
    My Apple ID was made before it was required to be an email. Its just a username. Apple keeps bugging me to update it to an email, but I just can't. I think its been the same since 2004
  17. wolfshades macrumors 6502


    Nov 1, 2007
    Toronto, Ontario Canada
  18. nwcs macrumors 68000


    Sep 21, 2009
    Finally! And hallelujah! I've been wanting to change mine for years. I made my Apple ID long before iCloud existed. I always wondered why they wouldn't let us change it.
  19. dominiongamma macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
    I’m confused what this is, could someone explain in simple terms what this is, my Apple ID is ending with Gmail will this effect me? I’m guessing this isn’t letting us change our iCloud email address?
  20. Mattzatt macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2011
    Ok, maybe I’m stupid.

    But when I first started it was with an iPhone, and back then I used a @ gmail account. My the time I changed over to (MobileMe) iCloud, I’ve bought to much, so I did not want to rebuy everything.

    So now I have one iCloud account, that obviously is @ icloud, and five other on my family sharing plan, and one @ gmail account that only used in iTunes and AppStore.

    So will this solve my problem, and give me the possibility to transfer all my bought items over to @ icloud And will it in any other way affect my @ icloud account?

    Any helpful response is much appreciated!
  21. AVonGauss macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2006
    Boynton Beach, FL
    ... but I submitted a feature request about this very topic 3+ years ago! Okay, now that's out of the way, thanks Dillon!
  22. pauliaK macrumors regular


    Jan 16, 2012
    Banff, AB
    I do it too, and I also had it as my apple id for one of my accounts for years. It used to be possible at one point to register a brand new apple id without third party email back in a day.
  23. boogybren macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2009
    So can we take three different Apple ID’s with 3rd party email addresses and consolidate them into one Apple address? That would be an awesome way to finally put all purchases under one account.
  24. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    I think this is great. I’ve been wanting to change my Apple ID for some time now. So this is a pleasant surprise.
  25. TMRJIJ, Oct 31, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2017

    TMRJIJ macrumors 68030


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    It probably varies from situation to situation. If you’re talking about simple bugs, I’m assuming they will redirect you to Apple Support.
    Few years ago, I tried emailing Tim Cook for their source code on one of their kernel extensions. I think it was Federighi (or an engineer using his name) that replied saying that I needed to contact Intel about it.
    Don’t expect a reply in a timely manner either.

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