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macrumors newbie
Original poster
Oct 27, 2022
I just got a new iPhone 14 Pro as a gift from the missus and was just wondering about that before setting it up.

I have a personal domain so the only email-related hassle is having to point my domain over to my new iCloud+.

The main reason I get a new Apple ID is because of the junk that accumulates on the old one.


The purchase tab on my App Store is currently filled with completely redundant apps such as a bike sharing app (company has since gone under), various language learning apps (my younger son was obsessed with learning Portuguese so thought I'd learn a bit so he could practice at home too since lessons for that aren't offered at his school), gym app (have since moved to another gym), just to name a few! It's a bit of a mess.

I like the idea of a clean slate but it's a bit ridiculous, isn't it?


macrumors 6502a
Jul 9, 2021
No, it’d be too much of a hassle to transfer everything that’s stored in iCloud…all my contacts, notes, photos, etc. Also, not to mention, losing access to purchased apps/content.

For your example, you can swipe left on the apps in your purchase history to hide them.


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Oct 27, 2022
Wow I did not know this! My son's school app is finicky at best and requires me to constantly install and reinstall it (according to IT and other parents are having the same issue), with this I don't have to scroll through everything to get to it. Thanks!


macrumors G3
Oct 18, 2011
I only have one and only one apple ID. No need to create every time i get a new phone and its such a hassle


macrumors 6502
Dec 2, 2020
Boise, ID
Oh sorry was in response to Big Blur's "For your example, you can swipe left on the apps in your purchase history to hide them."
Ahhh, thanks. Yes, that is a handy feature to clean up apps no longer used. I guess if you're not making purchases/don't have subscriptions/etc. you could create a new one, but I don't think I've ever heard of anyone doing it. I do change my gmail every few years, but never this one.


macrumors 68000
Dec 21, 2016
Why would I create another Apple ID? Everything I have, all my purchasing history for apps and music, are tied to my current ID.

If I had junk apps, like you mentioned, I wouldn’t install them on my new phone 🤷🏻‍♂️.


macrumors 68000
Jun 8, 2021

I've had the same AppleID account since 2004 (domain part has changed only)
Same, 2005 for me, did change off my old Yahoo! account though.

And you've been able to hide apps since 2009-ish (maybe earlier), you just had to do it through iTunes IIRC.
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macrumors 604
Jan 21, 2002
Langley, Washington
I have used literally the same AppleID since Apple first had IDs under the iTools program back in like 1998 or 1999. The only thing I changed was going from no email address, to and email address. And I'm thinking about changing the base email address/ID to move from Yahoo to Gmail.


macrumors 6502
Sep 26, 2022
I have two ID’s, from memory one was originally my iTunes account and the second was when they launched Cloud.
Ultimately I copied all data across to one account, and other is now essentially empty and unused.


macrumors newbie
Jan 15, 2008
The effort in changing Apple IDs at any normal frequency seems excessive.

I'll do a clean install on a new MacBook Pro or iPhone, but that is the extent of it. There is too much history tied to an Apple ID, much of it you'll probably want to preserve.
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macrumors Penryn
Aug 31, 2011
I wonder if I should create a new email address every time I get a new phone…

I mean, lots of stuff sitting around in that Yahoo email account I got in 1999. Correspondence with companies that no longer exist, people I used to know, etc. And all those customers over the years who thought I was the beer distributor guy just because I share the same first and last name with the guy! SMH.

Nahhhhh. I like keeping my history. Guess I'll keep that email account. Oh, and my Apple ID too.


macrumors 68040
Jul 1, 2008
Bostonian exiled in SoCal
Heck no! Same Apple ID since before 2003. I honestly can’t even remember when I signed up, but I know it was before the iPhone was released. I had an account that may predate iTunes.

Edit: @TEG reminded me! iTools was when I first signed up.


macrumors 65816
Jan 4, 2022
London, UK
Worth noting that as Apple offer domain hosting for your email now it's worth buying a "forever domain" and using that with your iCloud account. That has the propensity to last forever regardless of the rise and fall of technology companies.


macrumors 68000
Nov 3, 2020
Nope, I've got far too much information tied to my Apple ID to ever want to change it without an issue arising forcing me to do so. If you've not got much linked, then it's not a big deal to start over but I've got years and years of data (files, music, subscriptions, passwords etc) linked to my Apple ID.
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