New iphone, new apple id

mag33

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In short, my last iPhone broke and I'm about to get a new one but I don't want to activate it with my current Apple ID but instead make a new one. However, I still want to transfer all the photos and stuff that was backed up under my current ID that I want to leave behind, is that possible?
 

chrfr

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In short, my last iPhone broke and I'm about to get a new one but I don't want to activate it with my current Apple ID but instead make a new one. However, I still want to transfer all the photos and stuff that was backed up under my current ID that I want to leave behind, is that possible?
It's not possible. You can change your current Apple ID if it's a matter of not liking the email address linked to that Apple ID, but you can't transfer backups or photos directly from one Apple ID to another.
 
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revmacian

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It's a bit of work, but what about exporting photos, calendar, etc. to a set of files and saving them to external storage. Then importing those files from external storage into the new Apple ID once the phone is set up under the new Apple ID. It's a bit of effort, and it would only need to be done once, but it seems that it would yield the desired result.
 

mag33

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It's not possible. You can change your current Apple ID if it's a matter of not liking the email address linked to that Apple ID, but you can't transfer backups or photos directly from one Apple ID to another.
How do I change it? I've seen people do it but that option is not available for me at appleid.apple.com, for some reason
 

chrfr

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How do I change it? I've seen people do it but that option is not available for me at appleid.apple.com, for some reason
It's an involved process, and you'll need to be sure all of your devices are signed out of the Apple ID for it to work. I have successfully done this, so I know it does work.
There are some limitations, so be sure to take note of all the details in this document:
 

mag33

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Thank you. This could prove to be tricky however as I can't sign out out of my iPhone since the screen is broken and I can't access it. Or is signing out of iTunes enough? idk
 

chrfr

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Thank you. This could prove to be tricky however as I can't sign out out of my iPhone since the screen is broken and I can't access it. Or is signing out of iTunes enough? idk
I believe that may cause a problem, but you can always remove it from your account from the iCloud and Apple ID settings pages on a different device.
 
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