If you have ever had an Apple device, you should be well acquainted with the Apple ID login process. You can create an Apple ID using your third-party email account (such as Gmail or Yahoo) but it has not been possible to associate an Apple domain address with it. You can now switch between third-party emails, but Apple has now made it possible to replace the third-party email ID with an Apple domain address.
And while Apple makes it much easier to manage the Apple account, by allowing you to directly use an Apple domain address to log in to your devices, there is no going back once you perform this procedure. The great disclaimer attached to the Apple ID change process is that you will not be able to return to a third-party email address if you change to Apple's domain. You'll be stuck with this for life and if you're ready for it, let's do it.
Change the third-party email ID to iCloud
The process of changing Apple ID single its T available for Gmail and Yahoo email accounts . Before starting the process, you should remember to have a working Apple domain account, where email addresses end with @ iCloud.com, @ me.com or @ mac.com.
Using your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Note : I tried this method on my iPhone 8 Plus with iOS 11 and it worked fine. You can change the Apple ID on your iOS device if you run iOS 10.3 or later.
1. On your iOS device, open Settings and touch your name (shown at the top) to open your account settings. Then, tap to open the section 'Name, phone numbers, email' .
2. Here, touch the 'Edit' button which is next to 'Contactable At' and delete your current third-party email ID playing the red 'minus' button.
3. Now you will request that you add a new email address, which will be used as an Apple ID, in the account before trying to delete the current one. Therefore touch 'Continue' to add your Apple domain address to your Apple ID.
Note : This method will not work with Apple ID accounts, which do not have a linked iCloud email account. This screen shows an error that indicates that @ icloud.com is not a valid email address.
4. Once you have entered your Apple domain address, press 'Next' and then enter a verification number received at that email address to change your Apple ID from a third-party email to an Apple domain. And voila, you're done!
As you just read, the process to change your Apple ID is very simple And he doesn't need much work. However, you cannot change your Apple ID from the currently used email ID to an Apple domain account if you are configuring iCloud Mail now too.
I tried to change the Apple ID in my personal account, but the creating a new iCloud email address account automatically added the same to the "Accessible in" section, like an alias. Therefore, it eliminates the need for the Apple ID change process and allows you to use third-party email or the iCloud address to log in to your account.
Use of the Apple ID account page
Although it is easier to make the change on your iOS devices, you can even change the Apple ID by visiting your account page on the web. These are the steps you should follow:
1. Go to appleid.apple.com and start session in your Apple account . You will be asked to verify your identity by answering two of the security questions you selected when you first set up the account.
2. In the account section, you must do click on the "Edit" button next to the "Accessible in" section .
3. Now, in the Apple ID section, click on 'Add more …' and enter the Apple domain address which you now plan to use as your new login ID.
4. Finally, duty click on "Continue" to see your Apple ID change if you enter a valid email address @ iCloud.com, @ me.com or @ mac.com.
Apple ID: Sign in with an Apple domain address
If you have had problems logging into your Apple devices with a Gmail or Yahoo email address, you can now merge your data with the Apple ecosystem by logging in with your Apple domain address. The third-party email address associated above now becomes an additional email address for your Apple account. This means that you can still log into your Apple account with the third-party email address, but all communication related to the account will be sent to the iCloud email account. If you have any questions about the change process, let us know in the comments section below.