Best daily deals

Affiliate links on Android Authority may earn us a commission. Learn more.

How to change your iCloud email and password

There's nothing too complicated, but make a note of your new login.
By
July 24, 2023

More likely than not, there will eventually come a time when you need to change the info used to log into your iCloud account. Doing so is extremely easy, and the security benefits make it worth it. Here’s how to reset your iCloud account email and password.

QUICK ANSWER

To change your iCloud email and password, you'll need to change your Apple ID. On the web, you can do that by going to appleid.apple.com. Be sure you have at least one method of confirming the change, such as a phone number or associated email address.


JUMP TO KEY SECTIONS

How to change your iCloud password on an iPhone or iPad

To change your iCloud password on an iOS device, go to your Apple ID in Settings, and tap Password and Security.

ios icloud change password

Tap Change Password. You should be asked to sign in with your current password.

ios icloud change password link

Now enter your new password twice and save.

ios icloud enter new password

How to change your iCloud email address on an iPhone or iPad

To change your iCloud email address on an iOS device, go to Settings > Apple ID and tap Name, Phone Numbers, Email.

ios icloud change email

On the next screen, tap Edit.

change email address icloud ios

A red circle will appear to the left of the email address. Tap this to remove it. If there’s no other address available, you’ll be prompted to enter a new one. The new address should receive a verification link, which you’ll then have to click or tap to confirm changes.

enter new email address icloud ios

How to change your iCloud password on a Mac

To change your iCloud password on a Mac, go to the Apple menu in the top left-hand corner and select System Settings (or System Preferences). Next, click Apple ID.

macos system preferences

Click Password and Security.

system preferences macos change password

On the next screen, click Change Password. You’ll be asked to enter your current password first, and then you can enter the new one.

macos screen preferences change password

How to change your iCloud email address on a Mac

Bizarrely, you can’t change your iCloud email address directly in System Settings, despite there being a “Name, Phone, Email” section above Password and Security. Instead, you have to open a web browser and go to appleid.apple.com.

Click Sign In and log in with your current details. Then under Sign-In and Security, click on Apple ID.

appleid

Enter your new email address and click on the verification link sent to the address by Apple.

change apple id web

FAQs

If your primary iCloud email address is an iCloud email account, you’ll have to add a secondary non-iCloud address first. When the secondary account is verified, make it the primary. You should then be able to remove the iCloud email account.

It’s possible, but generally, everything automatically updates in the background without logging you out first.