Apple ID data is not permanent. The e-mail you associate with it and its password may change, in the same way as you can with the rest of the personal data that you provide. The only thing you have to do is be a little careful depending on the situation, but Apple has made it easy for us to keep our account set up correctly and be able to change your apple id whenever you want.
How to change your Apple ID and always have it up to date
First, we need to know what our Apple ID is. You must know at least the email and password of this account. In unforeseen times, this is information you will be happy to have remembered, as the Apple ID must be set up on all our devices.
The best thing to do to change the data of our Apple ID is do it through our iPhone, since surely we will have to resort to it to be able to pass the two-factor authentication even if we are using a Mac or a browser. If we don’t have an iPhone, we can do it through the Apple ID website.
On the iPhone, we can make the relevant changes from the Settings app. As soon as we enter it we will see our name in the header, and if we click on it we will access the options of our Apple ID. The first of them, ‘Name, phone numbers, email‘ allows us to modify all this personal data. But you should keep the following in mind:
- The new email you want to add cannot be the @icloud.com address of another Apple account you have.
- The new email you want to add nor can it be one that uses another Apple ID
- Your Apple ID should never contain someone else’s email or one that you no longer have access to for any reason.
- The new phone you want to add must be yours and Apple will check via text message to confirm. You can have multiple phone numbers associated with an Apple ID.
On ‘Password and Security‘ we will find the ‘Change Password’ option to do just that. We shouldn’t have any additional issues if the iPhone is configured correctly, and that includes addressing any pending security requests in these sections.
Apple won’t allow you to use simple passwords, such as those that include your name or year of birth. It also won’t support passwords you’ve used in the past.
As I said before, we can make the same changes on the Apple ID website. It’s less straightforward than with the iPhone, as you’ll be prompted for two-factor authentication to access all the options, but that may be an option if you don’t have an iPhone or it’s not Not practical. If this you will need another Apple device (a Mac or iPad) to complete the connection.
By the way, you can also completely remove your Apple ID (you may have left the ecosystem or created a different one). The process takes a few weeks to complete, but Apple guarantees that all your data is completely erased. To keep everything in sync, the most important thing is that you have the same Apple ID configured everywhere.