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Changing Apple ID on my iPhone

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Weird Dad Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 15, 2011 10:53 AM
Hello,

I'm trying to figure out how to change the apple ID associated with my iphone. The phone was initially a gift that my ex registered with her account info. Now, I can't update apps without it asking for that particular password and using her account information. I believe she has an iphone now with the same apple ID, so I don't want to screw around with anything. I tried to associate the iphone with my own information in My Account, by registering the serial number of the iphone, but it does not appear to have switched to my account info. Any insight would be great!

Thanks.
iMac, iOS 4
  • thekball Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Feb 15, 2011 10:58 AM (in response to Weird Dad)
    You will probably need to restore the phone as a new phone under your iTunes account.
    iOS 4
  • AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9 (55,110 points)
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    Feb 15, 2011 11:20 AM (in response to Weird Dad)
    Hi,

    It's probably advisable to Restore it as a New Phone…

    Make sure your Computer is Connected to the Internet.

    Connect the iPhone to iTunes… Click on the phone when it shows up… and then Click on Restore and let it do it's thing…

    This could take a while… anywhere up to an hour… depending on your Internet Speed. But be patient & best not to interrupt it.

    When it's finished it will give you a choice to either Restore from a Backup or Restore as New… Chose Restore as New…

    A few minutes later you should have an iPhone that thinks it has just come out of the Box with the Latest iOS 4 2 1

    More Details here on Restoring:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1414

    And Here's a Link to the iPhone User Guide:

    http://manuals.info.apple.com/enUS/iPhone_iOS4_UserGuide.pdf

    Hope this Helps,

    Cheers
    iMac 27", Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9 (55,110 points)
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    Feb 15, 2011 11:48 AM (in response to Weird Dad)
    Hi,

    Have a read of these items on Syncing and check out the User Guide on 'Getting Started'... Before you do the _Restore as New_...

    See this Article for Syncing with iTunes:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1386

    And this Link for Syncing in General:

    http://www.apple.com/support/iphone/syncing/

    Hope this Helps,

    Cheers
    iMac 27", Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • sn4p2k Level 4 Level 4 (1,215 points)
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    Feb 15, 2011 11:50 AM (in response to Weird Dad)
    your not going to want to restore from a backup as this will probably bring the itunes account back in
    macbook pro 17 inch - iPhone 4, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (24,495 points)
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    Feb 15, 2011 12:18 PM (in response to Weird Dad)
    Weird Dad wrote:
    Hello,

    I'm trying to figure out how to change the apple ID associated with my iphone. The phone was initially a gift that my ex registered with her account info. Now, I can't update apps without it asking for that particular password and using her account information. I believe she has an iphone now with the same apple ID, so I don't want to screw around with anything. I tried to associate the iphone with my own information in My Account, by registering the serial number of the iphone, but it does not appear to have switched to my account info. Any insight would be great!

    Go to Settings/Store and log out. Then log in with a different Apple ID.
    MacBook Air, Intel iMac , Dell/Ubuntu 8, iPhone 3GS iOS 4.2.1, Mac OS X (10.6.6), Leopard 10.5.4 on iMac, XP via Fusion on MBA
  • djenkins452 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 2, 2011 5:55 AM (in response to Lawrence Finch)

    Perfect.  Thank you.

  • pollytext Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 2, 2011 3:27 AM (in response to Lawrence Finch)

    thank you so much lawrence. that's exactly what I needed to know too (due to a typo I've only just noticed on my iPhone). I am so glad I didn't need to do a total restore! phew.

  • judyfrommelissa Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 5, 2011 1:16 PM (in response to Lawrence Finch)

    Thank you Lawrence!  That helped me GREATLY!!

  • staceyfromsan francisco Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 3, 2011 5:04 PM (in response to Lawrence Finch)

    AWESOME, that was easy - thank god i didn't restore my phone as new!! You saved me TONS of time (read: MORE time than I have already spent!). Why can't Apple provide some basic instructions like this themselves?

  • amyfromsaint cloud Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 21, 2011 10:41 AM (in response to Lawrence Finch)

    Wow!  That was easy!  I was almost in heart failure!  LOL!  Seriously.

  • Gringota Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 14, 2012 4:25 PM (in response to Lawrence Finch)

    Thanks Lawrence, simple solve and saved me a trip to the Apple store.

  • Freedomcoach Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 16, 2012 12:37 PM (in response to Gringota)

    This discussion has already really helped me. My Mom (91 and not very tech savvy) and I both have a brand new iphone 4s.

     

    After syncing both our phones to my macbook iTunes, I found that my Mom's iphone had my Apple ID on it. Using the method described here in this thread, I was able to log out on her phone and log in to her new Apple ID account. So all is well.

     

    My concern is that if I sync her phone again to my iTunes, it may overwrite her Apple ID again. This should not happen because I understand iTunes treats each iphone separately but I want to be sure.

     

    If anyone here has knowledge about this, please post a response asap. I want to sync my mom's iphone once again before i leave on Thurs to go back to California.

     

    Sincerely,

    Howard

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