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How to change Apple ID on iPhone

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linda mfromsouth bend Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 25, 2011 8:15 PM

I had to change my email address and I've also changed it in iTunes, however now I can't log into iTunes to purchase apps from my iPhone.  It still shows my old Apple ID and I can't figure out how to change it.  I've synced my phone with computer but doesn't help.

  • gdgmacguy Level 6 Level 6 (18,405 points)
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    Jun 25, 2011 9:37 PM (in response to linda mfromsouth bend)

    Settings>Store>tap on your AppleID.  Log out and log in with your new account info

  • TH.E Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 23, 2011 5:29 AM (in response to gdgmacguy)

    YES! this worked. Other answers recommended wiping the iPhone and starting as new. Don't need to do that. Just go to the Store as recommended. I didn't succeed by creating a new ID, as it told me mine already existed, but log in with the CORRECT ID.

    THANK YOU!!!

  • cctexas94 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 24, 2011 3:58 PM (in response to linda mfromsouth bend)

    same question I had and such a simple answer - thanks for preventing me from a total reboot!

  • exZ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 28, 2011 9:30 AM (in response to gdgmacguy)

    I did it, but my phone (ios5) still keep the older apple id :/ pls dont tell me that i`ll need to reset my phone again!!!

  • Chiel@Utrecht Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 30, 2011 2:48 AM (in response to exZ)

    1. Go to Settings > Store and logout your ID.

    2. I restarted my iPhone, but probably you don't need to

    3. Go to the app Store and update your apps / buy an app

    4. The app Store will ask you to login

    5. Tap Login with existing account and fill it with your new account details

     

    That's it!

  • tinkerbelle2012 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 20, 2011 6:48 AM (in response to gdgmacguy)

    Thank you!  This worked for me as well.  I can't belive how simple it was!!

  • darcyfromhuntington beach Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 11, 2011 12:31 PM (in response to linda mfromsouth bend)

    I changed my apple ID for home sharing, so I tried the above method to change the ID on the iphone. But it does not change, when I try to update apps I am still prompted for the password for the old ID?

  • peapee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 13, 2011 6:49 AM (in response to darcyfromhuntington beach)

    I had the same problem. Someone please help me!

     

    I created a brand new account with a new Apple ID and password. I signed out of my account from Settings > Store on my iPhone. I quit out of App Store. I restarted my phone. Then signed back in from Settings > Store. Then opened the App Store. Tried to update an app... and my old Apple ID was still there!! So I obviously couldn't log in with my new ID and password!

     

    This is getting a little frustrating cuz I tried everything that they've suggested here. And some of the suggestions I can't even try because it won't changed my ID to the new one.

     

    Please help!

  • Fred.Bal4 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 16, 2011 7:36 AM (in response to peapee)

    Same frustrating problem of iPhone's App Store asking for password with an obsolete Apple username.

     

    Specific situation:

    > I had a free flashlite app loaded a couple of years back.

    > App Store indicated an update

    > Clicked on "update" and iPhone asked for password for obsolete username's password.

    > Went through all of the "fixes" in this thread including shutting down iPhone after logging out.

    > App Store still asks for obsolete username do to update.

    > I was able to load new apps without the obsolete username coming up.

    > My Assumption:

       - The flashlite app loaded two years ago was associated

          with the Apple Username at that time and nothing in the above

          thread was going to change that association.

       - Brute force solution:

         - delete the Flashlite app (it was free anyway)

         - Search and download the same flashlite app.

         - Bingo, same app in place (updated) and iPhone is not asking me for password

           to obsolete username anymore.  At least for that app.

    > We'll see if some other old apps, if they ever have any updates,

        ask for the obsolete username.

     

    Given my 48 years associated with software, I'm expecting to see this problem rise up again.  (I wrote programs for Michigan State's hand-made vacuum tube computer in an Intro to Programming class in 1963, the last course in my undergrad engineering degree.)

  • anik.kare Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 16, 2011 5:48 PM (in response to Fred.Bal4)

    ONE important thing no one is mentioning. If the app was bought using another Apple ID then the one you are trying to change to, you will not be able to update it. You can, of course, purchase or download free ones using your new ID.

  • 2CBG Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 18, 2011 4:10 AM (in response to gdgmacguy)

    My wife and I have separate iphones but with the same Apple ID. Its irritating that we get each others apps etc.

    Can I just change the Apple ID on her phone to a new one, knowing that the original Apple ID will still be there for me to use.

    She does not care about not being able to update Apps purchased with the original ID.

    Hope this is possible without having to reset/restore her phone and start again.

    Any help or re-assurances would be appreciated.

  • Phil_Wants_2_help Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 21, 2011 5:03 PM (in response to exZ)

    I am on the latest release 5.0.1 and once you discover how to do this it is so obvious

     

    settings, store, apple id, sign out, sign in, use existing, "key in the desired id", ok, enter password, ok

     

     

    All app download by any id remain on the iphone until deleted or phone is reset.  I assume only the apps downloaded with the active apple id will get updated.

     

    It didn't dawn on me to just click on the id to change it.  You can switch back and forth between id's and have multiple apple accounts if you desire.

  • Rampilow Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 26, 2011 2:05 AM (in response to gdgmacguy)

    ohh thank god i found this i must be a dud to have not thought of this.
    thanks man!!!

  • soodabobble Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 30, 2011 3:55 PM (in response to linda mfromsouth bend)

    Thank you so much!  I had the same problem and this worked great!

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