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Solving an Apple ID problem if I move to iCloud

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Larry McJunkin Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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Mar 25, 2012 5:53 AM

After many years of being a Mac user, I still contend the most un-Apple like thing they do is the restriction process of Apple IDs.  I might be wrong, and hopefully I am, but here is my current situation and how I'd like to change it.


1.  I'm currently a Google Apps user (because I can use my own domain) so I now live in the Google Cloud.  That said, now that I've switched from Android to the iPhone 4S and I'm about to get an iPad, I would rather just be "all Apple" (you'd think Apple would like this and make it easy for people to come back 100% into the Apple corral...but they don't).


2.  My current (and only) Apple ID is my Gmail email address, as is my iTunes ID.  But if I dump Google completely and move everything to, iCal, iCloud, etc. I'll "forever" have to use my old Gmail email address as my Apple ID and iCloud login (I think I can change my iTunes one to my address, though...not even sure about that).


3  In a perfect world, I'd like to simply make my current Apple ID disappear and use my email address as my Apple ID for everything on iCloud and iTunes.  One thing I will not do is move everything over to iCloud and then have to use an old Gmail address as my Apple ID for the rest of my life.


I'm sure I know the answer to number (3.) is "no", but thought I'd ask anyway, just in case there is some magic that can be worked.  If not, does anyone know if Apple is ever going to change things to allow changing the Apple ID?  I know there are thousands out there with the same issue...all you have to do is Google the problem.  Thanks for any help or ideas.

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.3), 256GB - 24" LED Cinema Display
  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,665 points)

    You can change your Apple ID, you just cannot change it to a me address.


    If you sign up for an iCloud account, you will be given a me address. You can use that me address for mail, or for logging into any of your accounts. You will however receive any notifications at your primary address, which will be your Gmail address.

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,665 points)

    Yes, it is a little strange, but that's how it is. Also you cannot use a non email address as a primary address, as you need to be able receive notifications and verify your account changes.

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,665 points)

    If you have your gmail mail forwarded to your me address, you can effectively operate as you would like.

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,665 points)

    It also tells you that you cannot change your primary address into a me address.


    People wouldn't need to communicate with you by using your gmail address, they could use your me address (your alternate address), you would just need to use the forwarding for your notifications from Apple.

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,665 points)

    If you had actually typed in your me address and hit save, you would have seen a message saying you cannot use a me address as a primary ID.

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,665 points)

    I don't know what would happen if you stopped using your gmail account, I assume it would cause problem if you needed to verify anything on your account.


    I can't explain Apple's decision here, only try to explain how it works, I wouldn't know if they decided to do things this way or were forced to because of a technical problem.


    However, on your other point, I don't believe it's possible to have an Internet connection, be it at home or on a phone without also getting an email address.

  • mmacnama Calculating status...

    Correct me if I'm wrong but there's nothing stopping you from creating a new account using apple's iCloud service. Therefore if you wanted to abandon your gmail account all together. Head over to and create a new account, then over to the iTunes store to set up an Apple ID using this new address. Now you're all setup with a single account for all of your apple communications.


    Where YOU might run into trouble is where you have made previous purchases using a different email address in the past (in this case your gmail address). Those purchases will remain associated with that old account. Therefore any time you want to update those Apps or redownload music that's been purchased with the other account you will need to sign in with the old ID.


    Hopefully at some point in the future Apple will make it possible to merge iTunes accounts associated with different Apple ID/email addresses. Until then, new users will be able to go the single route and older users will either have to start fresh from today or continue using two accounts.


    Hope this helps.

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