8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 30, 2012 10:25 AM by Csound1
Mark and Montse Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)

I have an old @mac.com email address that has been my Apple ID for many years (including the .mac account syncing. 

 

However, a couple years ago I stopped using that email address for actual email, because I get about 100 junk mail per day. 

 

I just upgraded to Lion OS and OS5 on iPhone, and out of habit put in the old @mac.com email address to set up iCloud.  Now I'm thinking I should have set it up using a NEW email address so that I can actually use the email functions without getting all that spam. 

 

When I tried to sign out of iCloud on my MacBook, it tells me it will delete all of my contacts and calendar info - has Apple gone nuts?! 

 

How do I change the email address I use for iCloud syncing without destroying all of my data?!


MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 3G memory
  • 2. Re: How to change AppleID for iCloud?
    Mark and Montse Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)

    This lets me change the Apple ID entirely, apparently, but not change the association with iTunes and iCloud?

     

    I was hoping to keep the same Apple ID that I use for iTunes, but change the Apple ID that I use for iCloud. 

     

    The info says you can have a different Apple ID for each, but once you've joined both to same email, there is no way to separate them again?!

  • 3. Re: How to change AppleID for iCloud?
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,765 points)

    I see no particular reason to have two Apple IDs. But what you can do is pretty much spelled out in those links.

  • 4. Re: How to change AppleID for iCloud?
    Montse and Mark Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    When we started out with iTunes, my wife and I used the same Apple ID, so we share applications, music on our laptops.  But we like to keep mail and contacts separate.  So that worked fine until I accidentally used our shared Apple ID when setting up iCloud.

     

    It seems odd that the one wrong step is not reversible?!

  • 5. Re: How to change AppleID for iCloud?
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,765 points)

    I don't think it's irreversible. The following may be helpful.

     

    iTunes Store- Associating a device or computer to your Apple ID

     

    I think you may just need to visit www.icloud.com and sign in under the desired Apple ID. Set up the new iCloud under that Apple ID. Then on the computer sign out of the iCloud account you are now using, then sign into the new one using the desired Apple ID. In iCal and Mail you can add in the new iCloud account then delete the one you don't want to use.

  • 6. Re: How to change AppleID for iCloud?
    Montse and Mark Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    OK, thanks.

     

    I seem to have changed it.  The message when I sign out from iCloud on Mac is something like "everything in Cloud will be deleted from this laptop".  When I sign out on iPhone, I am given a choice:  "everything will be deleted from iCloud - do you want to save on iPhone or Delete", so I chose "Save".  Then I felt safer signing out on Mac when I could see it was all still on iPhone... 

     

    The message I got on the MacBook Pro was what freaked me out when I started all this... 

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  • 7. Re: How to change AppleID for iCloud?
    pokgaizai Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey,actually i have an saperate account of apple ID and iCloud ID,what's the difference if it's join (though i know what done cannot be undone-cannot join once created)

  • 8. Re: How to change AppleID for iCloud?
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,385 points)

    Montse and Mark wrote:

     

    OK, thanks.

     

    I seem to have changed it.  The message when I sign out from iCloud on Mac is something like "everything in Cloud will be deleted from this laptop".  When I sign out on iPhone, I am given a choice:  "everything will be deleted from iCloud - do you want to save on iPhone or Delete", so I chose "Save".  Then I felt safer signing out on Mac when I could see it was all still on iPhone... 

     

    The message I got on the MacBook Pro was what freaked me out when I started all this... 

    Screen Shot 2011-11-05 at 5.49.10 PM.png

    That's normal, when you sign out of the account you lose access to the data in the account, when you sign back in it is put back