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HT5441 how CAN I CHANGE MY "Alternate Apple ID"

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masoudfromdubai Calculating status...
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Nov 8, 2012 1:10 PM

how CAN I CHANGE MY "Alternate Apple ID"?

  • Jamtam Calculating status...

    How did you change your alternate apple id address? I have the same problem!

  • ryurkon Calculating status...
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    Dec 29, 2012 8:54 PM (in response to Jamtam)

    I have no idea! I just need to change the email bc i forgot the password. How can you change it??

  • song.craftsman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The problem I had was changine my Apple ID Alternate Email/Rescue Email address. If that's the same thing you're trying to do, I found the answer at the following link: which basically says the following:


    You can edit or delete your rescue email address at My Apple ID. To edit your rescue email address:

    1. Navigate to My Apple ID using your web browser.
    2. Click "Manage your account"
    3. When prompted, sign in using your Apple ID and password.
    4. Click Password & Security
    5. You'll be asked to answer 2 of your 3 security questions before you can make any modifications. If you are unable to remember your answers, you can choose to send an email to your rescue email to reset your security questions.


    I hope that helps.

  • Martin Hanley Calculating status...

    I'm afraid that's not the case.


    Apparently you can't change or delete an Alternate Apple ID. From an Apple support where I asked how to delete an Alternate Apple ID:


    "Thank you for sending the screenshot. I've contacted our senior advisor about your concern and as it turns out, it is not possible to edit or remove the Apple ID that you've enter on your account. I apologize for the inconvenience."


    Unbelievably poor.

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,940 points)

    Your 'alternate Apple ID' and your 'Rescue address' are not the same thing.


    The alternate Apple ID is for example the version of your address - only people who originally had an address have this - and as it's the same as the address you can't change it.


    The 'rescue address' is a non-Apple address to which password or security question resets can be sent, and is set in the 'Password and Security' section at

  • 4heathbars Calculating status...

    So my address is automatically paired with my wife's  Does this mean that I can never ever use icloud.  She does not like that I am getting all of her sync data and neither do I.  There must be a way to fix this.  Someone please advise.  Otherwise icloud is useless.

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,940 points)
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    Jan 8, 2014 2:14 AM (in response to 4heathbars)

    You are evidently both using the same iCloud account, so inevitably you share all the data. iCloud was never designed for mulpitple users. You can't separate from - they are effectively the same address.


    If you want to keep your email separate from your wife's you are going to have to open a completely separate iCloud account; however you won't be able to move your address to it, so it's a choice between changing your email address and putting up with the existing sharing.


    Changing your email address is a bit of a hassle as you have to email all your contacts and ask them to use the new one, but this happens quite a lot and most people are used to seeing this. You could also set up a Rule on your wife's iCloud account to forward anything addressed to to your new address, so that you would still catch mail from people who hadn't updated and ask them to.


    (To set up a Rule go to and on the Mail page click the cogwheel icon at bottom left: choose 'Rules'.)


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