3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 1, 2013 6:12 AM by Winston Churchill
markyd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)



I am sure many ppl have this same problem ...


My Apple ID is has somehow been set-up with an "alternate Apple ID" that I do not want. In my case, the XX@me.com belongs to my girlfriend. This alternate ID is now causing big problems for me b/c I have upgraded to an iPhone, iPad and MacBookPro.


I would like to delete the 'alternate Apple ID' and keep my 'Apple ID' ... as I would like to take full advantage of synching all my devices and using photostream & iCloud properly (and privately).


How can I do this without losing all any of my iPhone settings or having to redo anything in iTunes?


Any help would be great ... this is really driving me nuts!




  • 1. Re: Changing my alternate apple ID
    Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,980 points)

    I'm afraid you can't change an iCloud mail address. In what way is the address causing problems.

  • 2. Re: Changing my alternate apple ID
    markyd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    G'Day Winston,


    Thanks for your help. The reason this is an issue is that for some reaosn my XX@icloud.com (actually, it's XX@me.com) is not mine, it's my girlfriend's. She also has an iPhone and the iPad at home is set up for her Apple ID.


    For some reason, our two accounts have this link.


    I guess none of this would be a problem if we could just delete both accounts and start all over. But, my nderstanding is that this will have repurcussions for iTunes and our iPhones (apps, etc.). Neither of us have started using any of the XX@me.com or XX@icloud.com emails yet - we simply use out gmail and hotmail accounts.


    What is the prurpose of the 'alternate apple id'?




  • 3. Re: Changing my alternate apple ID
    Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,980 points)

    The me.com and iCloud.com addresses are one and the same. It sounds to me as though you are using the same Apple ID for your iCloud account, this is often not a good idea.


    You can use the same Apple ID for your iTunes account and continue to share your iTunes content and other apps and books, but I would consider using separate Apple IDs for your iCloud account so that you do not mix up your contacts, calendars etc.


    The iCloud email address is a feature of iCloud, you do not need to use it if you do not wish to do so, but it is necessary to create this address in order for you to use iCloud notes.