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Apple Alternate ID

2563 Views 14 Replies Latest reply: Nov 3, 2013 8:30 AM by Jslusar41 RSS
Sandovalmp Calculating status...
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How do I remove my or change my ALTERNATE APPLE ID?

MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2010), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • softwater Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)
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    Sep 30, 2012 3:27 AM (in response to Sandovalmp)

    Try this link



    and click the large blue  'Manage your Apple ID' button on the right.

  • MK Coolum Beach Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 6, 2012 9:40 PM (in response to softwater)

    This wont allow you to remove, edit or change the alternate ID.


    Another time wasting effort by Apple to confuse everything.  I want 1 ID only, which was set up years ago.  I'll tell you if I want an alternative.  Don't just create it & not let me manage it.



  • Clow Reed Calculating status...
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    Oct 9, 2012 1:21 PM (in response to Sandovalmp)

    Has anyone figured this out yet? I absolutely need to change my alternate Apple ID. I changed my Apple ID because it was my original E-mail address, except hosted in another domain.


    I changed my ID because I think someone is after my private info. If people can log in using my Alternate Apple ID (which is the original E-mail also, in another domain), then this completely defeats the purpose of changing my main ID.


    I set up all this when I was young and stupid. Please someone tell me there IS a way to change the Alternate Apple ID.

  • Mr. Luigi Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 17, 2012 9:25 PM (in response to Clow Reed)

    Hi Clow Reed,


    There are several Apple Forum Discussion on this very topic.  All end the one has found a way to change the Alternate Apple ID.


    This is simply nasty.

  • Loxx Calculating status...
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    Dec 18, 2012 6:11 PM (in response to Sandovalmp)

    My EX WIFE somehow managed to set her email address as MY alternate ID, and I want to delete it!


    If someone can PLEASE post on here from APPLE & allow me to change the alternate ID - because this is REDICULOUS!

  • markwmsn Level 4 Level 4 (3,945 points)
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    Dec 20, 2012 2:55 PM (in response to Loxx)



    We're all just users here trying to help each other. If you want an answer from Apple, contact Apple.

  • sfrav Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 13, 2013 5:50 PM (in response to markwmsn)

    Just got off with tech support on this alternate ID thing.  It gets created by their system (they never warn you or alert you that you are even getting one) and is created with an or ending, and starts with what ever email it finds attached to your account other than your primary email that it is using for your primary id.  NO you cannot change it, whats more, even tech support cannot change it.  You are stuck with it for life under that account unless Apple changes it software.  It uses the same password as your primary ID, so can be used as a different logon if for some strange reason using your main ID doesnt seem to be working.  Thats the official word from tech support.

  • Diane Huntress Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 24, 2013 7:17 AM (in response to sfrav)

    Thank you so much.  Been trying to correct my iclould email address/alternate Apple ID since June 2012 when I purchased the iphone 4s.  I'm on the road out of the country and unable to call Apple. 


    I too am sorry for the fact that Apple has no way of helping customers with this.

  • Joseph1113 Calculating status...
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    Feb 24, 2013 8:11 AM (in response to Sandovalmp)

    When you create yoyr icloud email adrress (or your Alternate Apple ID) you have a message telling you that you can't change this adress... I also wanted to change my icloud adress and I contacted Apple Support and they gave me the same answer...

  • VishwanathJ Calculating status...
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    Feb 27, 2013 6:19 AM (in response to sfrav)

    Why can't Apple allow us to remove that alternate address when it can calmly go ahead & shut down the service? I request Apple to put in some effort to relieve us of this alternate pain.

  • Rod Christiansen Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Feb 28, 2013 12:20 PM (in response to sfrav)

    I actually want to link an Alternate Apple ID with my current Apple ID.


    Here is the scenario, I have 2 Apple IDs:


    1. iTunes Media purchases (apps, music, movies..) with Apple ID ''
    2. Personal iCloud (email, contacts, calendar) with Apple ID ''


    I have tried before to merge these two and I know its not possible but maybe by linking them as an Alternative Apple ID, it will solve my issues and I can have one Apple ID for everything.


    I have a friend who has been able to do this. Look at his account:

    apple id screen.jpg


    He can sign in with either emails and its one iCloud account!


    See the caption? "You can use your Apple ID or your Alternate Apple ID to access everything you do with Apple" Sounds to me like a merging of the accounts?


    Any ideas?

  • Bora56 Calculating status...
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    Apr 5, 2013 9:19 AM (in response to sfrav)

    Thanks so much for clueing me into the fact that this "generated" alternate ID has the same password as the primary.  Phew!  I've been struggling with this for days to get that pop-up to stop!!  Thanks for sharing your experience!!

  • tigersfan317 Calculating status...
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    Oct 12, 2013 8:53 PM (in response to Clow Reed)

    according to other answers on the forums, there STILL isn't a way to change your alternate apple id.  It's ridiculous that they have yet to address this issue since it's obviously a concern to so many people!

  • Jslusar41 Calculating status...
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    Nov 3, 2013 8:30 AM (in response to Sandovalmp)

    This makes no sense to me.  How is it I can change my Primary ID (or edit), but no options for a Secondary ID.  Please Apple, please explain this to me why this is such a dilemma??


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