4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 27, 2008 9:53 AM by joshz
Thomas Halenbeck Level 2 Level 2 (395 points)
Hello all,
I used to have a .MAC account by the time I created my Apple-ID. Even though I have quit my .MAC account, I could log in to Apple discussion using my .MAC-Email address. I never got it managed to change this to a current email address. But I did not care, as I could work with discussions even though the email address was not valid anymore.
Now I have a MobileMe-Account and I changed MyInfo accordingly to the new me.com mail address (glad this was possible meanwhile). I was expecting that I can use this new address as my new AppleID and log into the discussion. But every time I try to do so, I am treated as a new member.
Is there any way to change my AppleID without loosing my credentials?
Thx for any info on that!

Alu iMac 24" 4GB and some other stuff, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (46,545 points)
    You can't change it. You have to create a new name/alias. Look at this link posted by an Apple Discussions moderator (Apple employee): http://discussions.apple.com/ann.jspa?annID=558

     Cheers, Tom

  • joshz Level 4 Level 4 (3,280 points)
    You don't need to change it. The AppleID is just a username.

    If you just change your e-mail address (NOT AppleID) in the My Info page, that's enough.
    AppleIDs do NOT have to be your actual e-mail address.

    Message was edited by: joshz

    EDIT: You are obviously able to post successfully, so as long as your current account has the correct e-mail address in "My Settings", under "Email:", you don't need to change anything.

    Message was edited by: joshz
  • Thomas Halenbeck Level 2 Level 2 (395 points)
    Yep, I ran into that posting previously. But I was not aware how my AppleID is related to the "Public Alias". As you can see, all my postings are marked as being created from "Thomas Halenbeck" which is my name as well as my public alias. My AppleID is like "xxxxxx@mac.com" which used to be my mail address some years ago. I knew that the AppleID is just a username and by that time it was somehow "defaulting" to my .MAC account (to be honest, I dont remember the exact process).

    However, I have the feeling there ought to be a way to either create a new account and transfer my points or just change the AppleID.
    Any more thoughts? 1000Thx in advance!
  • joshz Level 4 Level 4 (3,280 points)
    However, I have the feeling there ought to be a way to either create a new account and transfer my points or just change the AppleID.

    Nope, no way. Just keep using the account you are logged into currently. It won't cause any problems.
    My AppleID and my e-mail address are different, and it hasn't caused any problems at all.

    You don't need to worry about it. Just don't use the new account, and, in "My Info", click "Email", and change the address to the new one. You can leave your AppleID alone.