How To: Switch to a new Apple ID and keep all your purchases

Apple has made it no secret that it likes to keep things organized, especially when it comes to its own services. Still, people seem to neglect this fact when it comes to switching their Apple ID. In case you did not already know, your account is tied to everything you have ever purchased on Apple’s services. Of course, the company is not cruel and it provides an easy way for you to change your primary email address without losing anything you have previously bought.

How to change your Apple ID and keep your purchases

Apple ID Change

1. Before doing anything else, it is highly recommended that you disable several Apple services as they are constantly being monitored and might make the transition faulty. Begin by signing out of iCloud, the iTunes Store, the App Store and FaceTime. Then, disable Find My Friends, Find My iPhone and iMessage in each and every one of your devices that uses your Apple ID.

2. Head over to My Apple ID.

3. Select the Manage your Apple ID option and sign in to your existing account.

4. Click on the Edit option next to the “Apple ID and Primary Email Address” item.

5. Enter your new email address and select the Save Changes option.

6. Apple will send you a verification email so log in your email client, open Apple’s email and click on the Verify Now option.

7. This should take you to the My Apple ID page so sign in with your new Apple ID email address and you will see a message that verification is complete.

8. You are now free to log back into all of the previous services with your new Apple ID which will also contain everything you have previously purchased.