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  1. Mark K.
    January 29, 2018

    It should be noted that if you’re using two-factor authentication, you need to turn that off BEFORE signing out of all your devices or you won’t be able to use one or another to validate against the others.

    Also, you apparently can’t use an icloud ALIAS as your new Apple login. It has to be the ORIGINAL icloud (or .Mac) account name you set up. I learned both these things the hard way, because… “It just works!”

  2. Saw
    January 30, 2018

    Nice to know it’s possible but what are the benefits? Why changing if there’s no added value? Maybe I’m missing something.

  3. Jshell
    January 30, 2018

    Mark: not true, you can use your iCloud account. I got it working. Took a few tries but did work.

    • Sheri
      January 30, 2018

      I believe Mark is correct. My Apple ID, which I use as my main email address (@icloud.com), contained my married name. When I changed my name to my maiden name, I wanted to change the email address to match my maiden name. But you can’t change an icloud.com Apple ID so I had to create an alias.
      I use the alias for all email but to sign into *anything* that requires my Apple ID, I still have to use the version with my married name. An alias is not accepted when logging in with your Apple ID.
      I wish Apple would revise this whole policy. Years ago I unknowingly created a second Apple ID. Once I realized what I’d done, I wanted to combine them into one but that’s not possible. So I’m stuck w/2 Apple IDs and always need to remember which one I’m using for what.

  4. RA
    January 30, 2018

    I have got such a new one from iCloud and it was working for a time. But since Windows has got all e–Mailbox together, it cannot working.
    Thank you very much for helping us !

  5. avenged110
    January 30, 2018

    Such a wonderful change. I waited years to finally be able to use my Apple email for my Apple account without having to retain a third-party account. Pretty ridiculous it took this long.

  6. dumptruck
    January 30, 2018

    Still holding hope for the day when Apple will allow you merge purchases made prior to *@mac.com Apple ID with your current Apple ID. This would free up 2 positions in my current family account…

  7. JamesT
    January 31, 2018

    Now, try and revert it…impossible. Even called Apple Support and was told I could only use my iCloud email to login, not my Gmail…#nothappy

    • space2001
      January 31, 2018

      yep – that’s working as designed as noted several times in this article:

      “But there’s an important catch: this is a one way street and you can’t change the email address back to a third party email address after you switch it to an Apple domain”

  8. Rob
    January 31, 2018

    My 1st AppleID was for iTunes (@hotmail.com) and when I got iPhones and Macs, I continued using that to purchase apps. I then got a MobileMe account (@me.com). When iCloud launched, the @me.com account became my iCloud login, but I still used @hotmail for App Store and iTunes purchases.

    I have made a handful of purchases with the @me.com login, so I switch between iTunes\App Store logins from time to time. The Apple Store app uses iTunes login, but I generally make appointments and purchases\pickups using my iCloud account, so geo-fencing doesn’t work properly unless I remember to switch iTunes logins before arriving.

    All this to say, it remains a hot mess. I assume if I were able to use my iCloud credentials to login to my iTunes account, I would be creating an even bigger mess as the credits and purchases on the two AppleID would presumably not combine.

    I get it that Apple is reluctant to allow purchase and credit transfers, but it would be nice to be able to do so once, to an iCloud account only to allow me to simplify my life. That, or allow me to login to two iTunes accounts simultaneously, provided one is iCloud.

  9. Jim D
    February 4, 2018

    Thank you for this. Maybe I can finally dump an old email address I’ve kept active for years that I no longer use. I just completed this. One thing I’d like to point out. I did not log out of all my devices and they were automatically updated with no problem. Did not have to log out and log back in.

  10. Andrew
    February 18, 2018

    Is this just for US users? I have tried this (as I have in years past) but still get “you cannot use @me.com address as your Apple ID. Tried on my Mac, iPad and iPhone and it doesn’t work. Even tried @iCloud.com still no go. Whats up with this site? I just wasted hours logging out of all my devices and attempting this multiple times. An answer would be nice too.

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