Moving an iTunes account to a new e-mail address
Ask iLounge offers readers the opportunity to get answers to their iPod-, iPhone-, iPad-, iTunes-, or Apple TV-related questions from a member of the iLounge editorial team. We'll answer several questions here each week, and of course, you can always get help with more immediate concerns from the iLounge Discussion Forums. Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask iLounge Submit Form. We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length.
Q: I setup a new e-mail address after my computer that contained my iTunes library was stolen and I’m wondering how I move my iTunes account to this new email address? My iPod nano is already connected to the old email.
A: Your computer and your iPod nano will be associated with an Apple ID for your iTunes Store account, not an e-mail address per se. In most cases, your Apple ID is the same as your e-mail address, but that similarity exists in the name only, and you can easily change your Apple ID to any other valid e-mail address simply by going to http://appleid.apple.com and choosing the Manage Your Apple ID option.
You’ll need to sign in with your existing Apple ID (your old e-mail address), after which you’ll be shown a screen listing your name, Apple ID/primary e-mail address and any alternate e-mail addresses configured for your account. Simply click the “Edit” link beside your e-mail address that you want to change, and enter a new e-mail address.
Note that the new address cannot already be in use as a primary or alternate e-mail address for another Apple ID, and you will also receive an e-mail and have to verify the e-mail address before the change is finalized.
Once this has been done, you will need to use the new e-mail address to log into anything requiring your Apple ID, such as your iTunes Store account. Since you’re dealing with a stolen computer, it’s probably also a good idea to change your password as well, which can be done from the same Apple ID account management screen.
Although you do need to authorize the new computer for your iTunes Store account if you haven’t done so already, this is a function of it being a new computer, and has nothing to do with changing your e-mail address or Apple ID, since the underlying account remains the same—only the name is changing. Nothing at all needs to change on your iPod nano, since it is the same physical hardware, and doesn’t really have any e-mail address associated with it at all.
Note that any content purchased from the iTunes Store will continue to show your old e-mail address on the Summary page as iTunes does not update the Apple ID on content already in your library. Again, however, this is simply a display name for the account; the underlying Apple ID and iTunes Store account remains the same regardless of what the actual ID name is.
Keep in mind that there is no specific requirement to change your e-mail address as far as iTunes and your iPod are concerned simply because you’ve lost your previous computer, but it is definitely a good security practice if you’re concerned that your previous e-mail account may have been compromised as a result of the stolen computer; the thief wouldn’t inherently gain access to your iTunes Store account simply from your e-mail address, but the address is used for things like sending password reset e-mails and if they have the ability to receive e-mail on that computer, that would allow your Apple ID and any other accounts associated with that e-mail address to be easily compromised.
- Will removing a credit card from Safari also remove it from Apple Pay?
- Can I mute Handoff calls coming into my Mac from my iPhone?
- How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?
- Why doesn’t Traffic show up on my Today Notifications Screen?
- Why doesn’t my iPhone reconnect to Wi-Fi after I turn it on?
- Why can’t I see the iPad-style landscape view on my iPhone 6 Plus?
- iOS 10.3 to improve in-app rating experience, allow developers to respond to App Store reviews
- Apple releases first iOS 10.3, tvOS 10.2 betas
- Pokémon Duel released for iOS
- Report: India likely to reject Apple’s tax break requests
- Apple releases iTunes 12.5.5
- Apple releases tvOS 10.1.1, watchOS 3.1.3
- Apple releases iOS 10.2.1
- Foxconn considering $7B investment in ‘highly automated’ U.S. facility for Apple
- KGI: 3D Touch upgrade coming in new iPhone, Touch ID and facial recognition upgrades in future model
- Apple files lawsuit accusing Qualcomm of withholding patent royalties
- Revogi Smart Lightbulb, Smart Lightstrip, Smart Candle + Smart Meter Plug
- Audeze iSine10 In-Ear Headphones
- MOCACARE MOCACuff Connected Blood Pressure Monitor
- Apple AirPods
- Elgato Eve Motion
- Olloclip Core Lens Set for iPhone 7/7 Plus
- Logitech Pop Home Switch Starter Pack
- Elgato Eve Light Switch
- iHome iPLWBT5 Docking Clock Radio for iPhone and Apple Watch
- Brydge 12.9 iPad Pro Keyboard
- Top Five: The Best Products for Building a Smart Home with HomeKit
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of watchOS 3
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 10
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Photos gets Advanced Computer Vision
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers ‘clarity and simplicity’
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Maps gets a major redesign
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 shakes up the user experience
- Inside the betas: watchOS 3 promises a real speed boost
- Inside the betas: A sneak peek at what’s new in tvOS 10