How to switch Apple IDs on your iPhone or iPad

iPhone 14 Pro Apple ID
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If you own an iPhone, or any other Apple device for that matter, you'll be using an Apple ID to manage iCloud, your apps, Music, TV shows, and more.

Sometimes it can be handy to have more than one Apple ID, especially in the case of using your phone or tablet for both work and personal use. Here is a handy guide to quickly switch Apple IDs on an iPhone or iPad. 

If you are looking for how to change your Apple ID entirely, we have a separate guide for that and if you want to have separate Apple IDs for business purposes, you might want to check out how to use eSIM on iPhone to move between two different phone numbers.

What happens when you switch Apple IDs

Whether you keep content on your iPhone or iPad or erase it, some of your data will stay on your devices even after you switch Apple IDs. For example, contacts, photos, and calendar events (not only in iCloud) will remain.

Apps, music, books, and podcast subscriptions will stick around, but updating them will be a problem if you sign in to a different iTunes or App Store account than the one you purchased the content from.

When signing in to a different Apple ID, you'll be able to merge the content on your devices with the iCloud data associated with the other Apple ID. So, if you signed out of a work Apple ID, for example, and want to keep your work contacts, save them to your iPhone and then merge them when you sign in to your personal Apple ID.

How to sign out of your Apple ID

How to sign out of your Apple ID

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  1. Launch Settings on your iPhone or iPad
  2. Tap your Apple ID banner at the top of the screen
  3. Scroll to the bottom and tap Sign Out
  4. Tap Sign out of iCloud if you have different accounts for iCloud, iTunes, and App Store. Otherwise, proceed to Step 5
  5. Enter the password associated with your Apple ID
  6. Tap Turn Off for Find My iPhone
  7. Tap to turn on the category for any data you want to save locally on your iPhone. Remember, when you switch accounts, the information on your iPhone will merge with the new Apple ID data
  8. Tap Sign Out
  9. Tap Sign Out again to confirm that you want to sign out

How to sign in with a different Apple ID

After signing out of your current Apple ID, you can sign in to your iPhone or iPad with a different Apple ID.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad
  2. Tap Sign in to your iPhone (or iPad)

Sign in with a different Apple ID on iPhone by showing steps: Launch Settings, tap Sign In with Apple ID at the top (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap Email and enter the email address associated with the different Apple ID
  2. Enter the Password associated with the different Apple ID
  3. Tap Merge if you want to merge the data on your iPhone with the iCloud account associated with the different Apple ID. Tap Don't Merge if you don't want the content on the iPhone uploaded to iCloud in a different Apple ID account

Sign in with a different Apple ID on iPhone by showing steps: Input Apple ID email, input Apple ID password, tap Merge or Don't Merge for your localized data (Image credit: iMore)

How to add a second Apple ID

If you use multiple Apple IDs, such as having one for personal use and the other for work, you'll be glad to know that you can use more than one Apple ID on your device for things like email, contacts, notes, and more.

  1. Launch Settings
  2. Scroll down and tap one of the following: Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, or Reminders
  3. Tap Accounts

Add a second Apple ID to your iPhone by showing steps: Launch Settings, tap one of the following: Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, or Reminders, then tap Accounts (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap Add Account
  2. Tap iCloud
  3. Type in your Apple ID email, then tap Next
  4. Type in your password, then tap Next
  5. After verifying your info, tap the services that you want to turn on

Add a second Apple ID to your iPhone by showing steps: Tap Add Account, tap iCloud, enter your credentials (Image credit: iMore)

On another note, it's highly recommended that you enable two-factor authentication on your Apple ID for an extra layer of security, primarily if you use multiple accounts.

Switch Apple ID on iPhone to change things up or start fresh

If you've just purchased an iPhone 14 series, the best iPhone on the market, you want to have your Apple ID situation under full control. Switching Apple IDs on iPhone and iPad is pretty straightforward. There are many reasons why you may need to manage two Apple ID accounts on all of your devices, and it's a quick process. We highly recommend using 2FA if you do just for a little extra security.

Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.

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