How to Update Apple ID Account Information

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Making sure the information in your Apple ID account is up to date is crucial. Your Apple ID contains a lot of information about you: your address, credit card, the country you live in, and ​your email address. You probably added that information to your account when you bought your first Apple computer or iPhone and then forgot it was there.

If you move, change credit cards, or make some other change that affects this information, you need to update your ​​Apple ID so that it continues to work properly. How you go about updating your Apple ID depends on what you need to change and whether you use a computer or an iOS device.

(On the other hand, if you've forgotten your Apple ID password, rather than needing to change it, you'll need to reset it. ​Learn how to do that here.)​

How to Update Apple ID Credit Card and Billing Address in iOS

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To change the credit card used with Apple ID for all iTunes and App Store purchases on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, follow these steps:

  1. Tap ​Settings on the Home screen.
  2. Tap your name at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Payment & Shipping.
  4. To change the credit card, tap the card in the Payment Method field.
  5. If prompted, enter your iPhone passcode.
  6. Enter the information for the new card you want to use: cardholder's name, card number, expiration date, three-digit CVV code, a phone number associated with the account, and the billing address.
  7. Tap Save.​
  8. When the card has been verified and all information is accurate, you'll be returned to the Payment & Shipping screen.
  9. At this point, you've already updated your billing address, but if you want to put a shipping address on file for future Apple Store purchases, tap Add a Shipping Address and fill out the fields on the next screen.​​

How to Update Apple ID Credit Card and Billing Address on Android

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If you subscribe to Apple Music on Android, you can update the credit card used to pay for the subscription right on your device. Just follow these steps:

  1. Open the Apple Music app.
  2. Tap the three-line icon in the upper-left corner.
  3. Tap your photo or name at the top of the menu.
  4. Tap ​View Account at the bottom of your profile.
  5. Tap Manage Membership.​
  6. Tap Payment Information​.
  7. Enter your Apple ID password, if asked for it.
  8. Add your new credit card number and billing address.
  9. Tap Done.

How to Update Apple ID Credit Card and Billing Address on a Computer

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If you'd prefer to use a good old computer to update the credit card on file in your Apple ID, you can. You just need a web browser (it can also be done through iTunes, be selecting the Account menu ​​and then clicking ​View My Account).​​ Follow these steps:

  1. In a web browser, go to https://appleid.apple.com.
  2. Enter your Apple ID and password to sign in.​
  3. Scroll down to Payment & Shipping and click Edit.
  4. Enter a new payment method, billing address, or both. You can also enter a shipping address for future Apple Store purchases, if you'd like. 
  5. Click Save.​

How to Change Your Apple ID Email and Password in iOS (Third-Party Email)

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The steps for changing the email address you use for your Apple ID ​depend on what kind of email you used to create the account originally. ​If you use an Apple-supplied email, skip to the next section of this article. If you use Gmail, Yahoo, or another third-party email address, follow these steps:

  1. Stay signed into your Apple ID on the iOS device you want to use to change your Apple ID. Sign out of every other Apple service and device that uses the Apple ID you're changing, including other iOS devices, Macs, Apple TVs, etc.​
  2. Tap Settings on the Home screen.
  3. Tap your name at the top of the screen.
  4. Tap Name, Phone Numbers, Email.
  5. Tap Edit in the Reachable At section.
  6. Tap the red - icon next to the email used for your current Apple ID. ​
  7. Tap Delete.​
  8. Tap Continue.
  9. Enter the new email address you want to use for your Apple ID.​
  10. Tap Next to save the change.
  11. Apple sends an email to the address you just changed your Apple ID to. Enter the verification code contained in the email.
  12. Sign into all Apple devices and services using the new Apple ID.​

How to Change Your Apple ID Email and Password on a Computer (Apple Email)

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If you use an Apple-supplied email (icloud.com, me.com, or mac.com) for your Apple ID, you can only change to another one of those email addresses. The new email you use also needs to be associated with your account already (as seen in the Reachable At section of your Account, as listed at ​appleid.apple.com). Here's what you need to do:​

  1. In a web browser, go to https://appleid.apple.com.
  2. Enter your Apple ID and password to sign in.
  3. Click Edit in the Account section.
  4. Click Change Apple ID.​​
  5. The list of email addresses associated with your account is displayed. Choose the one you want to use.
  6. Click Continue.​​​
  7. Click Done.
  8. Make sure that all of your Apple devices and services like FaceTime and iMessage are signed into the new Apple ID.

NOTE: This process also works for changing Apple IDs that use third-party email address using a computer. The only difference is that in step 5 you can enter any email address and that you'll need to verify the new address via an email Apple sends to you.