Complete Guide On How To Delete Apple ID And Create A New One

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Face it: You have more online accounts than you can really manage. This includes the ones you use all the time like Netflix, Facebook, and Amazon. Others used less often may be a travel app for a particular destination or a one-off purchase at a shopping site.

You don’t give any of these much thought until you receive a message your account has been hacked or you decide to delete your account. These concerns are multiplied for your Apple ID because it controls access to so many different devices and applications such as your iPhone, iTunes, iCloud, and Apple’s App Store.

Ideally, you’ll never need to delete your Apple ID, but maybe you have a good reason to do so.

For example, perhaps your account has become compromised, and it’s better to start over with a new one. Or maybe you’ve decided to move to a smartphone with a different operating system and want to delete this account you’ll no longer be using.

No matter the situation, we’ll go over how to delete Apple ID and create a new one if that’s your best option.

Modifying Your Apple ID Information

When deleting your account, first make sure all the credit card and other payment information have been removed from it.

In addition, remove or alter other personal information like your birthdate and contact info as much as allowed so it’s harder to ever tie any record of this account to you in the future.

It’s especially important to change your email address if you want to use it for a new Apple ID account. That’s because once you delete your Apple ID, you will not be able to use the email address associated with that old account to create a new one.

The Impact Of Deleting Your Apple ID Account

To be on the safe side, let’s go over the ramifications of deleting your Apple ID so you can make sure that’s what you really want to do. After your account is deleted:

  • All your iCloud files – videos, photos, music, documents, and any additional content – will be deleted.
  • You won’t be able to receive FaceTime calls or iMessages.
  • You won’t be able to log in to Find My iPhone, Apple Pay, the App store, the iTunes store, or the iBooks store.  
  • Any paid iCloud storage plan will be discontinued.
  • Open support tickets and any Apple Store appointments will be cancelled.

If you’ve purchased an AppleCare plan, however, it will continue to be valid.

What To Do Before Deleting Your Apple ID

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There are several steps you’ll want to complete before deleting your Apple ID to ensure minimum data loss and ease of continued service:

  • As noted above, change the email address linked to your current account if you want to use it with a new Apple ID.
  • Back up all iCloud data.
  • Download purchases such as any music or video files which don’t have digital rights management (DRM) restrictions.

Remember: Any subscriptions you have through your Apple ID will be cancelled at the beginning of the new billing period after your account is deleted.

How To Delete Apple ID

Unfortunately, how to delete Apple ID isn’t quite as simple as clicking a “Delete This Account” button. Instead, there are four steps you’ll need to complete. This will not only delete your account, but also ensure you’ll be able to use all the devices and applications associated with your Apple ID.

1. Remove Devices Connected to Your Apple ID

2. Turn Off the Find My iPhone App

3. Deauthorize & Sign Out of Your iTunes, Mac, and iOS Accounts

4. Delete Your Apple ID


How To Create An Apple ID

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Now that you know how to delete Apple ID, we’ll walk you through the steps to create a new account.

To create a new Apple ID on your Mac or PC is a ten-step process:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Select Account Sign In.
  3. Select Create New Apple ID.
  4. Agree to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.
  5. Fill out all the fields in the form to create a new Apple ID.
  6. Select Continue.
  7. Enter your payment information.
  8. Select Continue.
  9. Check your email for a verification email from Apple. 
  10. Complete the steps in the email to confirm your email address.

After you verify your email address, you can log into all Apple services and stores.

To create a new Apple ID on your iPhone or iPad is a ten-step process:

  1. Launch the iTunes Store App.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and select Sign In.
  3. Select Create New Apple ID.
  4. Select the country or region for your payment method’s billing address.
  5. Select Next.
  6. Agree to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.
  7. Fill out all the fields in the form to create a new Apple ID.
  8. Enter your payment information.
  9. Check your email for a verification email from Apple. 
  10. Complete the steps in the email to confirm your email address.

After you verify your email address, you can log into all Apple services and stores.

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