By Demi / Last update May 29, 2022

Can I change my Apple ID without losing everything?

Hello! My husband bought me an iPhone and set it up using his own Apple ID. I used it for a while but now I would like the iPhone to have my Apple ID without losing my data and apps which were downloaded under his ID. Is that possible? Thanks for your help!

- Question from Apple Community

Kinds of Apple services, like iCloud, Family Sharing, iTunes, etc. make Apple devices unique, and Apple ID is the ticket to them. Apple ID can not only keep your settings and Apple services up to date on all of your Apple devices but also keep your personal information secure. However, if you intend to change Apple ID, you may take the risk of losing data, which most of us cannot bear. This passage will give you two methods to how to change Apple ID without losing data.

Apple Id

Why do you want to change Apple ID?

People may have kinds of reasons to change Apple ID, and the following are the most common situations.

• Just like the question from Apple Community above, you shared the same Apple ID with others. But now, you are eager for a new one for your own.
• If you change the email or buy a new iPhone to replace the old one, you may think of how to change Apple account on your new iPhone without losing data.

Method 1. Change Apple ID and not lose data with iCloud

You may have used iCloud to backup your iPhone for a long time, it can also be a helper when you are finding solutions about how to change Apple ID without deleting data.  For better understanding, assume that you'd like to change from Apple ID A to Apple ID B. Optionally, you can make it on iPhone or on PC.

Change Apple ID without losing data on iPhone

When you turn off iCloud syncing on iPhone, you will receive a prompt to ask you if you want to save data on your iPhone or not. In that condition. you can save all data on your iPhone first, then upload it to your new Apple ID.

Step 1. On your iPhone, go to Settings [your name] > Tap iCloud > Toggle off types of data you'd like to save to Apple ID B > Choose Keep on My iPhone option.

Enable Contacts Sync

Step 2. Sign out Apple ID A from iPhone > Sign in account B > Turn on relative icon to sync data to new ID > Choose Merge.

Change Apple ID without losing data via on PC

You can also rely on to transfer data from old Apple ID to the new one.

Go to and sign into Apple ID A > Choose each option to preview and select the contents you need > Save them to computer.

iCloud Site

When it is finished, sign out account A and sign in with account B > Click each option to upload files to the new Apple ID.

Noted that if you didn't pay for extra storage space of iCloud, you may still lost a large number of files after changing your Apple ID. To transfer everything to new Apple ID, you can turn to the next part to seek solutions.

Method 2. Change Apple ID without losing data with skillful software

Even if you can transfer data via iCloud, you can just minimize the data loss. Then, you will ask how do I transfer everything from one Apple ID to another? Luckily, AOMEI MBackupper can help you get rid of this issue.

AOMEI MBackupper makes it possible for Apple users to backup their devices and transfer data among them with no effort. Besides its multiple functions, it has other features and benefits.

No data loss. Almost all your data will be transferred to the other Apple ID, including your photos, contacts, call history, text messages, memos, calendars, Safari (history, bookmarks), applications (data files, preference), and system settings.
Clear interface and simple operations. It’s pretty user-friendly so that it won’t take you too much time to handle it.
Multiple transfer functions. You can rely on AOMEI MBackupper to achieve iPhone to iPhone transfer, iPhone to computer transfer, and vice versa.
A wide compatibility. No matter what series of iPhone(from iPhone 4 to iPhone 13 series), iPad(including iPad 2021), or iPod you are using. It can also work well in the latest iOS 15.

Download AOMEI MBackupper by clicking the icon below for free, and figure out how to change Apple ID without deleting data in the next part.

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How to transfer all data from one Apple ID to another

It’s easy to transfer all data from one Apple ID to another. But you have to do some checks and preparations before all the steps. For better understanding, assume that you sign in the old Apple ID in the source iOS device and the new Apple ID in the target iOS device.

Step 1. Launch AOMEI MBackupper > Connect the two iOS devices to a computer > Tap Trust This Computer on the devices.

Step 2. Click iPhone to iPhone Transfer in the Tool bar in the Home interface.

Iphone To Iphone Transfer

Step 3. Enable Backup encryption to encrypt the data in the source device. 

Backup Encryption Not Enabled

If you enable backup encryption, you will be asked to enter the password when you access the encrypted data.
If the password of the encrypted data is modified, you have to enter the new password to decode the data. Similarly, if you delete the password, the data will not be encrypted anymore.

Step 4. Click Start Transfer to start. 

Start Transfer

When it is over, the target device will restart automatically. Now, you can check whether AOMEI MBackupper has transferred everything you want. If you just want to change Apple ID in the same device, you can also full backup it and restore the data with another account.

How to transfer selected data from one Apple ID to another

If you want to transfer some particular files to another Apple ID, such as transferring non-purchased music to new iPhone with a new Apple ID, AOMEI MBackuppr can also be a decent choice for you. Let’s take transfer music to another Apple ID as an example.

Backup music on the old Apple ID
Step 1. Launch AOMEI MBackupper > Connect the source device to the computer.

Step 2. Click Custom Backup > Click Music to choose the songs you want to transfer to another Apple ID > Click OK to continue. 

Select Songs

Step 3. Select a storage path > Click Start Backup to backup songs to computer.

Click Backup

Restore music to another Apple ID
Step 1. Connect the device which another Apple ID sign in to the computer > Go to the Backup Management screen > Click the Expand tab > Advanced to choose Restore.

Restore To Device

Step 2. You can preview and select the songs as you like. If everything is OK, click Start Restore to make it.


The method above also applies to transfer other files. For example, you can also transfer contacts from one Apple ID to another.


This passage illustrates to you how to change Apple ID without losing data in detail. Confidently, you can transfer all data from one Apple ID to another successfully with AOMEI MBackupper. If you change both Apple ID and your Apple device, it’s highly recommended to erase the old iPhone and make the data unrecoverable to protect your privacy. For more information or queries, feel free to contact us.