[2 Ways] How to Change Apple ID Without Losing Data

Find solutions to how to change Apple ID without losing data? Two effective ways are recommended to you to easily change Apple Account without losing anything.


By Demi / Updated on June 12, 2024

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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 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 make a new Apple ID, you may take the risk of losing data, which most of us cannot bear. 

If I change my Apple ID will I lose everything?

How to change Apple ID on iPhone/iPad
It is straightforward and simple to change Apple ID on iPhone/iPad. Just head to the iPhone Settings app > Tap [your name] > Scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and tap Sign out.

sign out

However, you may still have the concern, "if I make a new Apple ID will I lose everything?" The answer to this question may depend. When changing to a new Apple ID, there may be some data loss, but you can make some preparations to avoid it or minimize it. Here in this guide, we will offer you two methods to change Apple ID without losing data. Without further ado, let's get started.

Method 1. How to change Apple ID without losing data - 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.

How to change Apple ID on iPhone 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 the relative icon to sync data to the new ID > Choose Merge.

How to change Apple ID without losing data via iCloud.com on PC

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

Go to iCloud.com and sign in to Apple ID A > Choose each option to preview and select the contents you need > Save them to your 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.

Note that if you didn't pay for extra storage space in iCloud, you may still lose 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 with freeware phone tools.

Method 2. How to 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 to make a new Apple ID without losing everything? Luckily, FoneTool can help you get rid of this issue.

FoneTool 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 without Apple ID limitation, 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 it won’t take you too much time to handle it.
Multiple transfer functions. You can rely on FoneTool 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 15 series), iPad(including iPad 2022), or iPod you are using. It can also work well in the latest iOS 17.

Download FoneTool 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 FoneTool > Connect the two iOS devices to a computer > Tap Trust on the devices.

Step 2. Click Phone Transfer > Find iPhone to iPhone and click Start Transfer.

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 FoneTool has transferred everything you want. If you just want to change Apple ID on 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, FoneTool can also be a decent choice for you. Let’s take transferring music to another Apple ID as an example.

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

Step 2. Click Phone Backup and go to Selective 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 with another Apple ID sign in to the computer > Click Backup History > Click the three-dots icon and choose Restore.

Restore To Device

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


The method above also applies to transferring 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 FoneTool. 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.

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.