If you have received an email or device notification from Apple stating the email address you
use as your Apple ID is reclaimed by BCIT, update your Apple ID email address to continue
using your Apple ID. This might happen if you use an email address for a school or
business that you are no longer part of as your Apple ID.
Updating the email address for your Apple ID only changes the email address you use when
you sign into your Apple ID. The data and purchases associated with your account remain with
your account and aren’t affected. The password for your Apple ID won’t change unless you
decide to change it.
You’ll receive frequent email and device notifications until your Apple ID is updated.
You can update your Apple ID email address with any third-party email address such as
gmail, or you can create an @icloud.com email address. If you create an @icloud.com email
address, you might need to wait 30 days before you can use your @icloud.com email address
as your primary Apple ID.
Changing your email address only changes the Apple ID that other people see when sharing
with you, and the email address Apple uses to contact you regarding your account. The
organization reclaiming your email address won’t have access to your data, and your data
remains with your Apple ID whether you change the email address associated with your
This data includes content you might store in iCloud, like photos, videos, and documents, as
well as any App Store, iTunes Store, and Apple Books purchases, or Apple Music subscription.
Sign in with your updated Apple ID email address to continue using iCloud, the App Store,
iTunes Store, Apple Books, Apple Pay, iMessage, FaceTime, Find My iPhone, and more.
If you don’t choose a new email address for your Apple ID within the requested time period of
the first notification from Apple, services associated with your Apple ID like iMessage and
FaceTime are inactive until you change your Apple ID email address.
If you don’t update your Apple ID within the requested time of the first notification from Apple,
your Apple ID changes to a temporary username that includes @temporary.appleid.com. For
example, email@example.com changes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To update your Apple ID after the requested time, sign in with your temporary Apple ID
username when you change your Apple ID email address.
In the Sign-In and Security section, choose Apple ID.
Enter the email address that you want to use as your Apple ID.
Choose Change Apple ID.
If you changed your Apple ID to a third-party email address, check your email for a
verification code, then enter the code. Learn what to do if you didn’t get the email.
If you use services like iCloud or Messages to share with friends and colleagues, sign in to
those services with your updated Apple ID.
If you try to change your Apple ID to an @icloud.com email address that was created within the
last 30 days, you will be asked to try again later.
If you see a message that the email address you want to use isn’t available or is already in use,
check that you or a family member aren’t already using that email address with a different
Apple ID. If a family member is using that email address, remove it from their account then try
to use it.
More information about accounts, passwords, and access