How to Retain an Apple ID While Switching Your iCloud Email Address

Are you having issues with your iCloud address because it cannot be used due to unwanted emails and spam? Well, hello, there! No more issues and worries, as we have tips and tricks to help you out. Here’s how to.

Your Apple ID

Apple ID is an email-based authentication login made for iPhones, Mac, and iPads. Your Apple ID is what keeps you logged in into a single account on all devices, and it synchronizes your information from iCloud. iCloud then allows you to handoff information from one device to another with ease. It also keeps services and apps loaded onto your devices. Without your Apple ID, it is possible to use Apple devices but know that you might not enjoy it at the very least. Once you are logged in with your Apple ID on any device, it synchronizes that device with your iCloud account, and it also adds the device to your list of devices associated with your Apple ID. 

When you login into a new Apple device like Mac, iPhone, or iPad, everything you have set in the former phone automatically sets right in the new one. For instance, your Notes, Reminders, Pages, and iCloud settings come to play the exact way you left it in the other Apple device. You also get to manage your iCloud from any device you are logged into. 

Spams and unwanted emails can be so much in your address to the extent that it might render the account useless, making you less interested in it. To make matters worse, if it is your Apple ID account name, then you are truly in for a treat. This is because Apple does not allow one to change an Apple ID email account login to any other address once it ends in,, or So also, Apple doesn’t allow one to add email aliases that end in, only receive emails. 

Although, the main interface of lets you create a mail rule that can provide you with what you need and preserve your Apple ID account. It is also very possible to keep all the incoming mail you no longer need in your iCloud address in the trash. 

However, if you need to change your iCloud email address, a breakdown of how to change your iCloud email is explained below.

  1. Sign in to with your current account login. Note that this cannot be done accurately if you are using Mail in iOS or macOS.  
  2. Tap the Mail icon, click the gear at the lower-left corner of the browser, and then pick ‘Preferences.’
  3. Tap the ‘Accounts’ button
  4. Tap ‘Add an Alias’
  5. Input an alias name that you intend you use in the future with email and click OK. For instance, it will turn out like this: iCloud lets you know if the address is not available. 
  6. Tap the ‘Rules’ icon in Preferences
  7. Tap ‘Add a Rule’
  8. Below ‘If a message, pick ‘is addressed to’ and enter your main address at which you no longer want to receive emails. Like this example; 
  9. Next is click ‘Then’ and select ‘Move to Trash’ and ‘Mark and Read.’
  10.  Lastly, click ‘Done’ for the rule and then ‘Done’ to exit Preferences. 

After the steps above have been duly followed, note that all the incoming messages to can now be found in the Trash folder, though it is not deleted. It can only be deleted if you have a time based setting to remove deleted mail in the Mail app in iOS or macOS. You can do well to check through the Trash folder if you want to see what’s coming in. Instead of this, you can decide to shunt all to another folder in step 9. Every email that is directed to automatically appears in the box. 

As mentioned in step 1, how that macOS and iOS Mail cannot handle this as well. Mail for iOS lacks rules, but you can set rules in Mail for macOS, including defining one precisely like the rule above, and some other different sophisticated operations. 

For all these to work on your Mac, your Mac must be on, not sleeping, and must be actively connected to the internet. The Mail app must be running too. Once you set the processing rule directly at, the rule is always applicable to the mail’s arrival. Note that iCloud never sleeps or goes off.